Editor’s observe: The Frederick Information-Put up is profiling candidates for numerous public workplaces in Frederick County, main as much as the July 19 major elections.
John Funderburk wasn’t on the marketing campaign path for lengthy earlier than he realized one thing about Frederick County voters.
Voters within the county worth retail politics, he stated. They do not wish to accept candidates’ literature or volunteers knocking on doorways.
“They wish to contact and really feel their candidates. They wish to discuss to you in particular person,” Funderburk stated.
Funderburk is operating towards fellow Democrats Nicholas Augustine, Kavonte Duckett, and Betty Regulation within the celebration’s July 19 major for the County Council seat in District 4. Republicans John Fer, Chaz Packan, and Steve Valentino are operating for his or her celebration’s nomination.
District 4 is at present represented by Councilwoman Jessica Fitzwater, who’s looking for the nomination for Democratic for county government.
Funderburk ran for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Frederick in 2021, and briefly thought-about operating for state delegate earlier than deciding on his run for County Council.
He stated he has three kids underneath 8 years previous, and a delegate seat would require an excessive amount of time away from house.
His earlier campaigns taught the significance of getting out and assembly voters.
In speaking to voters in District 4, he stated, the most important situation he has heard about is development overcrowding county streets, colleges, and different infrastructure.
He want to rezone some unused business properties across the county to offer extra dense, walkable areas of residential area.
“There’s a number of business area right here that already has the, the roads, the infrastructure services to deal with a number of dwelling models. Now we have to make the most of that,” he stated.
To assist preserve the county’s agricultural legacy because the county grows, Funderburk would considerably improve the quantity of land that is preserved as farmland.
He would protect 150,000 acres of farmland over the following 40 years.
The county at present has greater than 23,300 acres of farmland completely preserved, in accordance with the county’s Division of Planning and Allowing.
Operating to signify a district that features elements of the town and county, he is aware of the 2 jurisdictions want to take care of a very good relationship.
As a council member, Funderburk stated, he would plan to fulfill usually with the Frederick mayor or metropolis employees to maintain a robust connection.
“None of that is going to be resolved with out a partnership between the town and the county,” he stated. “This should be a joint partnership. The County Council can’t do that alone.”
He desires to begin a jobs program that helps practice younger adults and educate them accountability and alternative.
“I grew up on a summer time jobs program,” he stated, and it helped him determine what he needed to do when he went into the workforce.
He envisions a cooperative effort between the Chamber of Commerce, native firms, and native unions to offer alternatives and choices for college kids.
“It needs to be a joint effort, a public personal partnership,” he stated. “It is not one thing you may enact straight away, nevertheless it’s one thing you may ramp up over a 10-year interval.”
Alongside related strains, Funderburk want to set up a coaching program in educating life science expertise for college kids who do not wish to go to school, however may create a pipeline of expert staff for the life science firms located round Frederick.
Amongst his different insurance policies, he would offer incentives for creating rooftop, yard, or group gardens.
Offering a tax credit score would encourage extra folks to plant gardens and assist scale back stormwater runoff, he stated.
“If we start the dialog from management that that is what we wish to do and we create incentives … why not, as a group, start to speak about it, start to do it. As a result of it helps everybody.”
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