County Council President Jennifer Williams might have expected a tough fight this election season, but it would have been tough to predict that she would be the primary target of a local coalition attempting to unseat her. And yet that is indeed the sole purpose of the Bipartisan Coalition For New Council Leadership, chaired by Talbot resident Dan Watson, which includes four locally-based grassroots organizations; they want her out of office.
The Coalition has taken to the web and local media to outline a series of grievances against Ms. Williams in the four years since she won election to the County Council. Specifically, these fall into three categories; the first being zoning and land use , the second on short-term vacation rentals, and the third is the Council’s recent vote on noise limits in the county. The Coalition also argues that Williams has operated with the support of special interests tied to Talbot County real estate concerns and has had undue influence on the voting of her Republican colleagues, Chuck Callahan, and Corey Pack.
Mr. Watson recently presented the Coalition’s case in a Talbot Spy interview last week, and we immediately reached out to Ms. Williams to offer equal time to respond to their claims. In her interview, she provides a vigorous defense of the Council’s recent actions on zoning, noise levels, and short-term rentals. She also categorically denies being influenced by special interests and coordinating a majority of the Council to advance a pro-growth agenda in the county.
This video is approximately nineteen minutes in length