The Annapolis City Council has nine members, including the Mayor. It takes a majority of five votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.
The Anne Arundel Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the City Council, including the mayor. We are confident, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.
This is the first in a series of weekly emails that focus on one of those candidates each week. This week we will introduce you to Rob Savidge, candidate for Ward 7. Ward
7 goes from Forrest Drive to Tyler Avenue to Bembe Beach. See the map here.
Rob has made his home in Annapolis for over 16 years with his wife Becca and son Whit. He fell in love with the Chesapeake Bay while earning his degree in Environmental Studies at Washington College, on the Eastern Shore. His career started with the Chesapeake Bay Program, supporting the efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay. From there he worked for a number of years in private consulting as an Environmental Scientist before starting his career with local government. That career started with the City of Annapolis, where he was the Sustainability Coordinator and Environmental Compliance Inspector, reviewing development projects and authoring the City’s climate action plan. Now he works for Anne Arundel County as an Engineer/Project Manager for stormwater management projects.
Rob is known for “blowing the whistle” on the City when he observed that they were allowing developers to clear protected forests. He successfully lead an effort to protect the forests, and the City is set to turn the area into a new park. Subsequently, he worked with current Aldermen to develop legislation that strengthened the City’s Forest Conservation laws, and worked to unite the environmental community in support of these efforts.
ROB NEEDS OUR HELP
Rob needs your help to win. Here is a link to Rob’s website where you can volunteer your time and donate to his campaign: http://www.robsavidge.com. In particular, Rob needs volunteers every Saturday for group canvassing, to write post cards and for phone banking. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. Meet Rob and our other endorsed candidates at the Anne Arundel Chapter’s fundraiser for the Annapolis City elections. It will be on Tuesday, August 15th from 6 until at Beth Garraway’s house. Here is a link to the flyer.