Con­sider a can­di­date who gets things done

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Politi­cians like to de­clare they are go­ing to change pol­i­tics as usual, but few are ac­tu­ally suc­cess­ful. Words with­out ac­tions are just empty promises. It’s not enough to bring a South­ern Mary­land agenda to An­napo­lis. A del­e­gate must also work with 187 other rep­re­sen­ta­tives and nav­i­gate agen­cies and pro­ce­dures. Gov­ern­ing is hard, con­tin­u­ous work.

It’s time we stop send­ing well-in­ten­tioned in­di­vid­u­als to the Gen­eral Assem­bly and look to peo­ple who ac­tu­ally have the work ethic and ex­pe­ri­ence to be suc­cess­ful.

That’s why I’m sup­port­ing Demo­crat Ju­lia Ni­chols for state del­e­gate rep­re­sent­ing Dis­trict 29C. Ju­lia is a nat­u­ral leader and prob­lem solver. For the last 20 years, she is the per­son who takes charge and has led ev­ery­thing from the lo­cal Moms Of­fer­ing Moms Sup­port group to the board of di­rec­tors for the Ch­e­sa­peake Pub­lic Char­ter School.

An ac­tive com­mu­nity mem­ber, Ju­lia’s strengths in­clude iden­ti­fy­ing prob­lems, en­gag­ing stake­hold­ers, re­search­ing so­lu­tions and in­vest­ing the time in see­ing an is­sue re­solved. This in­vest­ment of­ten runs years at a time and in­volves at­tend­ing school board meet­ings, county com­mis­sioner meet­ings or speak­ing in An­napo­lis. Through it all, Ju­lia stays the course and re­mains in­vested when oth­ers have tired or de­clared the sit­u­a­tion im­pos­si­ble.

I’ve watched her re­peat this process over and over — from want­ing choice in St. Mary’s pub­lic schools and work­ing with the lo­cal school board to cre­at­ing a suc­cess­ful char­ter school to es­tab­lish­ing a lo­cal youth orches­tra and choir with 100 chil­dren in St. Mary’s and Calvert coun­ties. She’s not afraid to chal­lenge the sys­tem and stand up for im­por­tant is­sues.

As a friend, Ju­lia is al­ways there with re­spect, com­pas­sion and un­der­stand­ing. It’s been a plea­sure to see her run for of­fice and ex­tend those same qual­i­ties to the peo­ple in her dis­trict. She’s held reg­u­lar lis­ten­ing tours over the past year, can­vassed neigh­bor­hoods and at­tended nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity events; all to meet and en­gage the peo­ple she wants to rep­re­sent. Re­gard­less of your party af­fil­i­a­tion, Ju­lia will rep­re­sent our in­ter­ests and work hard for ev­ery­one. It’s the only way she knows how to work.

Ju­lia Ni­chols has qui­etly and con­sis­tently bet­tered our com­mu­nity for the last two decades. You might not rec­og­nize her many ac­com­plish­ments or be­hind the scenes work be­cause she’s more likely to lis­ten than talk. In a po­lit­i­cal cli­mate that re­wards show­man­ship and shock, but fails to yield ac­tual re­sults, I ask that you con­sider a can­di­date who is truly dif­fer­ent: some­one who gets things done.

Kate Uf­ford, Call­away

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