Krueger seeks com­mis­sion 4 seat

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Front Page - By KRIS­TIAN JAIME Kjaime@ches­

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.

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