We need a del­e­gate like Ni­chols in District 29C

The Calvert Recorder - - Community Forum -

I met Julia Ni­chols about a year and a half ago at a Demo­cratic Club meeting. She had al­ready de­cided to run for of­fice by that time. She was ex­u­ber­ant. She knew the chal­lenges that she would face and she was com­mit­ted. Her fam­ily was 100 per­cent be­hind her, even though it would mean sac­ri­fices all around, and her friends were lin­ing up to vol­un­teer in any way they could. Team Julia was ready for the work ahead.

And the con­stituents of both coun­ties have re­sponded with en­thu­si­asm. They know that Julia has put time and en­ergy into lis­ten­ing to the folks of both coun­ties about what they need to see from their del­e­gate. She has been in their homes, in their com­mu­ni­ties and in their cen­ters of care and learn­ing — al­ways in a spirit of col­lab­o­ra­tion. She has sur­rounded her­self with a team of peo­ple who are ac­tively seek­ing so­lu­tions to bring sta­bil­ity, health, and se­cu­rity for all res­i­dents.

Julia’s ap­proach is a di­rect con­trast with our cur­rent Repub­li­can in­cum­bent. Del. Ger­ald W. “Jerry” Clark was ap­pointed al­most two years ago and we know al­most noth­ing about where he stands on is­sues or how he wants to re­solve any of the chal­lenges Calvert and St. Mary’s face in the short-term or longterm fu­ture. He doesn’t use any of the myr­iad tools for com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the com­mu­nity, his re­sponses in the de­bates are vague and non-com­mit­tal, and he has of­fered al­most no op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet him in per­son. The hand­ful of bills that he has been the pri­mary spon­sor tell us only that he wants to ex­pand hunt­ing, try to get a grant for a youth cen­ter in Calvert County and re­peal a $100 fee to dis­solve a com­pany. He has added his name to plenty of other bills, but any del­e­gate can do that. He doesn’t seem to be in­ter­ested in en­gag­ing with the process to im- prove the lives of Calvert and St. Mary’s res­i­dents.

Our region needs more. We need a del­e­gate who cares and wants to work hard. Julia has demon­strated her drive and work ethic through her en­tire cam­paign. She is trans­par­ent in what she supports and has proven time and again that she wants the com­mu­nity to be work­ing with her to solve our is­sues.

If you want an en­gaged del­e­gate who has worked in­ces­santly and will con­tinue to do so once elected, vote Julia Ni­chols for District 29C del­e­gate on Nov. 6.

Bon­nie Kelnberger, Cal­i­for­nia

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