Ryan Nawrocki en­ters 6th District race

The Avenue News - - NEWS - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­pub.com

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.

RYAN NAWROCKI

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