MC has served on the Frederick County Council for two terms representing our District 3 communities. During her first term, MC served as the Council Vice President. During her second term, she was named Council President. As a member of the Council leadership, MC helped develop and refine the Council procedures to conduct all of its business.
As President, her mission has been to get the Council Members to interact, engage respectfully, and collaborate on their legislative efforts. She spends countless hours coordinating with the Administration to ensure that the Council Members have access to all the information necessary to make their decisions promptly and efficiently. Their collaboration and teamwork keep meetings running smoothly. This allows the council to make even the most complex decisions effectively because of MC’s dedication to getting things done. Her partnership with the County Executive and Vice President, Michael Blue, has established effective and efficient procedures and a clear path for future Council collaboration. All for Frederick County residents’ benefit.
As the President, MC’s responsibilities include running the meetings, establishing the agendas, and all long-term planning of the Council’s calendar. She constantly communicates with the Administrative branch to stay ahead of what may require Council engagement, discussion, and decisions. She’s also on top of timelines, ensuring all items are dealt with in full compliance with state law or the Charter. Under her leadership, the Council has successfully met all Charter requirements for the Charter Review, Salary Review, and the Redistricting Committees. The Council was pleased to address the recommendations in each committee report according to the Charter’s mandates.
For District 3
MC effectively advocates for District 3 big-ticket items District 3 needs. In 2022, she strongly advocated to include the branch library for the western side of Frederick City in the County Executive’s proposed Capital Improvement Programs budget (CIP), five years ahead of schedule. While waiting for this library to launch, MC has secured a Book Mobile, a mobile library van, to adjust its route to make several stops within the communities along the Golden Mile. This ensured residents had access to books, audiobooks, videos, and other library services.
MC was instrumental in getting funding for Butterfly Ridge Elementary School the same year as Urbana’s Sugarloaf Elementary School and a feasibility study for Waverley Elementary School. The new Waverly ES is now more extensive and larger than other Frederick County K-5 schools due to the population size living in that school district.
She worked tirelessly to open the only walk-up testing clinic in the county to serve residents near the Golden Mile. This clinic allowed residents to receive COVID tests quickly rather than wait and rely on others for transportation. With help from the County Executive, MC secured regular visits from the mobile healthcare van to address the significant health disparities, providing health opportunities for her constituents. That clinic has been converted to a satellite office for the health department, continuing to provide healthcare for those living along the Golden Mile.
MC introduced and secured the passage of several bills to help the businesses in the vicinity of Route 40. These efforts included tax incentives for small businesses to locate, relocate, or expand on the Golden Mile. Another bill established a Business Enterprise Zone over the entire area, which made companies eligible for low-interest loans to revitalize their facility or expand. Both of these bills have the potential to create additional job opportunities for the residents of this area – jobs within walking distance of their homes.