Krueger seeks commission 4 seat
CENTREVILLE — With a long tenure in education, Democrat Deborah Krueger is no stranger to community involvement, but stakes got higher with her official announcement for her bid for District 4 County Commissioner.
Though originally from Long Island, New York, she relocated to the Eastern Shore 21 years ago and quickly became a member of the PTA school board and an active parent in her children’s Boy Scout Troop.
“My husband and I wanted a slower pace of life and that’s when we did research on Queen Anne’s County,” said Krueger. “All three of my kids have grown up here and are graduates of Queen Anne’s County public schools. I’ve been working in public education for over 30 years and this county has a close-knit community and good quality schools.”
The propensity to work with community initiatives, which developed in her college years, continued after she arrived to Queen Anne’s County.
Living by the wisdom that one is the change they want to see, the concerns she had with her children’s education soon precipitated holding most positions designated for parents. Lessons learned in dealing with the logistics of changing polices meant starting in the immediate community.
“Change starts at the local level. The affect that the county government has on your daily life is great. It’s so important for our commissioners to be the cheerleaders for the agenda in this county. They need to have a relationship with our state legislators to push our agenda forward on their end,” Krueger said.
Like other Democrats on the ballot in November, Krueger has never run for public office. Yet much of her political career has been behind the scenes. As a member of the Democratic Central Committee, she and colleagues were tasked with finding dynamic candidates for key elections.
Republican strongholds on the Eastern Shore, like Queen Anne’s County, make that considerably more difficult. But that has not stopped them from campaigning for a blue platform.
“I had the realization that I wanted people to step up, but my children were grown and I had no excuse not to get involved. Being a County Commissioner was a good place to start because I feel I could make an effective change. Also, in 21 years, there’s only been two female commissioners,” said Krueger.
Her goals, should she be elected, include maintaining high quality schools, keeping healthy property values and attracting businesses for responsible economic growth. Also like many other candidates, Krueger touts the importance of the vocational training for those not seeking a traditional college degree.
That all comes by way of working with the county’s school board and its superintendent, as well as reaching out to local businesses for internships.
To provide affordable housing for those relocating for such employment, Krueger has gone as far as joining a municipal subcommittee that works with organizations like Haven Ministries, on the issue to ensure the dream of home ownership remains intact.
With election day less than three months away, she continues a packed schedule of block-walking and meetings with the electorate.
“The best thing we can do is educate and inform people about Democratic candidates,” Krueger said. “I’ve knocked on many doors and been at many events and every place I’ve been I’ve had a positive response. I think we need to get our message out. When you look at the money we have for our campaigns, we definitely are at a disadvantage, but those who have donated are everyday people.”
She noted the only way voters win is by having Queen Anne’s County government work for their interest.
Early voting for the general election starts Thursday, Oct. 25, through Thursday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Election day is Nov. 6, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Krueger family, from left, Caroline, Erik, Deborah and Dennis make Deborah’s campaign for District 4 County Commissioner a family affair.