MACo Welcomes Newly Elected Officials: Broomwell and Jones

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Diana Broomell
Cecil County, Commissioner, District 4

Twenty years ago Diana Broomell concluded that local government was serving special interests and big developers rather than the taxpayers, and she began to speak out on fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability.

Broomell brings a wealth of experience to her position as commissioner. She managed a veterans’ home for VA patients, worked as a legal secretary and a legislative aide, and was Havre de Grace Main Street Manager. Additionally, Broomwell served on an array of  committees related to school boards, re-zoning, and land use. In 2002 Broomell was named Republican Woman of the Year by the county.

Broomell’s parents met when her father was stationed in Munich with the Army. Frequent visits to Germany keep the commissioner in touch with her mother’s family and provide opportunities for unique experiences such as a private tour of the Neuschwanstein Castle and watching the Bayern Red Soccer Team play at Alliance Stadium.

Broomell and her husband Mark own Vintage Woodworks, a small business which repairs, refinishes and manufactures hard wood flooring. They have two adult children, Christina and Mark, Jr., and enjoy cheering for the Ravens. A cross-country runner in high school, Broomell wishes she had more time to run. Broomell believes that one’s life is enriched by the people in it and she looks forward to getting together with family and friends.

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Cindy Jones
St. Mary’s County, Commissioner, District 1

A passion for money matters and a concern for health care are the major reasons Cindy Jones decided to enter the political arena. Jones’ interest in finance began when she read her first economics book at age 15. She began attending conferences and subscribing to an academic journal on the subject. Growing up, she learned about running the family’s farm drainage business, and she has operated her own small business for the last twelve years. The healthcare system gained her attention when she discovered how much it deteriorated in the eight years between the births of her first and second sons.

With extensive waterfront, land use is an important issue in St. Mary’s County. Jones will monitor the impact that the Watershed Improvement Plan, PlanMaryland, and new EPA guidelines will have on the miles of shoreline in her district.

Jones and husband Brian live near Lexington Park with their two children, Andy and Kenny, a rescued Australian Cattle Dog, a German Shepherd, and a few farm animals. They support several local organizations that provide meals and shelter to the homeless, as well as Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, the Optimist Club, Fleet Reserve, and St. George’s Episcopal Church.

A former basketball player, Jones enjoys watching college ball, especially the NCAA tournament. The Jones family loves vacations, especially to Lake Tahoe and to spots on the Eastern Shore. In the future Jones hopes to include a trip to Vienna, Austria, on her travel resume.


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