Jack Broderick Enters Campaign for County Commissioners, District 4

Jack Broderick, of Chester, Kent Island, has announced his candidacy for the District 4 County Commissioner position in the 2010 election. He filed on May 4 as a Democrat. Jack and his wife, Liz, have lived for the past 34 years on Cox Creek in Harbor View, where they raised their family. They have two grown children, Christy and Jack, a daughter-in-law, Gillian, and one granddaughter, Charlotte. Jack and Liz are familiar faces in the community. They have both been active citizens on Kent Island and in Queen Anne’s County for the past three decades. Jack ran in the 2006 campaign and finished a strong second in the at-large race. He remains strongly committed to the people and the challenges of Queen Anne’s County.

Jack grew up on the water in a rural corner of Anne Arundel County and developed a love of the water, woods, and the Bay at an early age. He has family roots in Harford County, Baltimore, and Queen Anne’s County. He was educated in Baltimore at Loyola High school and Loyola College.

Jack is a veteran of the United States Army and served in a successful career as a civilian in the U.S. Dept. of Defense. He retired from the Pentagon in 2001 as the National Director of Human Relations and Equal Opportunity for the National Guard. His responsibilities stretched nationwide and spanned 25 years with the National Guard Bureau. During his military service he was an Army officer in Turkey – as a Turkish Linguist and Nuclear Warhead Unit Commander under NATO. He also served as a Race Relations Officer in Washington to help resolve Vietnam-era racial strife in the military. He left the Army as a Captain to enter Federal Civilian Service. He is proud of his role in helping to transform the National Guard from the segregation era to the strong, diverse defense force it is today. He is also proud of his work when sent by the Pentagon to help South Africa in the post apartheid era. Jack received multiple federal and state awards for his federal service including the Maryland Distinguished Service Cross. He does periodic consulting work for the National Guard, and to make things interesting, he worked part-time as a charter fishery mate aboard the “Island Lady” out of Kentmorr.

Blended with his federal career responsibilities, Jack found time to be an active community leader. To say he has been involved and committed to his community would be an understatement. He believes in investing his energy to strengthen the community and build on the unique Eastern Shore character and quality of life. He was a founding member of the Kent Island Civic Confederation and has served as president since ’83. He is a long-time Board member of the Harbor View Improvement Association. He was a founding board member of Queen Anne’s County United Way and helped found the Kent Narrows Racing Association. He served three separate terms on the Queen Anne’s County Library Board of Trustees, including many years as board president. He helped found and build the Kent Island Library. He was also active with the Kent Island Defense League. He serves on the KIVFD Capital Campaign Steering Committee for the new fire house and is on the board of the Kent Island Heritage Society, where he is the Society’s president and parade chair of the Kent Island Day parade..

Over the years Jack has served on over a dozen County level Citizen Advisory Committees (CACs) dealing with many diverse County issues, including: Comprehensive Master Plan Update; Terrapin Park Design Plan; Code Home Rule; Bay Bridge Airport Acquisition; Water and Sewer Finance; Five County Commissioner Study; School Facilities Master Plan; Chester Growth Area; Chester/ Stevensville Planning Area. During the past two years, he was appointed by the County to serve on the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission; the Comprehensive Master Plan Topic Committee for Historical and Culture Preservation; and the Blue Ribbon Panel on Smart Growth and Rural Development. He has also served for the past five years as chair of the State level  Bay Bridge Reconstruction Advisory Group (BBRAG) and advised the Maryland Transportation Authority during the successful re-decking of the of the westbound span of the Bridge, just completed on April 22. (During that project over 300 new deck panels were installed during overnight work, with minimal disruption to morning commuters, local businesses, and citizens.)

Jack’s wife, Liz, a retired medical practice manager, has also had an active community life. She served 10 years as a member of the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education and 5 years a member of the Queen Anne’s County Ethics Commission. She was active as a Hospice volunteer and served several years as Director of Hospice Volunteers. She is currently a board member of the County League of Women Voters, Ethics matters, Inc., and a founding board member of CASA of Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties.

Jack’s passions are family, good people, old boats, fishing, hunting, crabbing (and crab feasts), sunsets, and the special quality of life and community character of Kent Island and Queen Anne’s County. He is looking forward to an active campaign and the robust discussion of the challenges facing our County. His major campaign thrusts will be:
1. Responsible, sustainable, smart growth of commercial and residential sectors – at a scale and scope that strengthens, and protects our unique Eastern Shore environment, quality of life, and community character, and is focused on current citizens’ needs.
2. The strongest possible public education system – as an investment in our future.
3. Responsible, balanced fiscal policy and planning – responsive, effective services for citizens from an efficient, streamlined government, funded by a balanced tax structure with increased reliance on a strong business / commercial sector and local jobs.
4. Ethical, open government – a culture of public trust and responsibility for elected, appointed, professional, and staff members of County government, guided by the strongest ethical standards in the state.
5. New development that pays its own way with infrastructure that insures the quality of life, health, safety, and welfare of current citizens and businesses. (Jack supports the strong standards of the current APFO, insuring infrastructure prior to development).
6. Citizen involvement and input for all major functions of County government – where citizen input is actively sought, respected, and incorporated into County decisions. This includes following citizen recommendations in the current update of the County Comprehensive Master Plan.
7. Respect and value for the County’s Fire and EMS volunteers – insuring that volunteers have a “seat at the table” in all County Emergency Service deliberations and decisions.
8. Affordable housing for all segments of our community – especially senior citizens and
members of our valuable working class through creative business strategies and partnerships, and effective government incentives.

Jack believes he can bring his record of caring, commitment, public service, and leadership to help govern Queen Anne’s County during these challenging times.

For more information, call 410-643-6452 or email jackandlizzie@atlanticbb.net.

Citizens for Jack Broderick
Authority: M. Elizabeth Broderick, Treasurer