Jim Coul­ter looks to con­tinue legacy of ser­vice in QA’s

The Star Democrat - - LOCAL - By KRIS­TIAN JAIME Kjaime@ches­pub

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Jim Coul­ter can thank ex­cel­lent tim­ing and ex­am­ples of pub­lic ser­vice within his fam­ily for in­spir­ing him to run as the Demo­cratic can­di­date for the District 3 Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion seat.

He learned from a fa­ther who served as the sec­re­tary of nat­u­ral re­sources for the State of Mary­land. Af­ter mil­i­tary ser­vice in the Army, he at­tained a mas­ter’s de­gree in fi­nance and served at the helm of a suc­cess­ful com­pany.

“I worked in cor­po­rate life for a num­ber of years where I man­aged bud­gets and fi­nan­cial sys­tems,” Coul­ter said. “We ran a real es­tate busi­ness for a num­ber of years that was suc­cess­ful and sold it to a bro­ker­age firm. I’ve al­ways been ac­tive in the com­mu­nity serv­ing on the board of direc­tors for a hos­pi­tal. My fam­ily has even been ac­tive with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, as well.”

Cur­rently, Coul­ter serves as a vol­un­teer for the county pro­gram, Char­ac­ter Counts, at Gra­sonville El­e­men­tary School. As a busy res­i­dent of Queen Anne’s County, the urge to be­come a can­di­date was rooted in what he saw as in­creas­ing po­lit­i­cal strife in re­cent years and pub­lic ser­vants align­ing them­selves with ide­olo­gies rather than re­al­is­tic so­lu­tions.

The adage that any po­lit­i­cal cam­paign should be more about help­ing con­stituents than sim­ply get­ting elected is alive and well in the Coul­ter camp. Yet get­ting the mes­sage out about vi­tal plat­form points is eas­ier said than done.

“I had an op­por­tu­nity af­ter sell­ing my busi­ness when I was con­tacted by the Demo­cratic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and I seized that op­por­tu­nity,” Coul­ter said. “(Com­mis­sion­ers) have to do their home­work, and we have to lis­ten to the ded­i­cated peo­ple in the county that know about the is­sues. Man­ag­ing the de­tails of the county re­quires part­ner­ships to come up with an­swers.”

Coul­ter cited his busi­ness back­ground as an as­set in deal­ing the com­plex­i­ties of press­ing bud­getary is­sues like con­trolled growth in Queen Anne’s County, costs for traf­fic so­lu­tions, funds for first re­spon­der ser­vices and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues with the Bay.

One press­ing is­sue fac­ing the county is the in­creased num­ber of cars on U.S. Route 50/301. Fol­low­ing the Con­sol­i­dated Trans­porta­tion Pro­gram meet­ing with the Mary­land De­part­ment of the Trans­porta­tion and the county Tues­day, Sept. 18, county com­mis­sion­ers of­fi­cially in­tro­duced a traf­fic plan.

“The state has to lis­ten to us and give us the (re­sources) to fix it. This was a prob­lem they cre­ated and one that af­fects Kent Is­land res­i­dents. We have to be a thorn in their side and in front all the time to fi­nally push an agenda through,” Coul­ter said.

He warned against bring­ing up the traf­fic is­sue just for the sum­mer sea­son not­ing that it is in­cum­bent on state del­e­gates and county com­mis­sion­ers to stress al­le­vi­at­ing mea­sures.

“I feel that there’s a num­ber of is­sues that com­mis­sion­ers are rais­ing be­cause it’s an elec­tion. If there’s an in­dict­ment against the cur­rent com­mis­sion, it’s that all these is­sues are com­ing out five weeks be­fore the elec­tion,” Coul­ter said.

Coul­ter said the pub­lic should keep in mind what he called his mea­sured and re­spon­si­ble ap­proach to com­plex is­sues.

Coul­ter faces for­mer County Com­mis­sioner Phil Du­me­nil in the gen­eral elec­tion.

More in­for­ma­tion on Coul­ter is avail­able at www.coul­ter­for­com­mis­sioner.ruck.us.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Demo­cratic can­di­date for District 3 County Com­mis­sioner Jim Coul­ter speaks with Karen Green of Stevensville about im­por­tant is­sues fac­ing Queen Anne’s County.

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