Anne Arundel Chapter Updates

           

Maryland League of Conservation Voters Local Chapter Makes Additional Endorsements for Anne Arundel County Council

Annapolis – On March 27, 2018 the Anne Arundel Chapter of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) released a second round of 2018 candidate endorsements for Anne Arundel County Council, ahead of the June 26 primary election.

Endorsements:

Allison Pickard in District 2
Amanda Fiedler and Dawn Myers in District 5
James Kitchin in District 7

These endorsements are in addition to the endorsements of incumbents Pete Smith for County Council District 1 and Andrew Pruski for County Council District 4, which were announced earlier this month.

“Each of these candidates is committed to a cleaner environment. Each candidate has strong leadership skills and will do an excellent job on the Council” said Kincey Potter, Steering Committee Co-Chair. “We make endorsements to help County voters make good decisions as to which candidates can be expected to make environmental issues a priority.”

Endorsements are based on responses to questionnaires sent to every candidate for County Council, interviews conducted with the candidates, candidates’ past positions on environmental issues and consultation with other conservation organizations.

The Steering Committee believes that polluted waterways and increasing development pressures in Anne Arundel County make it imperative that voters elect candidates who understand the public health and economic importance of a clean environment. The endorsements are one way to educate the public about these issues.

“We continue to monitor the races in Districts 3 and 5 where we also have very strong candidates,” explained Bob Gallagher, Steering Committee Co-chair, “and decisions in the County executive race should be announced in April.”

Maryland League of Conservation Voters Local Chapter Endorses Pruski, Smith for Anne Arundel County Council

On February 22, 2018 the Anne Arundel Chapter of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) released its initial 2018 candidate endorsements, ahead of the June 26 primary election, for Anne Arundel County Council. The organization endorsed incumbents Pete Smith for County Council District 1 and Andrew Pruski for County Council District 4.

The Maryland LCV Anne Arundel Chapter made these early endorsements based on their previous endorsement of both candidates in the 2014 general election, both candidates earning “A” grades in its mid-term chapter report card and their post mid-term performance.  

Endorsements are based on responses to questionnaires sent to every candidate for and County Council, interviews conducted with the candidates, candidates’ past positions on environmental issues and consultation with other conservation organizations.

“The Steering Committee is endorsing these candidates based on their positive positions and actions on the environment,” said Kincey Potter, Steering Committee Co-Chair. “We make endorsements so that County voters can see which candidates will make environmental issues a priority.”

The Steering Committee believes that numerous polluted waterways and increasing development pressures in Anne Arundel County make it imperative that voters elect candidates who understand the public health and economic importance of a clean environment. The endorsements are one way to educate the public about these issues.

The Committee will endorse additional Council candidates before the June primary and before the General Election.

Annapolis City Endorsements

The Anne Arundel County Chapter has engaged for the first time in the City of Annapolis elections. The primary will be held on September 19, 2017 and the general election on November 7, 2017. At stake are eight seats on the City Council and the mayor’s office.

We've done weekly spotlights on our endorsed candidates, check them out:

Ward 7: Rob Savidge
Ward 5: Marc Rodriguez
Ward 8: Ross Arnett
Ward 6: Shaneka Henson
Ward 2: Kurt Riegel
Ward 1: Elly Tierney

The Mayor of Annapolis: Mike Pantelides

The Anne Arundel County Chapter has endorsed five candidates for the Council. They are Kurt Riegel for Ward 2, Mark Rodriguez for Ward 5, Shaneka Henson for ward 6, Rob Savage for ward 7 and Ross Arnett for ward 8. You will find our press release describing the process and our endorsed candidates here. We hope that those of you who vote in Annapolis will vote for these candidates.

For mayor of Annapolis, we endorsed incumbent mayor Mike Pantilides. Mike has an impressive record of environmental accomplishments as mayor. They are described in our press release announcing the endorsement. The press release is here.

Alliance for Livable Communities

The Anne Arundel County General Development Plan (GDP)was approved in 2009. Under state law, it is required to be revised and updated by 2019. It became clear from the public’s response to the County Executive’s proposal to enhance protections from development for rural areas, mostly in South County, that many residents are unhappy with the current GDP and its implementation. As a result, community and environmental groups around the county have joined together in the Alliance for Livable communities (ALC). The Anne Arundel County Chapter and Maryland LCV will both be active in ALC. Our goal is to make sure that every resident has an adequate opportunity to participate in the process of revising the GDP and to assure that the GDP that results is implemented fully and fairly. 

Anne Arundel Chapter Helps Defeat Storm Water Repeal

After final passage by the County Council in May 2013, opponents have continued their fight against the Watershed Protection and Restoration Fund fees, dubbing the fees a "raintax".

A local revenue stream is essential if we are going to clean up our streams and meet Federal requirements for pollution reduction. The County Council has courageously enacted a reasonable set of fees to restore our streams. Most home owners pay will pay a total of $85 per year or about $ 7 per month. It is not only unrealistic to expect funding from other government sources, but local funding is needed to support bond funding to allow early, concentrated action to fix the problems. 

http://www.aacounty.org/departments/public-works/wprp/watershed-protection-restoration-fee/

Stormwater fees generated by 2013 legislation and upheld this year is being put to immediate action to stem pollution using detailed studies of the county's 12 watersheds conducted over the last five + years. The current project pipeline includes 86 projects:

314 retention pond retrofits

873 storm outfall projects

Restoration of 24 miles of streams

Following the 2014 elections, County Executive Steve Schuh, caused to be introduced in the County Council a bill that would have repealed the Stormwater Restoration Fund. Schuh proposed to pay for required stormwater mitigation with general tax revenue, a proposal that was factually challenged by the County Auditor and opposed by many.

That proposal was rejected by the Council four to three with AA Chapter endorsed Councilmen Trumbauer, Grasso, Smith and Pruski voting against. Mr. Schuh and the losers of the repeal vote, Councilmen Walker, Fink and Peroutka, then supported a bill that would have substantially reduced the fee in multiple phases. That bill was also defeated by an identical four to three vote.