2018: John Ol­szewski Jr. res­ur­rects his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer

The Dundalk Eagle - - Rec Council News - By: CHARLENE MAYO [email protected]­pub.com

When John Ol­szewski Jr., de­feated Repub­li­can op­po­nent Al Red­mer Jr. in Novem­ber’s gen­eral elec­tion for Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive, it com­pleted a four-year jour­ney from what could have been the end of the for­mer state del­e­gate’s po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

Back in 2014, Ol­szewski suf­fered what, un­til then, had been the un­think­able: he, a Demo­crat, lost to a Repub­li­can (John Ray Salling) in the race for State Se­na­tor.

Up to that year, Dun­dalk had never elected a Repub­li­can to the state leg­is­la­ture (Repub­li­cans also swept all three lo­cal del­e­gate seats that year).

Ac­cord­ing to Ol­szewski, peo­ple didn’t give him much of chance and wrote him off after his hard loss in 2014.

“But I be­lieved in Bal­ti­more County, and I be­lieved in each of you, and in turn, you be­lieved in me,” he noted.

Dur­ing the prmary elec­tion in June, Ol­szewski was third in the polls be­hind op­po­nents Vicki Al­mond and Jim Brochin. In a close con­test, Ol­szewski de­feated Brochin by 17 votes.

The win­ner couldn’t be de­ter­mined un­til after the ab­sen­tee and pro­vi­sional bal­lots were counted, and then a re­count of all votes.

The gen­eral elec­tion was less nervewrack­ing for Ol­szewski. He beat Red­mar by a vote of 174,406 to 129,209.

Ol­szewski’s, “peo­ple-pow­ered cam­paign” con­sisted of him and his team go­ing door to door, reach­ing out to peo­ple per­son­ally, mainly on the west­side of Bal­ti­more County.

After fail­ing to gain a seat in the Se­nate, Ol­szewski cre­ated “A Bet­ter Bal­ti­more County”, a group that would al­low him to do un­of­fi­cial cam­paign­ing, mak­ing ed­u­ca­tion one of his pri­mary fo­cuses.

He was the first to en­ter the county ex­ec­u­tive’s race in 2017.

Be­ing a pub­lic school teacher for al­most a decade, Ol­szewski stated he wanted to in­crease free preschool and com­mu­nity col­lege, in­crease min­i­mum wage, build more af­ford­able hous­ing and to pro­gres­sively move county gov­ern­ment for­ward.

Ol­szewski is com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing an even more trans­par­ent and open gov­ern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Ol­szewski, he will take new ideas, no mat­ter where they come from, be­cause the im­por­tance of Bal­ti­more County and the peo­ple the live in it, is more sig­nif­i­cant than pol­i­tics.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

County Ex­ec­u­tive John Ol­szewski Jr., a Spar­rows Point High grad­u­ate, con­grat­u­lates the Pointer girls soc­cer team on be­ing hon­ored as the 10th-ranked team in the na­tion. Oszewski stunned just about all po­lit­i­cal ex­perts by win­ning the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion for county ex­ec­u­tive, and then tak­ing the gen­eral elec­tion.

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