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Councilman John Olszewski's Biography

Residence

As one of nine children, John was raised in the Eastwood community. Always active in recreational programs, he would later devote many volunteer hours to Recreation Council programs.

John currently resides in Edgemere with his wife Sherry, also a native of Dundalk, and children Justin and Jordan.  Eldest son John, Jr. was recently elected to the House of Delegates

Education

1978 Graduate of Dundalk High School


Highlights

Elected Offices

  • State Democratic Central Committee 1994 - 1998 
    Served in leadership roles in the Democratic Party
  • Elected 7th District Councilman in 1998 
    Re-elected in 2002 and 2006 
    Served as Chairman in 2002 and 2006

Community Involvement

  • Recipient of the Best Politician of the Year award as voted by the citizens of the 7th District since its inception
  • Past President and member of the Battle Grove Democratic Club
  • Member of the Tri-District Club, County Seal Democratic Club, The New 7th Democratic Club
  • Member of the Dundalk Alumni Association
  • Member, Trojan Athletic Club
  • Member, North Point Peninsula Coordinating Council
  • Member, Friends for Todd's Inheritance Committee
  • Served on Urban Design Teams (UDAT) in Dundalk and Essex in the Renaissance Program
  • Instrumental in the development and implementation of grandstands at two local high schools
  • Spearheaded efforts in the realization of an indoor soccer arena and skateboard park for the enrichment of recreational programs for youths

Key Appointments

  • Baltimore County Delegate to the Democratic National Convention, 2000
  • Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas Commission, March 1999
  • Baltimore County Substance Abuse Advisory Council, November 1999
  • Board of Directors for Alliance, Inc., 2001
  • Trustee for the Dundalk Digital Harbor East (later DRC), 2001
  • Board of Directors for Day Village, Turners Station

Awards

  • Alberta Pugh Memorial Community Service Award
  • Boy Scout Troop 427 - Outstanding Citizen of 1999
  • Friend of Alliance, Inc.
  • Presented with Todd House Print for Extraordinary Efforts to preserve historic house
  • NEA Read Across America Appreciation Certificate, 2003
  • Middlesex COP Association Make A Difference Volunteer Certificate, 2003
  • Continue Support Certificate, Boy Scout Troop 884, 2002
  • Essex Little League 50th Anniversary Appreciation Plaque, 2001

Keynote Speaker

  • Commencement program for the CCBC Dundalk Class of 2000
  • Dundalk Association of Businesses, April 1999
  • Dundalk High School Graduation, June 2004
  • Essex Middle River White Marsh Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner, 2004
  • Dundalk Association of Businesses, 2001

Speeches

  • Grand Opening of Hyundai Auto Processing Facility at the Port of Baltimore, 2002

Legislative Accomplishments

  • Rental Registration - Reining in Landlords and demanding responsibility
  • Oil Refineries - Restricting the site of where an oil refinery can be located
  • False Alarm Bill - altering the fee schedule for false alarms as it relates to security systems
  • Homeowners Property Tax Relief (greatly benefits senior citizens)
  • Mobile Homeowners Tax Relief (many owners on fixed incomes)

Revised January 3, 2008

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