Check out Dawn’s column, “Why I’m Running for County Council” in The Capital today full column below or read it here.
Check out Janet Holbrook’s article,“For District 5 County Council, Dawn Myers’ Budget Experience Counts” in the Arundel Patriot – full article below or read here
Find out more about Dawn Myers by visiting her website here.
Here is Dawn’s column from The Capital 10/4/18:
Why I’m Running for County Council. Guest column Dawn Myers
I grew up in Cape St. Claire, the daughter of a firefighter and a homemaker. I graduated from Broadneck High School and was the first in my family to graduate college.
I am running for County Council for District 5 (Severna Park, Millersville, Arnold and the Broadneck Peninsula) because my story can no longer be told in our district. Development has overcrowded our schools, jammed our roadways and degraded our environment.
A firefighter would struggle to afford a house in Cape St. Claire, much less want to take on a gridlocked commute. Our schools are no longer nationally ranked and our teachers leave for greener pastures. As a lifelong resident of District 5, I know we can do better.
I have learned what happens when government fails to perform. On Dec. 26, 1996, my 15-year-old sister was killed in a car crash in Arnold. The driver was 17 and had already racked up a long list of driving offenses and totaled two cars.
Before the crash, the driver was also on juvenile probation, during which he tested positive for drug use more than 30 times in the year leading up to the night he took my younger sister’s life. Neither his probation nor his driver’s license was revoked by the state prior to killing my sister.
At the time, I was about to start my final semester at Tulane University, where I would earn my law degree and MBA. After graduation, my family and I worked with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services and the Motor Vehicle Administration to ensure there would be a coordinated effort to keep teenagers who shouldn’t be on the road off the road.
We lobbied for the graduated teen driver licensing system that’s still used today. This experience showed me that everyday citizens can work to improve government and led me to change my career path. Inspired by my father’s public service as a Prince George’s County firefighter, I decided I wanted to work for the good citizens of Maryland rather than the big banks of Wall Street.
During my 20-year-career with the state of Maryland, I have drafted legislation and analyzed billions of dollars’ worth of government programs to ensure that our tax dollars are spent efficiently and effectively. I’ve uncovered millions of dollars in wasteful and duplicative spending.
With a minimum of six new council members to be elected this November, government administration and fiscal governance experience will be necessary to ensure that the County Council can perform its duties as a protector of taxpayer monies and an effective check on the power of the County Executive. I have that experience.
Anne Arundel County is a beautiful place to live, with amazing people committed to having a great public school system, a healthy and safe environment, and ample outdoor recreational opportunities. My husband and I chose to raise our kids here. However, I regularly pass traffic alerts that say “Bay Bridge 22 miles, 90 minutes.”
Our County ranks second for most forest loss and eleventh for best schools in the State. Rapid growth has outpaced our infrastructure capabilities and new development needs to be slowed. Over the last few years, County Government seems to have lost track of its responsibility to maintain our quality of life.
The County Council needs to ensure that your tax dollars are used effectively and prioritized on efficient spending that directly benefits its citizens, not special interests.
Elective office at the County Council level is about serving the needs of all residents, regardless of political party and without playing politics. As a Council Member, I will bring the experience, much-needed skills, and professionalism necessary to make this happen.
Dawn Myers is the Democratic candidate for County Council in District 5.
For District 5 County Council, Dawn Myers’ Budget Experience Counts
By Janet Holbrook Arundel Patriot 9/26/18
We will have at least six new County Council members on the seven-member Council after the election. Trumbauer, Fink, Walker, and Grasso are term-limited, and Peroutka and Smith lost their primaries. Andrew Pruski is the only member who will return if reelected.
This comes at a time when the county is facing unprecedented challenges regarding the understaffing of firefighting, police, and public schools, problems that are all compounded by increasing land development along with ongoing efforts to protect the truly special place we live. A “green” Council with no experience with county or state procedures and budgets could spell disaster for county residents as growth continues unchecked while schools and public safety decline.
Dawn Myers brings a bright spot into District 5. She is running for Council in the district that represents Severna Park, Arnold, and Cape St. Claire; Peroutka is the current Council member. Myers is asking tough questions and knows what she is talking about.
She is asking why Howard County spends half of what our public school system spends on administrative expenses: 1.60 percent of total budget vs. 3.06 percent in fiscal 2017. That amounts to $13 million that should be going to teachers and instruction. This obviously isn’t information the Board of Education publicizes. It’s the result of Myers’ analysis of publicly available budget documents (see this page on her web site: votefordawn.com/education).
Myers is asking why Montgomery County Schools are able to produce 153 National Merit semifinalists, Howard County 51, and Anne Arundel County only 5. Granted, there are about 50,000 more students in Montgomery County than in Anne Arundel. However, Howard County has about 30,000 fewer. Anne Arundel, with about 84,000 students, should have closer to 15 to 50 semifinalists based on our size—three to ten times as many as we have!
Dawn Myers is asking why we are not outraged by the New York Times singling out of our country in a 5 December 2017 article covering a study conducted by Stanford University: “In Maryland’s Anne Arundel County, third-graders test above the national average. But growth there lags behind Chicago, where the poverty rate is about five times higher.” Our median household income ranks 4th in the state and 22nd in the county, yet our schools have dropped from 6th of the 23 Maryland counties to 12th place during Mr. Schuh’s tenure. Overall, Maryland schools have dropped from consistently being in 1st place in 2009–13 to 6th place in current national rankings. We are losing ground.
Myers has the budget and finance background to ask tough questions to ensure our education funds are spent in a way that directly benefits the children: on teachers and instructional needs.
Effecting change within a government organization requires tremendous patience, perseverance, and, most of all, experience. In addition to raising two children in her home neighborhood of Cape St. Claire, Dawn Myers has spent her career as a fiscal policy analyst and has the temperament and focus to bring about meaningful change.
As a policy analyst for the Maryland General Assembly, she brought financial efficiency and positive results to state operations after reviewing the budgets and expenditures of the Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Environment, Planning, and the Maryland Energy Administration. She succeeded in eliminating duplicative government initiatives and uncovering wasteful spending in several agencies.
Myers continued her work bringing efficiency and results to government by overseeing and implementing the budget for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Her opponent, Amanda Fiedler, knows politics. Fiedler has spent 20 years working for SRCP Media, which is described on her website as a company that “develops strategic content and places advertising for GOP candidates and Political Action Groups across the country.”
We don’t need more politics in the County Council. What we need are Council members with experience in fiscal management who will ask tough questions to ensure that Anne Arundel County government again works effectively and efficiently for its citizens. Residents of District 5 have a stark choice this November. We need a Council member with a proven track record in fiscal responsibility. We need Dawn Meyers on the County Council.