To improve the quality of life for working families in St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties, we need to work on increasing affordable housing options and strengthening public transportation for all. Reported wait times in St. Mary’s for housing assistance exceed 8 years, and more than a third of renters in St. Mary’s County pay more than 35% of their income to housing. We need to find a way to create more affordable housing options in our area, and increased options for getting around our rural counties.
We also need to look carefully at job creation – we should be trying to attract other industries to our area, for example. We need to ensure that we are supporting our small businesses and our investments in the future.
As Delegate, I would also like to improve veterans’ services in our communities – one way may be by working with federal, state and local stakeholders to build a new, ADA accessible Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Charlotte Hall and to open another clinic closer to Patuxent River Naval Air Station.