Staiger­wald set to run for District Six State Se­nate

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By MIA MCCASLIN mm­c­caslin@ches­pub.com

Bud Staiger­wald, a born and raised Dun­dalk lo­cal, has filed his in­ten­tions to run for Mary­land State Se­nate in 2018.

The Dun­dalk Demo­crat last ran for pub­lic of­fice in 2014, when he ran for the District Seven seat on the Bal­ti­more County Coun­cil.

If elected as District Six’s state sen­a­tor, Staiger­wald plans to uti­lize his com­bined decades of ex­pe­ri­ence with the North Point-Edge­mere Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment and the school board to pro­mote safety and com­mu­nity pro­grams lo­cally as well as statewide.

“The vi­sion I have doesn’t just help District Six, but the whole east side of

the county and city, all the way over to Anne Arun­del County,” said Staiger­wald, though he de­clined to share his vi­sion this soon in the cam­paign.

With more than a year un­til the gen­eral elec­tions in Mary­land, Staiger­wald’s an­nounce­ment comes early in the cam­paign. How­ever, Re­pub­li­can Johnny Ray Salling, the State Se­nate seat’s in­cum­bent, has al- ready an­nounced his in­ten­tions to run again in 2018.

“I’ll put my re­sume up against any­one’s,” Staiger­wald stated. “I would prove an ef­fec­tive com­mu­nity leader. I’m not rep­re­sent­ing Bud Staiger­wald’s be­liefs, I’m rep­re­sent­ing the be­liefs of the district.”

Ac­cord­ing to Staiger­wald, the same can­not be said for those cur­rently in of­fice.

“I’m not here to cast dis­per­sions on Salling, but if you are to look at the records of the last four years, I think that I have proven that I can be ef­fec­tive, but I don’t know if I can say the same of him,” said Staiger­wald. “He’s done some great things, but show me some­thing that he’s done specif­i­cally for our district.”

Staiger­wald be­lieves that his strong con­nec­tion to the com­mu­nity and the work­ings of the district will help him in his run for of­fice.

A mas­ter elec­tri­cian, he has worked for BGE for nearly three decades, and this ex­pe­ri­ence, he said, has led him to value skilled la­bor that can bring high pay- ing jobs back to the district.

Ac­cord­ing to Staiger­wald, many la­bor unions sup­ported his run for County Coun­cil, and he is an­tic­i­pat­ing their con­tin­ued sup­port dur­ing his run for Se­nate.

In ad­di­tion to his work with unions, Staiger­wald has spent 25 years as a mem­ber and leader of the North Point-Edge­mere Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment , so he strongly val­ues health and safety.

Staiger­wald claims to have wit­nessed the de­struc­tion that the opi­oid epi­demic has caused in the com­mu­nity and says that he “be­lieves it is of the ut­most im­por­tance to en­sure that our peo­ple and as­sets are safe and pro­tected.”

Staiger­wald be­lieves that his big­gest strength as a politi­cian would be his abil­ity to work across the aisle.

“Part of be­ing an elected of­fi­cial is be­ing able to work col­lab­o­ra­tively with your net­work,” Staiger­wald said. “It’s not about be­ing a Demo­crat or a Re­pub­li­can, it’s about work­ing to­gether for your peo­ple.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the 2018 elec­tion in District Six, con­tinue to fol­low

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF DEB­BIE STAIGER­WALD

Bud Staiger­wald has of­fi­cially filed to run for State Se­nate.

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