Public Issues


Jim believes that Baltimore County has experienced decades of mismanaged development and so he focuses on development in Baltimore County. He believes developer contributions to local politicians have fueled a pay-to-play system in Baltimore County. As County Executive, Jim will prohibit developers from contributing to the campaigns of County Council Members and the County Executive if they have submitted any rezoning application or building permit. This includes variances, PUDs, or any change to a master plan.
Read Jim’s position paper on stopping overdevelopment


Jim understands that quality public education is essential for a thriving Baltimore County. Good schools attract young families, keep property values high, and educate tomorrow’s workforce. Jim stood with his constituents to solve overcrowding in elementary schools, was at the forefront of the battle for air-conditioned schools and has secured funding to bring our aging school infrastructure into the 21st century. Working with education advocates from across the County, Jim sponsored the hybrid school board bill which will allow Baltimore
County residents to vote for Board of Education members beginning in 2018.
Read Jim’s position paper on Securing Quality Education


Jim continues to be one of the leading environmental advocates in the State of Maryland. Keeping Baltimore County’s environmental protection bill in mind, he has fought to clean-up the Chesapeake Bay, supported tighter restrictions on development along coastlines, saved Blackwater Wildlife Refuge from development, and supported a 90% reduction in the amount of mercury and other dangerous toxins that coal-fired power plants are allowed to emit. Jim co-sponsored the bill that ended fracking in Maryland. Better maintenance of neighborhood parks, recreation fields, and bike paths are a top priority.
Read Jim’s position paper on Protecting The Environment


In the Maryland Senate, Jim served on the Judicial Proceedings Committee fifteen of his sixteen years. Jim co-sponsored the landmark Justice Reinvestment Act which allowed non-violent offenders treatment over incarceration. Jim co-sponsored a bill to further protect the rights of children who have been sexually abused. Jim also co-sponsored a bill that protected the rights of rape victims. These bills are all Maryland State law. As Jim focuses on public safety improvements in Baltimore, he understands safe neighborhoods are the foundation of a strong community.
Read Jim’s position paper on Public Safety


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