Dundalk native Davis gears up for Co. Council run
Focus on youth, drug outreach
Dundalk native Richard Davis recently lost his girlfriend of five years after her battle with cancer. Though devastated, he has channeled his grief into helping others overcome their own struggles.
Now, he is hoping to make
an ever bigger impact as the next Baltimore County councilman.
Davis has filed to run for the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County Council in the 2018 election. If he wins the June 26, 2018, primary, he would face incumbent Republican Councilman Todd Crandell in the Nov. 6, 2018, election.
A longtime Dundalkian, Davis attended Dundalk Elementary, North Point Junior High and Patapsco Senior High schools and took courses at Baltimore City Community College.
He worked for Amtrack for 14 years before becoming director of security for Days Inn at the harbor for four years. For the last 20 years he has worked at the security office at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
For Davis, his path to political candidate began after his longtime girlfriend succumbed to cancer.
“I was a mess, so I joined a group at St. Rita,” he explained.
The grief support group helped him begin to heal and he, in turn, became a counselor. Now, he works to help others overcome their own struggles.
“I took my pain and energy and hurt and put it into something positive to help other people,” he explained.
Davis hopes to bring his efforts to a wider audience through his run for county council.
“That’s why I decided to run this campaign,” he said, “To help others.”
One of Davis’ main focuses is on supporting young people across the community, especially those addicted to drugs.
“I’ve seen a lot of youth have lost their way,” he said.
Davis offers a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. He hopes to be an advocate, especially in the wake of an ever-growing opioid epidemic that is proving especially fatal.
“We’re losing a young generation,” he said. “They’re dying everyday.”
Davis is calling for longer, more involved drug rehabilitation programs, noting that “30-day rehab programs often don’t work.”
He is also calling for a return to values in the community, something he would emphasize as councilman.
“We’ve lost the values in our community,” he said, noting that “communities have lost their way.”
Speaking more specifically, Davis cited the North Point Government Center saga, which has been ongoing since County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced his intentions to sell park of the site for private development in 2012.
Davis is calling for greater community involvement in the process.
“The people in the community should gave a voice in that,” he noted.
“I think it should be used for something that would benefit the community,” Davis said of the center, He supports recreational and public use space at the site, as opposed to private development.
He favors remodeling the existing building, though notes that the finances must be examined to determine the best course of action.”
“I think it’s a big heritage thing, I think it should stay there,” he said of the community building.
On the issue of the economy and jobs, Davis is calling for more family-supporting jobs that pay a living wage.
“We need to create jobs people can live off of,” he noted.
He is calling to more job training programs, especially for those recovering from drug addiction.
“We need a program to get them back in the workforce,” he said. “Show them someone cares.”
Davis is running for county council in the hopes of bringing these issues to the table and providing a voice for the community, especially the youth.
“These young people are lost,” he said. “Moe young people are getting lost every day.”
He added, “The council looks in one direction and not at everything we need in these communities.”
Regarding his potential rival in the general election, incumbent Councilman Crandell, he said, “I think his performance as far as job creation was very great, but the jobs we did get were low-paying jobs.”
“He didn’t have a program to talk about the kids we’re losing everyday and about drugs,” he continued, adding, “Some people in North Point Village told me they’re afraid to walk in their own community.”
He also spoke out against Crandell’s bill mandating law enforcement officials be trained to screen for illegal immigrants. The bill was later tabled.
“I didn’t feel that correctional officers should have to do that training,” Davis said.
Regarding the controversy surrounding County Executive Kamenetz’s executive order making Baltimore County a so-called “sanctuary county”, he said, “You have to make sure people are here legally.”
“You have to screen people better,” he noted. “You have to check backgrounds, whatever it takes to make sure those people are legal.”
Asked about other issues he feels strongly about, Davis pointed to Meals on Wheels, saying, “I want to make sure Meals on Wheels for seniors that have already qualified is intact.”
He also cited a desire to ensure park land is not developed or sold, saying, “We don’t need development to take them away.”
For Davis, his main goal is to help others and serve as a voice for the community.
“I think I can really make a difference,” he said. “This is my calling — to help others.
Richard Davis has filed to run as a Democrat for the Baltimore County Council.