Nichols has experience in creating positive change in the community
At this time of extreme divisiveness in American politics, Democrat Julia Nichols is the kind of advocate we need as a delegate for District 29C.
Grandstanding on slogans and ideologies — and vilifying the opposition — will not solve our problems. To get things done for our communities and our citizens, we need to build bridges and focus on practical solutions, which is why Julia’s expertise is especially valuable.
While every candidate brings their own experience to government, there seem to be two basic types in office now. Established politicians have practice in procedure, but are often compromised by years of political back-room deal making. Other candidates these days tend to be businesspeople. A corporate background is presumed to bring efficiency to politics and an ability to “get things done.” Yet, too often, these corporate candidates carry the heavy baggage of vested interests beyond their mandate to serve.
Julia’s background is neither of these, but of an all-too-rare third type: a lifelong engaged citizen. A longtime Southern Maryland resident, and proud mother of three school-aged children, she has worked to expand opportunities in Southern Maryland by focusing on education (helping to open the Chesapeake Public Charter School) and the arts (founding the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Choir and serving as secretary of the St. Mary’s Arts Council Board). In short, Julia is deeply involved in our community, working with parents and other stakeholders to really “be the change” we need.
Rather than ask whether a candidate has “experience” or not, we should be asking what kind of experience they bring. Julia’s experiences place her at the nexus of government and public services, as she has been involved with local and state governments and agen- cies and knows how the systems work. Through these activities, Julia gained real experience in strategy, budgets and management. She believes it is imperative to work together across our community to achieve sensible goals. At the same time, she is clear about the necessity of transparency and accountability that ensures positive results for the amazing institutions she has spearheaded.
Julia is a strong and effective communicator, passionate about important issues, but also pragmatic and empathetic.
In addition to all the practical lessons she learned and the achievements she attained, her work has always been based on grassroots community values. To Julia, serving our community above all means listening to our community.
Haven’t we had enough “political operatives” trading the next perk, privilege or resource for access? Haven’t we had enough of corporate players to see that their values and actions do not necessarily translate into positive change for our community?
Now is the time for real community empowerment, based on Julia’s values and hands-on approach.
For well over a decade, Julia has been a quietly effective community leader. Her key campaign concerns are creating housing and good jobs, protecting our water resources and building bridges — whether crossing the Patuxent or spanning the political aisle.
Julia’s strengths and insights are just what our community needs now. She represents the values of our community, and has the kind of experience in creating positive change that we should be voting for.
I’m proud to support Julia Nichols’ candidacy for state delegate for District 29C.
Kate Harrison Muchnick, St. Mary’s City