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Discusses MACo’s Advocacy for Maryland's Counties

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), met with local legislators on the lower Eastern Shore yesterday while he was attending the Maryland Municipal League’s annual conference in Ocean City. He spent time with the Worcester County Commissioners and the Wicomico County Council members as part of an ongoing tour of the state’s major subdivisions.

Leaders of these legislative bodies sat down with Kamenetz and MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson to discuss an overview of MACo’s advocacy for Maryland counties in Annapolis at this year’s General Assembly session and about the value of MACo conferences where local officials can learn from each other and build beneficial relationships. Wicomico and Worcester county leaders raised the issues of transportation funding from the state and the challenging constraints of the state’s school funding formula. Wicomico officials also touched on plans for water and sewer build-out and the local airport.

“I really appreciate the time that our colleagues in Wicomico and Worcester spent with us sharing their goals and challenges,” said Kamenetz. “It goes to show you that whether you are governing on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore, in our mountains or in the City, we all have the same basic charge to provide our people with a good education, transportation options and basic health and safety.”

MACo, first organized in 1939, is a non-partisan organization that advocates the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith. With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council. 

Kamenetz also brought greetings to colleagues from around the state at this week’s Maryland Municipal League’s annual conference in Ocean City. 

Revised September 11, 2017