Nichols runs for delegate
Democrat first to file for 29C district seat
A Leonardtown homemaker and education advocate has filed as a Democratic candidate in next year’s election for state delegate to represent central St. Mary’s and southern Calvert County.
Julia Margaret Nichols, 44, filed on Tuesday for the 29C district delegate seat, which is currently held by Gerald W. “Jerry” Clark (RSt. Mary’s, Calvert) who was appointed last year to fill the vacancy left by Tony O’Donnell, who joined the Maryland Public Service Commission. Clark said he plans to run in 2018 to keep the delegate seat, but has not yet filed.
It is Nichols’ first try for a public office. She said this week that a friend suggested to her that she run for state delegate. Nichols said she was “not very enamored” with the idea at first, but then decided she didn’t want to be just another person complaining about things and wanted to become part of the solution.
“I’ve always been interested in helping people and the communities that I live in. What better way, then, to step up as a public servant?” Nichols said on Wednesday.
Nichols moved to St. Mary’s County in 1997 and worked at Historic St. Mary’s City and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. After her daughter was born, she was involved in the start of the Chesapeake Public Charter School in Lexington Park, which has been open for 11 years.
In 2012, Nichols started the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Choir, which has more than 100 student members.
Nichols said she has always been active in educational issues, and as a candidate she wants to be able to improve the quality of life in Southern Maryland.
“As delegate, I will advocate for the [Gov.] Thomas Johnson Bridge to be rebuilt in a way that will accommodate the increase in traffic we have seen over the decades,” she states on her website. She added, “As delegate, I will work to ensure that policies implemented across the state will take into account the necessity for clean water in our region, and I will support environmental standards that will keep our land, air and water clean.
“As delegate, I would work to encourage smart and sustainable development in our counties. It is important to preserve the rural nature of our area while at the same time bringing in services, facilities and jobs for our residents,” she stated.
In general, “our current government officials don’t always work together,” she said. “I’ve always worked well with people of different backgrounds to bring positive solutions.”
Nichols said she wants to focus on issues rather than partisan politics or posturing.
“No matter who is in office, they ought to be able to figure out solutions. They need to be thinking about the people, their constituents,” she said. “Maybe if a few of us get into the mix, maybe it will make a little bit of change.”