Ted Haynie for Commissioner
25 mins · Today is a big day; the Primary Election. When I filed to run for County Commissioner I knew I had much to learn. I set out to do just that and feel I’ve accomplished much of the original mission. As I’ve said in many of my posts and interviews, good leaders are good learners and, if elected, my governance will be marked by continuous learning.
The most rewarding part of these past four months has been the opportunity to connect and engage with so many Calvert countians. I think if you’ve followed my campaign on Facebook and my website you’ll see a genuine effort on my part to attend events and meetings, meet and talk to people, and learn what’s important to them; and also to celebrate the numerous organizations and individuals who work behind the scenes to make our community such a great place to live.
We’ve posted the interview I did with TheBayNet News that can give you a quick look at this candidate and my take of some of the important issues facing our community.
I have been humbled by the support and encouragement of so many people. I hope to live up to that support and accompanying expectations by moving forward to the general election in November. We’ll know by tonight. PLEASE VOTE!!
Recently I sat down with Marty Madden, editor and Calvert County chief for TheBayNet.com for a one on one interview that is appearing on Southern Maryland Focus, a local current issues program.
To watch the interview, please click here.
Ted Haynie for Commissioner
June 23 at 10:49 AM ·
As I said in a post after attending the NAACP Community Day last Saturday, there are so many organizations in our community who help make our lives better, especially for those individuals and families in need.
There is no more important issue facing our community now than the opioid crisis, including overdoses and overdose deaths. Last night I attended an event on this crisis sponsored by the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse at the Calvert Marine Museum to learn more about this crisis and what is being done to address it.
There were several presentations including Joe Windsor from the Sherrif's Office and Stephanie Newman from Calvert County Behavioral Health Services. They provided statistical evidence of the crisis but, more importantly, information on warning signs for families and where to go for help. Thanks to Candice D'Agostino, CAASA Coordinator, for sponsoring this important event.
It was a great way to spend my birthday afternoon attending the NAACP Annual Community Day Saturday, June 16th, at Jefferson Patterson Park. I continue to meet so many people in our community who work for our citizens to make their lives better.
I spent a good bit of time talking to the director of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program looking for youth mentors and, especially, for African American males to pursue careers in education. They express the need for classroom role models, "...to inspire youth to dream and excel to their fullest potential that have the highest expectations of their students to shape the next generation of leaders."
Personally, I continue to be inspired by the the number of individuals and groups who work tirelessly to provide for the common good of this great community. If I make it to the Commissioner's office, these groups will be encouraged, supported, and celebrated.
One of the great pleasures of being out in the community and visiting with so many citizens is coming across former students that I worked with during my 35 years in the Calvert County school system.
At the event Calvert Marine Museum held on June 21, several other county organizations were represented displaying their work and resources. I was surprised and excited to see a former student when I was principal at Appeal Elementary School in Lusby, Shanae Gray.
Of course she is now a grown woman and is doing great work with the FUEL Empowerment After School Program for students in grades 4 - 12. FUEL stands for Fire, Unite, Empowerment, Lead. I was so proud of Shanae for founding this group to support our county's students. Also, pictured with the two of us is Southern Middle School student Arjelynn Chase.
On Saturday I attended one of the great county events, the Dragon Boat Festival in North Beach. What a great way to bring hundreds of county citizens and friends together for a day of fun and exercise, all to benefit End Hunger in Calvert County.
The Dragon Boats come to Solomons Island August 17 and 18 to benefit the Southern Maryland Community Resources, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps to bridge the gap for individuals with developmental differences in our community.
I had the great pleasure of visiting with teacher Sharon Hoetzlein-Sirman's AP US Government and Politics class at Huntingtown High School on Friday.
They are studying the local election and I was able to share some of my ideas and experiences and listen to theirs, as well. It was really exciting to see these young people so connected and engaged in their community.
Yes, it was a busy weekend, but it reminded me of all of the things we treasure as lucky residents of this jewel of the Chesapeake, Calvert County. We are fortunate to live on this beautiful but fragile peninsula, surrounded by water, farm and forestland, and comprised of many people who want our rural character preserved for future generations.
No event reinforces and supports that ideal more than the Senator Bernie Fowler Patuxent River Wade In. The 31st Annual Wade In was held at Jefferson Patterson Park Sunday afternoon under beautifully sunny skies and emceed the the Senator himself.
Pictured are two of Calvert's most iconic figures, State Senator Mike Miller and Senator Fowler, as well as Sustainable Calvert Networks' Greg Bowen, and U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer doing the traditional post wade-in measurement of the coveralls to get the year's measured depth of the Senator's white sneakers. Senator Bernie Fowler is a model for environmental activism but more, a model of personal integrity, civic responsibility, humanity, and civility. It is always an honor to be in his presence.
I'm looking forward to another busy week meeting with Calvert County citizens and attending some of the events that make our community special and the place where we love to live.
Thursday, June 7, 7:00pm - Southern Community Center.
Attending a hearing on Special Tax District issue for the Chesapeake Ranch Estates. I'm trying to learn as much as I can about the needs and concerns of one of our oldest and most important communities.
Friday, June 8, Huntingtown High School - Meeting with AP Government students to support their study of local politics and the 2018 elections. Engaging the young people of this county is a primary focus of my campaign. This will be my second visit to a County high school.
Saturday, June 9, 9:00am, North Beach
Attending End Hunger Dragon Boat Festival. This has become one of the county's great events and an important way to support the efforts of End Hunger In Calvert County.
Sunday, June 10, 1:00pm, Jefferson Patterson Park Attending the Bernie Fowler Patuxent River Wade In. Can't wait for this annual and very important event supporting Senator Fowler's life-long quest to protect the Patuxent River.
Looking forward to spending time talking and listening to Calvert County citizens.