I had a good time talking with Democratic candidate for Delegate in District 12 Nick Stewart yesterday. I've had a good time poking Nick before I even met him about the "culture of Nick" and we had a few laughs about that. And I will say that his posse of adoring Howard County gay men was nowhere to be seen! We did both wonder why Nick has such a posse. My theory is that it's because he resembles Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, but that's just my theory. And Nick's not as wealthy as Joe by about $120 million anyway.
Down to business. Nick Stewart can win one of these seats in District 12. He has a platform which in some respects takes an innovative turn on solutions to some tradional Democratic ideological beliefs. For example, transportation advocates talk wistfully about one day the light rail's yellow line being built to Columbia, and maybe a Metro spur coming this way too to give the corridor a proper mass transit connection. Nick's idea, in a brief synopsis: why not build the mass transit system here and connect it to the MTA and Metro? What would we rather add to US29, another lane in each direction or a light rail line?
Something I didn't expect about Nick was his focus on jobs, jobs, jobs. And the connection and interdependence between so many issues, like transportation, like education, like public safety, to creating jobs. Jobs so that familes don't have to travel to Baltimore or DC to work. They can work where they live. And so then they have more time to spend with their kids. And then they can get out and walk the pathways and become happier. We spent a long time drawing and debating these connections and it was interesting insight.
Rather than recite more of Nick's campaign platform, you can check out his campaign website here. I look forward to following his campaign's progress over the next eight months.
Happy Halloween! Let's be careful out there.