Scott MacMullan (D) |
Anne Arundel County Councilman - District 6
Primary Challenger to Candidate Lisa Brannigan Rodvien (D)
Why are you qualified to represent the people in your jurisdiction?
I’m qualified to represent the people in District 6 because of my diverse community involvement and service to Anne Arundel County and Annapolis, including, but not limited to, being on the Mayor’s Transition Team, service as a commissioner on the Annapolis Human Relations Commission—a commission with the purpose of ending discrimination and giving everyone a fair & equal opportunity, service as a member of the City Compensation Review Commission, service as a board member for the Bates Legacy Center and service as a board member for the Scenic Rivers Land Trust. Since I clerked for the former head Administrative Judge of Anne Arundel County, The Honorable Nancy Davis-Loomis, I’m an attorney with a solid foundation of working with the Code of Anne Arundel County. My native roots in this county and working in this District will help me to listen and learn from all different kinds of people in District 6 and to represent them effectively on the council.
What are three goals you want to accomplish in the next four years to advance the rights of women and minorities in Maryland?
I believe I can be most effective in advancing the rights of women and minorities in Maryland by advancing those rights in Anne Arundel County through my position on the County Council.
I want to continue to push for diverse representation on the Anne Arundel County School Board and in our County offices. I urged my colleague Sidney Butcher to apply for an open school board position last year and now the school board is potentially more representative of Anne Arundel County than ever before.
I would advocate for affordable, sustainable housing reform. Currently, there is no effective affordable housing programs in Anne Arundel County. I would collaborate with preexisting affordable housing coalitions and organizations that I belong to, such as the NAACP, to accomplish this.
We must honor and put into the spotlight our county’s African American history. I would advocate for a memorial for those that died at the Crownsville State Hospital (established as Maryland’s Asylum for the Negro Insane) and are buried at the patient cemetery at the end of Farm Road on Bacon Ridge. I would work with Janice Hayes-Williams on this matter.
What are the three most important issues on which you want to effect change? What will be your strategy for achieving these changes?
I want to effect change of our General Development Plan and how it is implemented since our County’s development has caused us severe traffic, environmental, health and safety issues. We need to make sure that the public is a part of the General Development plan and that the plan has teeth to it, and that the code is clearly written.
I want to fund our Annapolis area public schools so that every child from each community has the chance to succeed, and every child is safe from gun violence. I would do this by building coalitions within the council and prioritizing all children of Annapolis when budget time comes.
I will fight the devastating opioid epidemic that has disproportionately affected our county by investing in prevention sources, such as first responders who are understaffed in our County, and I will advocate for investing in long term treatment.
What have you learned about yourself or the political process since you became a candidate or have been an elected official?
As a candidate, I have affirmed my love for this town and my love for engaging and interacting with a diverse group of people. I believe that a good representative should listen, learn and act. I believe that is how I have campaigned and that is how I will effectively represent.
Specifically, how will you keep your constituents informed about the issues facing the county and the state?
As someone who is not young enough to be a millennial but not necessarily considered to be from Generation X, I will keep my constituents informed through traditional ways by being present and approachable in the community, and through modern ways. I am proud that I was present, approachable or advocated for each City Ward during the Annapolis election in 2017 and that Alderman Savidge and Rodriguez have endorsed my campaign, and that the Mayor has put me on his transition team. I also will communicate through email, social media and my podcast, “The Annapolis Podcast” if need be, to my constituents. I am running because I want to give everyone in District 6 a raise in quality of life. Communicating to my constituents various opportunities, jobs or safety issues is an important part of this.