2022 County Elections Bring 43% Turnover

County officials will turn over at a 43% rate following the 2022 elections. Here's a breakdown of the math behind the considerable wave of new office-holders. With the final tallies together from the 2022 primary and general elections, we can evaluate some of the numbers and trends from across the 23 jurisdictions holding county official elections in 2022. Here is the Conduit Street summary: The 43% turnover is in line with other recent election cycles.…

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Winter #MACoCon Book Club to Focus on “Local Interests”

MACo’s “good government” Book Club will renew in December – with a provocative book called Local Interests: Politics, Policy, and Interest Groups in US City Governments. Join us for the conference and this discussion, with a free advance copy of the book. At the MACo Winter Conference, county officials and other guests can join a discussion on a book affecting public service and best practices as officials, employees, and colleagues. The selection for January 2023…

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Changes “Here and There” Across Lower Shore County Elections

The lower Eastern Shore counties saw some changes, but no dramatic shifts through the 2022 General Election. Here's a county-by-county rundown. Talbot County Council The five-member Council had only two incumbent members seeking re-election. Republican Chuck Callahan appears to be safely ahead for re-election, but Democrat Pete Lesher is in a tight race with three candidates' tallies very close for the fourth and fifth seats available. Republicans Lynn Leonard Mielke and Dave Stepp appear to…

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Giordano Wins for Wicomico Executive, Multiple Council Changes

Wicomico County has elected Julie Giordano County Executive, and she will work with a somewhat reshaped County Council. Teacher Julie Giordano, in her first run for elected office, has won for Wicomico County Executive. She prevailed in the general election over Council Member Ernest Davis, by nearly 20 per cent, through the election day ballot counts. From coverage on WBOC: Giordano is an educator who graduated from Salisbury University and has lived on the Eastern…

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Blessing/Curse of a Strong US Economy

An analysis by figures from the Boston Consulting Group reviews facets of today's perplexing economy, and weighs both the up- and down-side of the unusual economic conditions America faces. On the Harvard Business Review, several authors from the Boston Consulting Group offered their thoughts on the current American economic condition, and its many confusing indicators of strength. While a strong economy seems to obviously carry benefits, the authors lay out the policy downside as well.…

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MACo’s Sarah Sample Advances to Associate Policy Director

MACo's newest hire is advancing from Research Coordinator to Associate Policy Director. Sarah Sample, new to the MACo staff in August and making her first appearance at the recent summer conference, will advance to a fully fledged role with the MACo policy team, taking on a portfolio of issues including public health, public safety and corrections, and legal/liability issues. D'Paul Nibber, a member of the policy team for a bit more than one year, resigned…

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Counties Mourn David Harrington, Former Senator, Council Member, Mayor

David Harrington, whose public service spanned years as a mayor, county council member, and then state senator, died this week. He served Prince George's County on the MACo Board of Directors, and Bladensburg as MML President during his years of local government leadership. From a release by the Prince George's County Council: A devoted public servant, David was a true statesman, policymaker, selfless community builder, and fierce advocate for improving the Quality of Life for…

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Stiegman, Bennett Elected to Leadership Roles w/MACo OPEB Trust

The MACo OPEB Investment Trust has elected a new Chair and Vice Chair to its Board of Trustees, to continue its mission of offering a cost-effective option for local governments investing current assets toward their long term retiree health care costs. At its recent fall quarterly meeting, Patricia Stiegman was elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Trustees. The Board meets regularly with investment advisors, auditors, and actuaries to help guide the Trust…

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MACo Seeking Qualified Audit Firm

The Maryland Association of Counties is seeking qualified audit firms to bid for a three year contract to conduct financial audits of the Association's finances. Bids from interested firms are due by September 28. The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) invites interested firms to submit a proposal for the preparation of its yearly audited financial statements and related filings for a three-year period beginning with the 2022 fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. MACo does…

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Maryland Municipal League Names New Chief Executive Officer

The Maryland Municipal League (MML) Board of Directors has selected Theresa Kuhns as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective October 24, 2022. Kuhns was selected from a national search which yielded a pool of more than 110 applicants. The MML Board-appointed Search Committee and the Board of Directors voted unanimously in favor of Kuhns. Kuhns’s background includes advocating on behalf of Maryland Realtors® and the Southern Maryland Association of Realtors®. She was Vice President…

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