Spotlight on the candidates for Anne Arundel County Council

The Anne Arundel County Council has seven members. It takes a majority of four votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.

The Anne Arundel Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the County Council. We are confident that, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.

This is the latest in a series of weekly emails that focus on one candidates each week. This week we will introduce you to Dawn Meyers, the Democratic candidate for District 5 running against incumbent Michael Peroutka. District 5 stretches from Severna Park to the tip of the Broadneck Peninsula. Find your County Council District here.

“I have a lifelong commitment and record for making government work for its citizens. I grew up in Cape St. Claire and am a proud graduate of Broadneck High School. As the daughter of a firefighter and homemaker, I am the first in my family to graduate college. I received my undergraduate degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park and earned my Law degree and MBA from Tulane University.

In 1996, my 15 year old sister was killed in a car accident by a chronic juvenile offender driving while on probation after 30 positive drug tests. This avoidable family tragedy taught me the real consequences of what can happen when government doesn’t work.

My family and I worked to fix the issues that led up to my sister’s death. We encouraged DJS to coordinate with the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) to revoke licenses for risky juveniles. For some people, government is about politics and theories, but for me- it’s about results.

It was with these values that I began my career working to help Maryland State government deliver better results for its citizens. As a policy analyst for the Maryland General Assembly, I analyzed billions of dollars in State environmental budgets looking for opportunities for efficiencies and improvements. I succeeded in eliminating duplicative government initiatives and uncovering wasteful spending. Today, I am the Director of Business and Finance for the Physics Department at University of Maryland at College Park and manage an annual budget of $50 million.

With my husband of 17 years, we raise our children where I grew up, Cape St. Claire. We chose this community to have water access. Rapid development has impacted water and air quality, gridlocked traffic, and decimated our forests. I would like to see Anne Arundel County be smarter about its growth and be a leader in environmental restoration.”


Join Dawn for a fundraiser at Cafe Mezzenote in Severna Park on Thursday, May 10th at 6:00pm.  You can find out more about how get involved with Dawn’s campaign at and buy tickets for her event on her Facebook page Dawn Meyers for Anne Arundel County District 5.

Meet Dawn and our other endorsed candidates at the Anne Arundel Chapter’s fundraiser for the Anne Arundel elections. It will be on Friday, June 8th from 5 until 7 in Annapolis. Watch for details.