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Johnny O and his family.

"I grew up in the shadow of a steel mill. I saw firsthand the detrimental effects the mill’s closure had on my friends and family. But like so many in Baltimore County, I didn’t give up, I went to work."

- John Olszewski, Jr.

Johnny O and his family.

"I spent 7 years teaching in the Baltimore County Public School System. I know what needs to happen to bring our children’s schools into the 21st century."

- John Olszewski, Jr.

Johnny O and his family.

"For nearly a decade I served in the state legislature working to improve education, bring jobs to Maryland, and improve the quality of life for all Marylanders."

- John Olszewski, Jr.

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  1. Maryland Lynching Memorial Project Hosting Community Forum on January 25th at Goucher College

    Public Discussion To Be Held on the Legacy of Lynching and How It Can Be Meaningfully Addressed

    Update: Due to the winter weather forecast, this event has been postponed until Saturday, January 25, 2020.

    The Baltimore County Committee of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project (MD LMP) will hold a community meeting focused on the history of racial terrorism and lynchings and exploring ideas for community remembrance projects.

    The event, organized by the MD LMP with support from Baltimore County Government and Goucher College, will be held on Saturday, January 25 from 10 a.m. to Noon in the Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, Maryland 21204.

    The agenda includes films and presentations by local historians, community leaders and others. A significant portion of the meeting will be reserved for a public discussion on the legacy of lynching and how it can be meaningfully addressed.

    The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project is a 501 (c)(3) organization that works to advance the cause of reconciliation in our state by documenting the history of racial terror lynchings in Maryland; advocating for public acknowledgement of these murders; and working to honor the lives of the victims. The MD LMP is currently working with coalitions in 14 of the 18 Maryland counties where racial terror lynchings have been documented.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:37:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/maryland-lynching-memorial-project-hosting-community-forum-on-january-18th-at-goucher-college
  2. Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot for the 2020 Special Primary Election for the Seventh Congressional District

    How to Request and Vote by Absentee Ballot

    The State of Maryland has declared a special election for Maryland’s Congressional District 7 to fill the House of Representatives vacancy.

    The deadline to request a 2020 Special Primary Election absentee ballot for mail delivery is Tuesday, January 28.

    The deadline to request a Special Primary Election absentee ballot for online delivery is Friday, January 31.

    Any voter registered as Democrat or Republican in Maryland’s Congressional District 7 may request and vote by absentee ballot, either:

    • Online: Voters with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card can request an absentee ballot online or print an application. If a voter wishes to receive an absentee ballot online, the Baltimore County Board of Elections must receive a completed absentee ballot application either:
      • ​Submitted by mail by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 31
      • Submitted online, by email or fax by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 31
    • By mail: If a voter wishes to receive an absentee ballot by mail, the Board of Elections must receive a completed absentee ballot application either:
      • Submitted by mail by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28
      • Submitted online, by email or fax by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28
    • By submitting a signed application
    • By telephone: Call the Board of Elections at 410-887-5700.
    • In writing
    • In person: Visit the Board of Elections at 11112 Gilroy Road, Suite 104 in Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

    Note: If a voter misses the applicable deadline, the absentee ballot request must be made in person at the Baltimore County Board of Elections.

    Find Your Congressional District

    Only voters registered as Democrat or Republican in Congressional District 7 can vote in the 2020 Special Primary Election. Voters can find their Congressional District online or check to see if they are registered in Congressional District 7.

    More Information

    The 2020 Special Primary Election for Congressional District 7 will be held on Tuesday, February 4. There will be no early voting for the Special Primary Election. Voters can vote by mailing their absentee ballot to their local Board of Elections or by visiting their polling place on the Special Primary’s election day.

    For more information about the Special Primary Election, contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections at 410-887-5700 or contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:29:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/deadline-to-request-an-absentee-ballot-for-the-2020-special-primary-election-for-the-seventh-congressional-district
  3. Baltimore County Offices Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Trash and Recycling Collection Normal, Drop-off Facilities Open

    Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts, will be closed on Monday, January 20 in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Health department clinics, libraries and senior centers will be closed, and CountyRide vans will not operate. Parking meters must be fed and Baltimore County Revenue Authority parking garages will be open as usual.
     
    Trash and recyclables will be collected according to the normal schedule. The County’s trash and recycling drop-off facilities will be open. Residents can log onto the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website for more information about recycling and trash collection, including schedules and drop-off center locations and hours. Residents may also call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.
     
    Collection schedules are also available on the County’s BaltCoGo app, available on mobile phones.

    Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:47:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/baltimore-county-offices-closed-for-martin-luther-king-jr-day-4
  4. Baltimore County Releases New Online Snow Plowing Status Tool

    Residents Will Have Increased Access to Data for Street Plowing Updates During Severe Snow Events 

    Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced a new, online tool for residents to monitor roads during severe snow events. The new Snow Route Status Map, will provide residents a simple, color-coded status of snow plow routes.

    “The new online tool is another step in increasing government transparency and will improve the quality of experience we provide residents,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “By providing this information more efficiently, we can help the public better understand where we are working and do more to keep the public safe during storms.”

    During large snow events, County offices are often flooded with calls from residents requesting updates on street plowing status. With the new Snow Route Status Map, residents will have increased access to information regarding the salting and plowing of individual snow routes.

    The status of each snow route is represented by the following:

    • Red—Salting and plowing not started
    • Yellow—Crews at work
    • Green—Operations complete
    • Gray—No County salting or plowing service available

    The data for the Snow Route Status Map is provided by Baltimore County Department of Public Works crews who send in reports to supervisors, who then log their progress. Approximate plowing times vary by snowfall event.

    Visit Baltimore County Stormfighter for more information or to report a storm-related issue. For other reports or requests, please visit BaltCoGo.

    Fri, 10 Jan 2020 18:15:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/baltimore-county-releases-new-online-snow-plowing-status-tool
  5. Important Deadlines for the 2020 Special Primary Election for the 7th Congressional District

    January 14th is the Deadline to Register to Vote, Change Party Affiliation, Update an Address, and Request a Polling Place Reassignment

    The State of Maryland has issued a proclamation declaring a special election for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District to fill the House of Representatives vacancy. Important deadlines for the upcoming 2020 Special Primary Election for the 7th Congressional District are approaching.

    The deadline to register to vote, change party affiliation, update an address, and request a polling place reassignment for this election is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

    To vote in the upcoming 2020 Special Primary Election, Maryland residents in the 7th Congressional District who are eligible to vote but are not yet registered—including 17-year-olds who will be 18 years old on or before the April 28 Special General Election—should register by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. This is also the last day for registered voters to update their address with their local board of elections or change their party affiliation. Only voters registered as Democrat or Republican are eligible to vote in the Special Primary Election.

    Baltimore County residents with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID may register to vote, change their address, or change their party affiliation online.

    Voters and members of the military, their spouses and dependents who are overseas and who do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID, may also register or change their address or party affiliation online using different identifying information. 

    Paper Voter Registration Applications

    Paper voter registration applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to the Baltimore County Board of Elections. A hand-delivered application must be received by the Baltimore County Board of Elections by 5 p.m. on January 14, 2020, and a mailed application must be postmarked by January 14, 2020. 

    Voter registration applications are available throughout Maryland at the following locations:

    • Local boards of elections
    • Motor Vehicle Administration offices
    • State Department of Health offices
    • Local Department of Social Services offices
    • Offices on Aging
    • Division of Rehabilitation Services
    • Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces
    • Public institutions of higher education
    • Marriage license bureaus
    • Post offices
    • Public libraries
    • State Board of Elections
    • The MTA Paratransit Certification Office

    You may also call 1-800-222-8683 to request an application by mail or download and print a voter registration application.

    Polling Place Accessibility

    Most of Maryland’s polling places are accessible to voters with disabilities. An elderly voter or a voter with a disability who is assigned to an inaccessible polling place may ask to be reassigned to an accessible polling place.

    This request must be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The Request for Polling Place Change or Absentee Ballot form (PDF) is available online. Voters can also call 1-800-222-8683 to request a form by mail. On receipt of a timely request, the Baltimore County Board of Elections will review the request and determine whether there is an accessible polling place with the same ballot as the voter’s home precinct and notify the voter of the status of his or her request.

    To verify voter registration status or to find out if an assigned polling place is accessible, voters may visit the State of Maryland's Voter Lookup.

    No Early Voting for Primary

    The 2020 Special Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. There will be no early voting for the 2020 Special Primary Election. Voters may vote by absentee ballot or go to their polling place on the Special Primary’s election day.

    Same-Day Voter Registration

    If an individual misses the January 14 deadline to register, they will have the opportunity to register to vote at their polling place. To register to vote on election day, individuals need to go to their assigned polling place where they live and bring a document that proves where they live. This can be an MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document that includes the voter’s name and address.

    More Information

    Voters can find their Congressional District online.

    Voters can find their polling place online.

    For more information, voters may contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections at 410-887-5700 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or visit elections.maryland.gov.

    Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:30:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/important-deadlines-for-the-2020-special-primary-election-for-the-7th-congressional-district
 
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County Executive Biography

County Executive John A. Olszewski, Jr.

A lifelong Baltimore County resident, Johnny believes in the power of public service and giving back to the community that has done so much for him. Learn More.