Today commences this blog's endorsements of candidates for Columbia Council slash CA Board. Although legally not one and the same, operationally the CA Board and Columbia Council are the same entities, with both roles being held by the same people. So your village's ballot may call them one thing, some the other. So I will refer to them as both!
Today I focus on the villages of Long Reach and Oakland Mills. And today, I enthusiastically recommend the re-election of Ed Coleman and the election of Julia Jackson McCready to these posts in their respective villages!
Ed Coleman is a relatively new face on the CA Board, but he has served the residents of his village well. He also brings a good balance to his work on the CA Board, balancing the needs and priorities of Long Reach with his responsibilities of Columbia-wide scope. Most recently, we was eleted to the board of the Inner Arbor Trust. He is a star in the making on the CA Board, with new perspective which we so deeply need. Columbia can't afford to lose him now.
In Oakland Mills, change is long overdue. The current CA Board member has spent almost his entire tenure serving the Columbia "watchdog" organizations he participates in, not the residents of Oakland Mills nor Columbia. His presence is a waste of CA lienpayers' dollars. But, in order to truly make a difference, change for the better, not just change for the sake of change, is needed.
Fortunately, in Oakland Mills, we have a great choice. Over her years of activism on the OM village board and in the OM community, Julia Jackson McCready has developed into a practical leader with clear ideas and opinions not just on the changes needed to make Columbia world-class for the next 40 years, but how to make the CA Board a governing body worthy of such an outstanding community. I have no doubt that the only agenda she will serve will be the agenda of the residents of Columbia. A refreshing change in Oakland Mills over a decade in the making.