Common Sense for Common Goals

 
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Common Sense for Common Goals.

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Former AA Co. Controller

Current President/CEO of Anne Arundel Co. Economic Development

MBA from University of Michigan

Certified Public Accountant

Over 10 years of Private Sector Business Experience

It has always been my belief that we cannot simply put a band-aid over problems, but must deal with their root causes. We live in a diverse and vibrant community where we must all respect and help each other if we want neighborhoods to improve.

I believe in transparency. I believe in keeping our city’s residents, particularly those in Ward 8, informed of the issues facing Annapolis. 

I promise to serve as an Alderman who updates our constituents on the issues and my position, prior to Council votes. 

Annapolis is a beautiful, unique and wonderful place to call home. I have a passion to improve my hometown and ensure that proper attention is given to the issues and areas needed for improvement.

Now is the time to improve our community, to continue moving forward, and to ensure it is a safe and beautiful home for all of its residents.

 

The Issues.

Crime is a threat to our quality of life in Eastport. Despite the data quoted by our prior police chief showing a reduction in crime, those of us living among regular drug dealings, violence and thefts know these statistics provide little solace. I believe more work is needed for residents to once again feel safe in our neighborhoods.

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Wife & Mother

Former President of Junior League of Annapolis

Founder of Eastport Taskforce to Stop Gunfire

Co-Founded Eastport Girls Club (now Seeds 4 Success)

Former Board Member & Treasurer of Eastport Civic Assoc.

I will work toward a more effective and efficient government. If elected as Alderman, I will be responsible for allocating your taxpayer dollars--spending wisely and cutting costs whenever possible. As the former Controller for Anne Arundel County, I understand and have worked through the complexities that exist in a local government budget. 

Roads, sidewalks, water and sewage are core governmental functions that are in dire condition, needing immediate investment and attention. If elected, these will be priorities of Ward 8’s core needs.

If elected, a top priority will be to improve Annapolis’ business climate through efforts to attract, retain and grow businesses in the city, while carefully considering the associated traffic ramifications and their impact on the surrounding community.

It’s important to balance the needs of our local environment to improve our quality of life. I believe in the importance of protecting our environment and the Chesapeake Bay--one of our country's greatest natural resources and the greatest natural resource in our city. I will ensure the Forest Conservation Act is properly enforced and that our Storm Water Management Fund is appropriately financed.

We need to ensure our city has an actual plan in place to fulfill our responsibilities with the EPA, thus allowing us to focus on the necessary capital projects and operating budget that will ensure we meet the guidelines. I will encourage sustainable and renewable energy usage through legislation to mirror the current Anne Arundel County tax credits, which include the High-Performance Dwelling Tax Credit, Geo-Thermal Energy Tax Credit and Solar.

 

ECONOMY

It's important to attract, retain and grow businesses in the city, while carefully considering the associated traffic ramifications and their impact on the surrounding community.


INFRASTRUCTURE

Roads, sidewalks, water and sewage are core governmental functions that are in dire condition, needing immediate investment and attention.


BUDGET

As former Controller for Anne Arundel County, I understand and have worked through the complexities that exist in a local government budget.

ENVIRONMENT

I believe in the importance of protecting our environment and the Chesapeake Bay, and ensure the Forest Conservation Act is properly enforced and the Storm Water Management Fund is appropriately financed.


PUBLIC SAFETY

Crime is a threat to our quality of life in Eastport. More work is needed for residents to once again feel safe in our neighborhoods. It's important to ensure that there are effective and adequate job training programs and after-school programs for our kids, especially in high-risk neighborhoods.

 

Listen to my official interview with John Frenaye of Eye on Annapolis in this recording of The Maryland Crabs Podcast. Learn more about the issues I support and how my personal and professional experience will benefit all of Ward 8 in Annapolis.

 
 

“We need to do more than just band-aid over the issues.”

JULIE MUSSOG  |  ALDERMAN candidate FOR WARD 8

 
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Meet Julie

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Julie Mussog

Alderman Candidate for Ward 8

13 years ago, when my husband and I first moved to Eastport, we were confronted with the weekly distant sounds of gunfire and violent crime reports in the community. I began to ask questions of the City, the police and my neighbors. I eventually co-founded the Eastport Task Force to Stop Gunfire with many of my concerned neighbors. With lots of community support, we were successful in securing a new police chief and funding for the Capital City Safe Streets program.  

When asked by the Eastport Terrace/ Harbour House community what we were going to do for the children now that we had addressed the law enforcement side of the issue, a few of my neighbors and I co-founded the Eastport Girls Club—now known as Seeds 4 Success. It’s a program that works with less privileged families in our community. It has always been my belief that we cannot simply put a band-aid over problems, but must deal with its root cause. We live in a diverse and vibrant community where we must all respect and help each other if we want neighborhoods to improve.

Over the years, my passion for our community has also led me to get more involved in other local civic groups. This included four years on the board of Junior Leagues of Annapolis, including a term as President, and graduating from the Flagship Leadership Anne Arundel program. I am also a past Treasurer and Board Member of the Eastport Civic Association.

Professionally, I have a strong background in finance and management. I am a Certified Public Accountant and hold a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. I have over 20 years of experience in private and government finance, management and business development.  

Currently, I serve as President and CEO of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation. Just prior to this position, I was appointed, under two administrations, Controller for Anne Arundel County. As Controller I was responsible for the administration of County financial affairs, including collection of state, county and city taxes, all disbursements of county funds, bond sales, debt management and fund investment policies. 

Four years ago, Annapolis was on the brink of bankruptcy. Despite some progress, the City’s financial condition remains precarious. The majority of the current council members have been largely unsupportive and are in fact the same individuals that contributed to the fiscal mess we were in four years ago. I want to work towards long-term fiscal reform. Only with long-term fiscal reform can we ensure funding for priorities such as public safety and the environment.   

Now is not the time for our community to regress. This is why I am running as Alderman for Ward 8.

 
 

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