Abell files as Democrat
Retired civil servant seeking District 2 commissioner seat
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.