Ni­chols runs for del­e­gate

Demo­crat first to file for 29C district seat

The Enterprise - - News - By JA­SON BAB­COCK jbab­cock@somd­ Twit­ter: @Ja­sonEn­tNews

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.”


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