Abell files as Demo­crat

Re­tired civil ser­vant seek­ing District 2 com­mis­sioner seat

The Enterprise - - News - By JA­SON BAB­COCK jbab­cock@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @Ja­sonEn­tNews

A re­tired civil ser­vant filed this week to run for St. Mary’s County com­mis­sioner, specif­i­cally to rep­re­sent the Leonard­town and Hol­ly­wood ar­eas.

An­n­Marie Abell, 57, filed as a Demo­crat for the District 2 seat on Tues­day for the 2018 elec­tion. Com­mis­sioner Mike He­witt (R) cur­rently rep­re­sents the district and has not yet filed for re-elec­tion. The in­cum­bent said in an in­ter­view ear­lier this year he was still con­sid­er­ing whether or not to run for a sec­ond term.

A res­i­dent of St. Mary’s County since 1980, Abell worked at Patux­ent River Naval Air Sta­tion for 35 years in var­i­ous lead­er­ship po­si­tions. Her last po­si­tion be­fore re­tir­ing was as di­rec­tor of con­tin­u­ous process im­prove­ment. It is her first try for a public of­fice. Abell, who lives in Leonard­town, said her cam­paign “is about work­ing to­gether. What’s our shared vi­sion for what this county can be and what it needs to be? This is home for me. My heart is here. I want the best for this county and that’s why I’m run­ning.”

Abell said she wants to be “the voice for St. Mary’s cit­i­zens at the com­mis­sion­ers’ ta­ble and to en­sure res­i­dents have ac­cess to the ser­vices and re­sources at ev­ery stage of their lives.”

She said she is in­ter­ested in ad­dress­ing the lack of af­ford­able hous­ing for fam­i­lies with mod­er­ate in­comes and di­ver­si­fy­ing the lo­cal econ­omy by bring­ing in new jobs to St. Mary’s County that are not re­lated to Pax River NAS.

“We have folks in the com­mu­nity that are falling be­hind or hav­ing a hard time fully par­tic­i­pat­ing in the op­por­tu­ni­ties and ben­e­fits of our county’s eco­nomic growth,” she said in a press re­lease.

“Our county is on pace to con­tinue grow­ing, which is good for our lo­cal econ­omy. This brings many hopes to our folks and some­times frus­tra­tions when things fail to work out as in­tended. We must think about the like­li­hood of un­planned ef­fects caused by growth and take mea­sures to pre­vent prob­lems caused by it,” she stated.

Abell said “other is­sues that tend to lag be­hind” in St. Mary’s County are trans­porta­tion, wa­ter and sewer, public safety, schools, and recre­ation and parks.

Among civic groups that Abell served on, she was the naval avi­a­tion com­mu­nity partner rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Patux­ent River NAS on the St. Mary’s County Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion.

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