Over the next several days, when considering who to vote for, please consider voting for me, Phil Jackson. I am passionate, excited, and uniquely able to give back to this community my family calls home. I am the furthest thing from a politician, and yet I have a life’s worth of practical experience and knowledge to bring to the council to advance and preserve our way of life in Talbot County. I am excited to be your voice on our County Council.
In talking to hundreds of community members throughout this journey, there are several key themes as it relates to our County Council race that reinforce why I am the strongest candidate:
Civility must be restored in government. Our neighbors want representation that works well together. I have extensive experience professionally and personally building consensus and community. I pride myself on being approachable and transparent with my decision making process.
Key issues impacting residents must be the FOCUS of our next council, and a council of individuals with practical knowledge in these issues is important. Our community is angry about neglect for our environment, the inability to find a physician, and the lack of information that often exists around important issues. My experiences with wastewater treatment at the Preserve at Wye Mills, building digital governments, and delivering modern healthcare services to the Eastern Shore position me uniquely among the candidates with skills that will have an immediate impact on our council, and your day to day life.
A willingness to think outside the box is critical to addressing headwinds we face. Whether the inability for teachers and first responders to find affordable homes in the communities they serve, coastal flooding and erosion impacting us today, or our ability to fund the needs of the community, our leadership needs to think differently to address these challenges. The status quo of local government is no longer good enough. As a business and community leader, I have demonstrated an ability to address complex issues over and over again with grit and persistence. Data informs every position I take, and those positions are clearly communicated.
Our council is elected to be a voice for our county residents, not themselves. Our community feels left out and uninformed. In numerous cases, I have been applauded for simply showing up at the door of our neighbors with a willingness to have a conversation. I am deeply committed to using all of the resources at our disposal to create a more accessible and transparent local government that our community can more effectively engage with.
In my career, I’ve been fortunate to incorporate service, working in mission oriented spaces enabling healthcare, law enforcement and government with technology to enable better healthcare outcomes, achieve mission success and reach citizens with world-class technology. This commitment to service leadership started at a young age, growing up in the Methodist church. I had notable, life-changing experiences in Appalachia with the Appalachia Service Project, in West Virginia with Habitat for Humanity and international missions trips. My life’s experiences have shaped my deep belief that we are all responsible for leaning in and helping the community around us. It is my time to lean in, in Talbot County.
When I was approached in early 2022 to run for Talbot County Council, I was apprehensive. I am not a politician. I am a proud father of four busy children and I am a dedicated service-oriented employee. What I’ve learned through this journey is that it’s time for a new perspective in Talbot County, and I am uniquely able to provide that. The past few months meeting numerous community members, talking with you about your vision for our county and what matters most to your family has been one of the most rewarding experiences. I’m thankful for the opportunity to participate in this race and look forward to serving you on our next council.
Candidate, Talbot County Council