MACo Welcomes Newly Elected Officials: Frazier and Kelly

Photo Courtesy of Carroll County

Robin Frazier
Carroll County, Commissioner, District 1

Ever since she first registered to vote in 1978, Robin Frazier has taken a keen interest in politics. After she served on several campaigns, her strong stance on property rights led others to encourage her to run for County Commissioner in 1998. A background in finance and four years on the Carroll County Planning Commission made her well qualified for the position, which she held until 2002. Frazier gained more expertise working with the Ehrlich administration, and she returned to the Board of County Commissioners last November. With the Board working to reduce property and personal taxes, cut capital spending, and streamline development review processes, Frazier wants everyone to know: Carroll County is open for business!

Faith and prayer guide Frazier’s major decisions, and she and her family spend much of their leisure time participating in church activities. Through a bus ministry, they transport children to and from church, and they are also involved in choir and in mission trips. Bluegrass music is another family interest, with Frazier on guitar, her husband on upright bass, and the youngest daughter on vocals. Favorite movies To Kill a Mockingbird and Remember the Titans reflect Frazier’s sense of justice and fair play.

Frazier remembers a great adventure when she and her husband rode their 10-speed bicycles to Florida in thirteen days. In the future, she looks forward to visiting Hawaii and to cruising the Mediterranean, where she hopes to follow the footsteps of the apostle Paul.

Photo Courtesy of Maryland State Archives

Candice Quinn Kelly
Charles County, President, Board of County Commissioners

Lively family discussions around the dinner table that encouraged interest in school, community and country, along with a Catholic education that promoted giving to others: these were the formative influences that led Candice Quinn Kelly into politics and public service. Her values are recognized in the Lifetime Achievement Award she received from the Charles County Commission for Women in 2009. The words engraved on the award summarize Kelly’s goal of commitment to the causes she supports: “When Candice advocates for you, it’s not for a year, it’s for a lifetime.”

Representing the second-fastest growing county in Maryland, Kelly says that many Charles County residents spend hours in traffic commuting daily into Washington, D.C. Finding solutions to transportation issues is a challenge for this smaller county that lacks light rail and mass transit. Economic development to increase tax revenues and substantial employment opportunities closer to home are crucial to resolving such problems.

In her spare time, Kelly can be found steering a boat, listening to opera, enjoying monthly theme dinners with family, or cheering on the Ravens, Orioles, and Terps. She is an accomplished seamstress and enjoys needle arts.

An avid traveler, Kelly says her ideal vacation would be a month at the beach with a stack of books and no computers, phones, or calendar. The greatest obstacle to this relaxing venture, she admits, is Kelly herself! In the future she plans to take piano lessons and to improve her golf and Spanish skills.

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