County Council: Response Six



At Large

 Susan Reeder Jessee (Democratic)

As an original board member of the Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI) and current client selection committee member, I am very familiar with the benefits of public/private partnerships and their success in creating jobs. The county cut funding to $0 to this job creator and FITIC barely survived.

Linda Marie Norris (Democratic)

Public-Private Partnerships play a vital role, whether in economic development initiatives such as the Carroll Creek project, and the downtown hotel and conference center; county infrastructure needs such as road, fire stations and parks, or the provision of services such as Head Start by the YMCA or public mental health  … (answer exceeds word limit)

Bud Otis (Republican)

A Hugh roll! You cannot disassociate the two. We need to work together to bring new Companies to our County and the leaders of our Businesses need to be asked to join the Council members as we present a united team in our efforts. I have been asked to do … (answer exceeds word limit)

Billy Shreve (Republican)

Check out for more information or call me at 301-639-4763. You may also re-visit my extensive & exhaustive Chamber Survey completed prior to the primary.  It varies. Sometimes private companies are better & sometimes public are better. Constantly changes based on the market conditions. Results of my collaborative efforts … (answer exceeds word limit)


District 1

Jerry Donald (Democratic)

Public/Private partnerships have been valuable to get things accomplished in the last thirty years. As long as what is being done is in the public interest I am in favor of them when it is appropriate.


District 2

Annette Breiling (Democratic)

Public/private partnerships can enhance economic opportunities and jobswhen they leverage public funds to accomplish more with limited public funds. The quality of negotiations are important, however, to assure that the terms are in the best public interest vs. the profit of the private corporation.


District 4

 Jessica Fitzwater (Democratic)

Public/private partnerships can create positive outcomes in economic development that often could not happen without private sector investment. The process by which each potential partnership is evaluated, financed, and held accountable is critical to its success. Opportunities must be viewed on a case-by-case basis.

Robert “Bob” Lawrence (Republican)

Neither the public sector nor the private sector alone can be the driver of economic growth in Frederick County. Good examples of public/private partnership which enhance economic development are cooperative efforts to increase road capacity and the proposed downtown hotel and conference center.

District 5

 Mark Long (Democratic)

Public/private partnerships can have a useful role to play in economic growth and job development if done thoughtfully and under the right circumstances. They should be explored and encouraged when the right opportunities present themselves.


Kirby Delauter (Republican)




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The Chamber surveyed all candidates and assembled their responses. Though all candidates were sent a copy of our survey, not all of them responded. The responses received are presented verbatim. For more information on joining the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce contact or call 301.662.4164.


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