Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Local Marine Considers Run for Council

With many people wondering who will enter a Congressional race in time for April’s primary, others have started eyeing a political run in 2014. Severn resident Peter Smith confirmed last week that he’s “seriously considering” seeking a spot on the Anne Arundel County Council. Unless the boundaries unexpectedly change, that means Smith would vie for the seat currently occupied by the term limited Daryl Jones.

Smith, a First Lieutenant in the United States Marines, has already started attending community organized events and meetings. He said he’s getting a pulse of what matters to the voters. Moreover, he senses that people want to ensure that Anne Arundel County remains the ideal community to raise a family. Smith stated, “As a father of one with another on the way, I share that vision”.

Smith did acknowledge the changing demographics of the First Council District. For instance, some of the area overlaps Legislative District 31, which heavily favors Republicans. Of course, it also includes part of District 32, an area equally favorable to Democrats.

A self-described moderate, Smith feels as though he brings a reasonable voice that can unite the district as a whole. “My wife is a strong Republican. Through our conversations she’s helped me see certain issues a different way and vice versa”. He added, “Compromise like this is essential on a seven person council”.

Smith said he expects to make a firm decision about his political future shortly after the New Year.

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