"Tricia Powell is running for County Commissioner of Calvert County's District 1! Recently, she held her first, successful, and well attended "Meet and Greet" with the constituents of C.C. Her platform points that she brought before those attending are listed:
1. Budget!- Her expertise is in BUDGET! She has a history of rallying for transparency in local government. No, hiding of funds from the residency. She proposes smarter ways to utilize and manage the budget of Calvert.
2. Smart Economic Growth- She proposes a economic growth program that benefits ALL stakeholders of Calvert while protecting the integrity of appearance and the environment.
3. Addiction Crisis: She recognizes the crisis. She proposes research based and effective post treatment programs for the addicts and support for families.
4. Education: She proposes to "improve and strengthen" our special education program. She wants aggressiveness in equitable and best teacher recruitment processes to draw the best teachers to Calvert. In that, she proposes that is necessary to have a Commission that knows the difference between steps and raises. That is the proponent that will drive retaining the best educators here in Calvert.
5. Dominion Issues- Tricia says, "NO!" to more pollutants. It is in her best interest to protect the safety of the residents!
6. The Thomas Johnson Bridge- Tricia is concerned about the safety of the bridge. Calvert has grown extensively since the 70's. She desires to use her position as Commissioner to push government to replace and/or expand to accommodate usage and Calvert's growth.
7. Youth- By example, she is utilizing the gifts of our county's youth to prepare them with the experience necessary to be leaders and to be effective within society. Our youth's gifts need to return to Calvert and together build our future!"
The Southern Maryland Chapter of Together We Will, a progressive political action group, met this weekend at the Asbury in Solomons. Tricia Powell was happy to introduce herself to the group as a progressive candidate for Calvert County Board of Commissioner. Tricia spoke about the need for progressive values on the board of county commissioners and explained that all voters in Calvert get to vote for all five commissioners.
The reception was warm and welcoming. Tricia hopes to visit them again at their next meeting.
Tricia Powell was so pleased to have spent the weekend walking around the Calvert County Fair. She got to meet and speak with so many Calvert residents about the issues that matter to them. Be sure to stop Tricia when you see her and ask her how together We Can Do Better!
Tricia Powell was pleased to be invited to speak with Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community (CCHC) on Tuesday evening in Lusby. While she touched on several issues including Smart Growth, the opioid epidemic, and transportation, the focus of the evening was on environmental protections. Tricia spoke about the need for a quantitative risk assessment to be completed at Cove Point, as well as the importance of having a Board of County Commissioners who watch-dog facilities like the Dominion LNG plant at Cove Point.
Tricia Powell also noted the importance of reviewing the evacuation plan around the Dominion facility. With a plant in a residential community and so many lives at stake where the potential for disaster is so high, the current evacuation plan needs to be evaluated for efficiency and safety. Tricia Powell supports the residents at Cove point and shares their environmental concerns.
Through a question and answer period, Tricia had the opportunity to listen to the concerns of CCHC members and other at the event. She heard the groups need to have a stronger voice in all levels of government and conveyed her desire to be that voice.
Tricia Powell and members of her team were pleased to attend a training session hosted by the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee on Saturday, September 16th. This training was geared towards teaching volunteers how to organize an effect “ground” campaign. It’s time to start getting out there and knocking on doors and talking to the voters of Calvert County about the issues that matter most to them. Tricia Powell is ready. If you would like to discuss the issues that matter most to you, or if you would like to volunteer to get out there and begin knocking on doors, please Contact Us today!
"I attended the Public Town Hall hosted by the Calvert County Finance Department this past Thursday evening at Calvert Pines Senior Center. I was disappointed that none of the County Commissioners were in attendance. What were they thinking?! This is grassroots level where they had the opportunity to interact with the public on an extremely important issue.
The budget process itself, headed by Terri Shannon and Tim Hayden, is administratively outstanding. However, given the County Commissioners lack of transparency, a community budget advisory committee seems not only important but necessary. This advisory committee could do four things: first, the committee on behalf of the community would see the "behind the scenes" budget process and get a better understanding of what it takes to prepare and complete a budget; second, this would allow the committee to see back office budget operations which will create transparency at a greater level; third, the committee will get a better understanding of the budget decisions; and last, it would give the community a vehicle for input into the budget.
When I am elected I will push for more government transparency and for more community participation in the budget process and in policy making."
Tricia Powell at Calvert County Budget Town Hall
In preparation for building the 2018 budget, the Department of Finance and Budget hosted a public town hall in order to present county residents the opportunity to weigh in on the budget process and ask questions or offer suggestions as to the 2018 budget structure.
Tricia spoke to the representatives from the Finance and Budget Department about the need for a Citizen Review Committee to give the public a better chance to examine and effect the Calvert County Budget. While Tricia appreciated the steps recently taken to make the budget process marginally more transparent, she heavily emphasized the need for more and deeper engagement with the public. Tricia Powell is committed to transparency in all levels of government, and will continue to push for more transparent processes.
Tricia Powell had a chance to address the Calvert County Democratic Club on Tuesday night, August 29th, at Adam’s Taphouse in Prince Frederick. She spoke about the issues that mean the most for her: the Dominion safety study and evacuation plan, education and fair contracts for educators, and the opioid epidemic which has effected so many here in Calvert County.
The focus of the meeting was on VoteBuilder, the Maryland voter database which will become an essential tool for the Democratic Party in 2018. Tricia was able to inform the group that she already has access to the database, and is happy to extend that access for anyone in the group. Contact her: Tricia@FriendsOfTriciaPowell.com for more information.
On Friday, Tricia and husband Mel along with several supporters went down to the Calvert County Election Board to officially submit her intentions to seek the District 1 County Commissioner Seat in 2018. Amidst the excitement, Tricia explained why she was running:
"We Can Do Better! We need better leadership on the Board of Commissioners. Someone who questions County government spending.
"We Can Do Better! To help our family members, friends, and neighbors suffering with substance abuse disorders here in Calvert County.
"We Can Do Better! To ensure our citizens benefit from any joint ventures created by the Board of County Commissioners.
"Together, We Can Do Better for Calvert County!"