Early voting for the General Election begins on October 25th and runs through November 1. Vote from 10 am to 8 pm at any early voting center in the county, including the Pip Moyer Recreation Center in Annapolis and the Edgewater Community Library–click here to see the full list. You may also vote on Election Day on November 6. Click here to find your assigned polling place for Election Day
Before you vote, please take a moment to learn where the candidates stand on the development of Crystal Spring, as well as protecting our forests and waterways from development. This questionnaire was submitted to all candidates for State Legislative District 30, County Executive, and County Council Districts 6 and 7. The candidates listed are vying to represent the people who live in the legislative districts encompassing the Annapolis area, where Crystal Spring is located, or in adjoining districts bordering the project where stormwater would flow into the South River and could adversely affect its water quality.
The questionnaire consists of four yes or no questions of interest to all of us regarding the Crystal Spring development and responsible growth. The candidates polled on these important issues would represent citizens who will be profoundly affected by the traffic, school overcrowding, and stormwater and air pollution from the Crystal Spring development as well as others in the pipeline.
Our group is apolitical and does not endorse candidates, but we want you to know where the candidates stand on the issues of concern to you.
The questions are listed below followed by the responses we have received. Please note that some candidates chose not to respond. If we receive additional responses in the coming days, they will be added.
1. If elected, would you support and work to preserve and protect Crystal Spring from development, either through the purchase of all 111 acres at Crystal Spring in fee simple using state Program Open Space funds and other funds to fairly compensate the owner, or through the purchase of a conservation easement to fairly compensate the owner while allowing her the use and enjoyment of the property? (These purchases would include extinguishing development rights at Mas Que Farm, while keeping the ownership the same).
2. If it is not possible to purchase Crystal Spring in fee simple or protect it under a conservation easement, if elected, would you support limiting development of the entire 179 acre Crystal Spring/Mas Que Farm property to the 140 housing units allowed under the City’s Comprehensive Plan including any senior housing, while also preventing any commercial/retail development on the site?
3. If elected, would you support and work to amend the state Forest Conservation Act or the County forest conservation ordinance so that it would require a 100% reforestation requirement for any forests cleared in all developments with such reforestation being done on site or on nearby land and no loopholes such as allowing a payment-in-lieu-of-replanting? These changes would achieve a true no-net-loss of forest in the county and the state.
4. If elected, would you support and work to enact amendments to the state Critical Area and Stormwater Management laws, or to similar county laws, that would include much tighter requirements for waivers from the Critical Area law and a requirement for a no-net-increase in the rate, volume, or pollutant loads of stormwater from new developments?
CANDIDATES FOR STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 30:
- Sarah Elfreth (D): Yes to all four
- Ron George (R): Yes to questions 1, 2 and 3 with the following note for question four: “Likely – need to see it (don’t want loopholes) and to see how it’s determined”
- Christopher Wallace, Sr. (L): Did not respond
CANDIDATE FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES, DISTRICT 30A:
- Alice Cain (D): Yes to all four
- Mike Busch (D): Did not respond
- Chelsea Gill (R): Did not respond
- Bob O’Shea (R): Did not respond
CANDIDATES FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES, DISTRICT 30B:
- Mike Shay (D): Yes to all four
- Seth Howard (R): Did not respond
CANDIDATES FOR COUNTY EXECUTIVE:
- Steuart Pittman (D): Yes to all four
- Steve Schuh, Incumbent (R): Did not respond
CANDIDATES FOR COUNTY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 6:
- Lisa Brannigan Rodvien (D): Yes to all four
- Michael Christman (R): Yes to all four
CANDIDATES FOR COUNTY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 7:
- James Kitchin (D): Yes to all four
- Jessica Haire (R): Did not respond
Click here to see the signed questionnaires from each candidate.