qtq80-XC6eviElection day for Taneytown residents will be held Monday, May 6, 2019, 7:00am – 7:00pm at the Police Department  located at 120 E. Baltimore Street.  The election is for Mayor and two Council Member seats.  

I sent an email to all seven candidates with four questions in hopes to educate voters before heading to the polls.  Below are their unedited responses.  They are listed in the order in which they were received.   (At the time of this posting, I had not received responses from Bradley J Wantz, Donald Frazier, or Barry Guckes. Once received, I will update this blog post.)


Darryl
Council Candidate Darryl Hale

Voters enjoy knowing a little about whom they’re casting a vote. Give voters a brief bio of yourself – you might include where you’re from, your current profession, past political experience, etc. Be as brief or as detailed as you wish.

My family moved to Taneytown when I was eight years old and I have lived here ever since, with the exception of the four years I spent serving in the United States Marine Corps.  During my time in the Marines I was fortunate to have traveled to nineteen countries and served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Gulf war and received a Combat Meritorious promotion to Corporal.   My wife, Kim and I have been married for over 23 years and have two amazing children, Morgan who is 22 years old and Mason, 17 years old.  I am a graduate of Francis Scott Key High School, as is my daughter and my son is set to graduate from FSK in June 2019.  I have been fortunate to work for a local Carroll County business for the past 24 years, R. M. Schmidt, Inc. Heating and Air Conditioning, as the General Manager.  My wife has been employed by the State of Maryland for over 20 years, working in Carroll County, serving our residents both locally and statewide.  I previously served on the Taneytown City Council from 1999-2007.  During my tenure on the Council, I served as Mayor Pro Tem from 2005-2007 and represented Taneytown as the President of the Carroll County Council of Governments in 2006.  Early in my first term on the City Council, I graduated from the University of Maryland Fellowship Program in Local Governance. This program provides a wealth of knowledge for anyone working in local government.  With the help of many others, we founded the Community Action Groups.  The object of these groups is to improve the quality of life in our communities and to form a direct line of communication between citizens and all departments in Taneytown. 

Why did you make the decision to run for office in Taneytown?

I made the decision to run as a Taneytown City Councilmember out of a strong desire to help improve the perception of our city from both within and outside our city limits.   The lack of decorum and civility at times over the last few years and the recent events involving our police department concern me greatly.  Taneytown is better than this.  After thoughtful consideration I realized, I have the experience, an excellent track record of proven results and the energy to help make Taneytown a better place to live. This happens when our elected officials spend more time in all parts of our community and hear firsthand what citizens’ concerns are. 

What are two concerns that I wish to address and or accomplish as a city council member?

-Give the citizens a stronger voice at city hall.  Many in our community feel that communication and transparency in our city government needs to improve. 

-We are the second largest city in Carroll County and our citizens deserve a community center.  I will work with the mayor and council to seek out funds from all government agencies and other sources to help make this a reality.

How do you feel you are different from the other candidates seeking the same seat?

My forty plus years of being a proud resident of Taneytown gives me insight into the town’s history, infrastructure and concerns of my fellow residents.  With twenty plus years as a manager in private industry, I know the value of teamwork and negotiation.  Finally, my experience as a former councilmember will allow me to be an asset on day one.


Paul
Mayoral Candidate Paul Chamberlain, Jr.

Voters enjoy knowing a little about whom they’re casting a vote. Give voters a brief bio of yourself – you might include where you’re from, your current profession, past political experience, etc. Be as brief or as detailed as you wish.

Married, 5 Children and 3 dogs (2 rescues)

Current:  Executive RV Sales Consultant, Beckley’s Camping Center – Experience 18 years in the RV Business

Previous: United States Air Force & Business Owner (Insurance & Investment Industry)

Past Political Experience:  Taneytown City Council 2005 – 2009

Education: Some College ( Business Major)

Moved to Taneytown in November of 2002 (approx 17 years)

Why did you make the decision to run for office in Taneytown?

As the Mayor, my experience, passion and leadership qualities will bring the needed skills & abilities to implement policies & actions that will drive the long awaited change that this town has been seeking.  

* Cultivating a healthy business climate

* Addressing the growing traffic concerns

* Transparency with City business operations

* Professional outside audit of our police department to give proper direction for needed change

I believe that our City could use a change in leadership.  Leadership, meaning a humble servant that puts the Will of the People before his/her own interests.  I want to bring honor, respect & integrity to every discussion as this will foster an open and collaborative environment.  Such an environment will help address needed changes and drive a results oriented atmosphere.

This is why I have decided to run for Mayor of Taneytown.

What are two concerns that I wish to address and or accomplish as a city council member?
I will seek both County & State government agency’s assistance for city projects.  For example:

* Traffic 

* Beautification and Restoration of historic city buildings

 

We will achieve this by continuously meeting with County Commissioners, as well as other County and State officials to help us navigate the complexities with funding for these and other capital projects.

How do you feel you are different from the other candidates seeking the same seat?

I have prior military experience which provides leadership, teamwork and a disciplined approach towards identifying and solving problems.  

As a former business owner, I understand the complexities facing businesses.  Managing City government is similar to other issues associated with a business, making my experience an attribute for Mayor.

I have been able to successfully market and brand myself as the Recreational Vehicle (RV), “RV Extraordinaire” for Beckley’s Camping Center, with people reaching out to me from all over the USA.  With this experience, my plan is to market and brand Taneytown as a destination place for people in the same way. Whether it is for someone wanting to move, bring a business or shop here, Taneytown will be the place to be!


Daniel
Council Candidate Daniel Haines

Voters enjoy knowing a little about whom they’re casting a vote. Give voters a brief bio of yourself – you might include where you’re from, your current profession, past political experience, etc.  Be as brief or as detailed as you wish.

I’m a citizen-soldier, a public servant, and a life-long resident. My parents divorced when I was two years old, and I’ve called Taneytown home ever since. I was a regular attendant of city council meetings before I had even finished high school, and I’ve spent years involved in this exceptional community.

When I was seventeen, holding down my second job and trying to get through my first semester of college, I was appointed to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. Shortly thereafter I was given the opportunity to serve on the Carroll Cable Regulatory Commission, and I jumped on it. A community only works when individuals willingly take part in it, and I can’t imagine myself just sitting on the sidelines. I’m always volunteering for anything and everything that I can.

In March of 2017 I could no longer afford to pay for school. I was looking for another job, and worried that I might not be able to continue serving on these local boards. So, I became a soldier. I enlisted as an infantryman in the Maryland Army National Guard, allowing me to continue my education, and serve both my community at home and at-large.

Now I’m getting ready to transfer out of community college, start a new job, and hopefully win this election in May.

Why did you make the decision to run for office in Taneytown?

I strongly believe that service is the greatest form of patriotism, and I’m a red-blooded patriot. I strongly believe that you ought to be the change you wish to see, and there’s a lot of change I want to see in Taneytown. So, running for office was a conclusive choice. Taneytown needs better leadership, and I feel fit to provide it.

What are two concerns you wish to address and/or accomplish as Mayor/Council member?

I’m really big on the issues of apathy and economic development. Both problems feed off each other as they fester, and ultimately one cannot be fully solved without solving the other.

In layman’s terms, people don’t care about this town because there’s very little to do in it. So, how do you get people to care about something if there’s no incentive to participate in it? & how do you get people to participate in something if there’s no incentive to care about it? This is our bedroom community phenomenon. There’s a lot city hall can do to address this. Primarily through election reform, public investment, and public marketing.

We’ve got to elect people that are going to have those hard conversations about this, and I’m running in order to specifically do that.

How do you feel you are different from the other candidates seeking the same seat?

I’m one of the youngest candidates to run for office in Taneytown, let alone Carroll County. I think that my age gives me a greater sense of more modern and sustainable solutions for the problems we face. There are fair and legitimate criticisms to be made of a person with less life experience than someone else, but experience isn’t the only fabricator of wisdom, and it certainly isn’t the sole indicator of intelligence. Young people need to make themselves a substantial part of the decisions that will affect them in the future, and that’s exactly what I want to do.


James McCarron
Mayoral Candidate Jim McCarron

Voters enjoy knowing a little about whom they’re casting a vote. Give voters a brief bio of yourself – you might include where you’re from, your current profession, past political experience, etc. Be as brief or as detailed as you wish.

Hello, my name is Jim McCarron, I am the Mayor of Taneytown and a candidate for another term. I would like to give you a little background about myself. In my personal life, I am a Branch Manager, and Reverse Mortgage Banker for Retirement Funding Solutions (RFS), a division of Mutual of Omaha Bank, I have been in the business for 16 years, I am also a Retired District Manager for Southern States Co-op. I have been married to Myra (Halik) McCarron) for 52 years. We have four children, twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild. We have lived in Taneytown for 36 years. I am a graduate of the University of MD, College Park, College of Agriculture, I have a certificate from Virginia Tech Ag. Lending School and am a graduate of U of MD Academy of Excellence in Government and Past President of the Maryland Municipal League.

Why did you make the decision to run for office in Taneytown?

For half my life I have served the people of Taneytown as an elected official. During this time, my only interest has been the welfare and advancement of our town and her citizens. My experience, leadership, state wide contacts and knowledge make me the best candidate for the office of Mayor. I have led with integrity, and vision and will continue to do so. I love this town and her people.

Taneytown is at a crossroads because of the recent death of our long-time city manager and the resignation of our Chief of Police. The Mayor’s role is one of leadership and vison. The day to day operations of the City are left to key personnel. Currently we have an Acting City Manager and an Acting Police Chief. These two critical positions need to be filled as soon as possible. Council elected to wait until after the May election to make the final selections. The highest priority I will assume with my new term is to fill these positions. The City can ill afford the consequences of having an Acting City Manager, Acting Police Chief and a New Mayor, even for the short term

What are two concerns you wish to address and/or accomplish as Mayor/Council member?

My Campaign Priorities are:

  • Hire a City Manager, and Police Chief
  • Continue our economic development leadership by attracting new, quality business and industry to our city (restaurants (family, pub, fast food etc.), hardware store, boutique shops, service retailers (i.e.: dry cleaner etc.)
  • Add additional parks and recreation (Work with the Lion’s Club to develop indoor youth sports facility, Open Phase 1 of Bollinger (Eco) Park, expand athletic fields at Memorial Park (addition)

How do you feel you are different from the other candidates seeking the same seat?

I am proud of my record as Mayor and the many accomplishments during my time in office. There is no doubt our City continues to move forward at a rapid and sustained pace. I would like to touch on a few accomplishments, that have made recently during my term as you Mayor. Probably the accomplishment I am most proud of is that much of my time as Mayor has coincided with the greatest economic recession since the Great Depression. Despite that fact, the City has been able to deliver and improve necessary citizen services without raising taxes or other fees. I am proud to say leadership and management are the reasons why this was able to occur. I have served the citizens of Taneytown for nearly half my lifetime as an elected municipal official. My goal has always been one of efficiency and reducing costs in order to bring relief to the citizens. Two years ago, a new policy under that goal cut water and sewer rates -and this is the third year we’ve kept those same, low rates.

From the very beginning of my service to the city I have been the City’s biggest cheerleader. Years before we even thought of the Taneytown Ambassador program, I was and am a Taneytown Ambassador. My active role in municipal government, though my involvement with the Maryland Municipal League, has yielded manifest benefits to our community. I have been active in this organization, at every level and know personally many of the “movers and shakers” that guide our state. My focus has always been: What is best for the citizens of Taneytown, what is best for municipal Maryland. Each year, since I have been Mayor, our City has won the prestigious “Banner City Award” from the Maryland Municipal League. To win the award is no easy take and requires you City to be in the forefront of good government. It encompasses five critical areas essential to citizen service: 1) Participation in MML training & events 2) Attendance at local (Carroll County) Chapter Meetings 3) Proclamation of “Municipal Government Works” Week 4) Interaction with our schools & promotion “If I were Mayor Contest” for the Fourth Grade students , Fifth Grader’s annual visit to City Hall5) Involvement in MML Committees & Chapter offices. I am always eager to welcome state and federal dignitaries to town so I may show them first hand, what a special place Taneytown is. (You could also mention how knowing these people allows you to advocate for the things we need directly with those at other levels of government.) My office is next door to City Hall, I am a small business owner in town and do not work out of town like other candidates because of this I available 24/7 to citizens & staff.


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