Recently, I was asked why I am running for one of the four open commissioner seats in the upcoming July 13, 2020 election.
Ten years ago, I successfully ran for commissioner and subsequently served with my campaign focusing on the Miles Point development project. This project proposed 350 new townhouses between Perry Cabin and Yacht club road. The town had been in this fight for thirteen years and with an overwhelming majority of residents against it. With some creative “out of the box” thinking, we as a group of determined citizens prevailed in its stoppage. Now that farmland is protected by an agricultural preservation easement forever.
Now as a community, we are facing challenges of a completely different kind. The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented financial hardships and we know that the economy will not return to normal in the near future. There are sacrifices to follow that will need to be shared by all.
Scaling back unnecessary expenses including but not limited to the proposed new 5620 sq. foot St. Michaels town office would be a good start. This is more than double the size of the current office and is projected to cost of 3.1 million dollars. With uncertainty about what the “new normal” will be and many municipalities downsizing office space with some staff working remotely and many meetings taking place via virtual technology, this seems like an exorbitant expense.
I am an advocate of the Historic District and as such, I will support the preservation of the town’s architecture and the connection to the past that represents and contributes immeasurably to its heritage and the vitality of its economy.
I believe in open and transparent government. All elected and appointed officials should hold themselves to a standard far above the current Ethics code. At the slightest hint of a possible conflict, the official involved should recuse him or herself from voting and leave the room until the discussions are complete.
My forty-five years of investing in our town has shown me a few things. Above all, we need to include all voices – not just a few. We all have a stake. It is my goal to band everyone together to share ideas and work on mutually beneficial solutions.
I would appreciate your vote!
T. C. (Tad) duPont
St. Michaels, MD