Ryan Nawrocki enters 6th District race
Republican Ryan Nawrocki, a former Hogan and Ehrlich Administration official, has declared his run for the District 6 County Council seat.
Nawrocki, who lives in Middle River, announced his candidacy on Tuesday, October 10, saying that the district needs a change and that his experience and vision can make positive choices for Baltimore County.
“I believe that by working together we can achieve what many people think is now impossible— better schools, more jobs, and improved infrastructure. Residents from Bowleys Quarters to Hillendale have told me, it’s time we have a voice on the council. We need someone who will put people above politics,” he said.
Nawrocki said he was motivated to run after seeing multiple points of failures in the County’s leadership. One example, he said, was seeing the degrading state of the area’s schools.
“Look at where we are as a county from an educa- tion perspective, we’re just not where we need to be,” he said, referencing failing standardized test scores in the County’s schools.
He said there has been a lack of proper investment in education and that the money that is being given to schools is not making its way down to students in classrooms.
A solution Nawrocki proposed was introducing a bill that would call for an audit of the school system through an independent, non-partisan agency that would show where the money is truly going and how this funding can be better used.
“The first step with anything is to actually have facts on your side.”
He also criticized the County government for creating an environment that doesn’t welcome new businesses and high paying jobs. For example, he said failing intersections and under-funded infrastructure prevents many from opening up shop in the district.
“We need to ask ourselves ‘what more can we do to create a better transportation network in Baltimore County?’” he said.
Nawrocki’s other concerns have to do with public safety and the seemingly increasing incidents of violent crimes, such as auto thefts and assault, in the area.
“I think we need to look at different ways to police some of these areas. For example, it makes sense for officers to be in patrol cars in Bowleys Quarters, but in some of the neighborhoods where houses are closer together, like Rosedale or where you have rowhouses like Hillendale, maybe some community policing would work there,” he said, promoting an on-the-ground approach to enforcement. “It’ll get the officer out in the community more and help establish a level of trust between the community and the officers, which will hopefully help deter and solve crimes.”
Nawrocki had previously worked under the administration of former Gov. Bob Ehrlich as a spokesperson for the Maryland Aviation Association and as a representative for Representative Andy Harris (R-1). Most recently, he worked under the Hogan administration as the senior director of communications and marketing for Maryland Transportation Administration.
He said these experiences have given him a different background and perspective on politics, allowing him to understand how state and local governments work while cultivating relationships in these agencies. He currently is the owner of a small business, a marketing and com- munications firm.
Nawrocki is one of several Republicans vying for the 6th District County Council position and hoping to unseat democratic Councilwoman Cathy Bevins. He ran against Bevins in 2010, losing the seat by a small margin.
“We’ve had 7 years of what we have now and I think we highlighted some key areas where there is systemic failure. Those in power have had seven years to address major issues but the statistics seem to be going in the opposite direction,” said Nawrocki. “We know what results are and if you’re happy with middle of the road, failing results, then don’t vote for me. But if you want to see a change and go in a different direction and fix and figure out solutions, that would be my pitch. I have ideas and I have solutions to these big problems.”
For more information on Nawrocki and his campaign, visit www.ryannawrocki.nationbuilder.com.
The Republican Primary Election is Tuesday, June 26, 2018 and the General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.