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Meet Vicki Almond

I grew up in Catonsville and was raised by a single mom who worked two jobs to take care of us and put food on the table.

It was tough – and it wasn’t sustainable. So in high school I had to leave school to get a job to help support our family. While I worked during the day, I went to night school to get my diploma.

My first experience with volunteering was at my kids’ preschool. And I found my passion – working in our community and our schools to make things better.

So I spent years doing community work. Served many times as PTA president for my children’s schools. One time when we had a problem, I put 100 moms on a bus to the board of education meeting!

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I served on the Police Community Relations Council, where I helped start the county’s School Resource Officers program. Today, it’s a model for the nation.

And when the police chief threatened to take police cars away from the schools – I told him, don’t make me put 100 moms on a bus to camp out in your office!

After years of working on the ground in our community, I decided to run for County Council. Our campaign office was my dining room table. We knocked on thousands of doors – a true grassroots campaign.

I came to the job with a community activist’s perspective. And I’ve learned that we can’t fall into the trap of thinking we have this false choice between growth and our communities. To have strong communities we need economic development, we need strong schools, we need public safety and we need great parks and public spaces.

Sometimes I’ve had to make tough decisions to find that balance – and I’ve got the scars to prove it! I’ve had to make people mad – old friends in the community and developers too.

But through those tough decisions, we’ve had great successes, like Foundry Row.

And we’ve made our community safer. I took action when I found out about this synthetic drug called SPICE – a deadly drug that was actually being sold in convenience stores. And it was being marketed to young kids – 8-14 years old with names like “Scooby Snacks”. So we passed legislation that the state’s attorney’s office said drove SPICE out of the county.

And when I learned of the number of kids going to Baltimore County schools hungry, but not participating in the school lunch program – we tried something new. Removing stigmas and getting more kids enrolled. Principals and teachers say attendance is up at those schools, and kids are learning better. Now we’re going to do it in more schools.

And we’ve done all these things without raising taxes.

We’ve done a lot but I believe we can do even better than we are today.

First, we need leadership that brings people together to solve problems. I’ve learned on the council is that we make the best progress when we bring differing voices to the table to work out our problems and get agreement.

Second, we need to get more out of county government – make it more efficient and effective. We have some really great employees. We need to encourage them to try new things, to innovate and to get more out of our limited resources. And we need to do the basics right – from snow removal to trash pick-up.

Finally, we need to restore people’s trust in government – at all levels. And County Government is no different. We need more openness, more transparency. That’s why I’ve fought to stream our council work sessions online, ban campaign contributions during the CZMP process, and implement a new requirement for County officials to receive ethics training.

We need someone who brings people together to move us forward. So we can have good economic growth and development while also improving our quality of life – with great schools, safe neighborhoods and beautiful parks and open spaces.

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Getting Things Done for
Baltimore county

PROMOTING TRANSPARENCY AND FAIRNESS IN GOVERNMENT:

  • Introduced and passed legislation to live stream our council work sessions online.
  • Successfully fought to ban campaign contributions during the CZMP process.
  • Implemented a new requirement for County officials to receive ethics training.

Encouraging Job Creation and Economic Development:

  • Championed the Foundry Row development which brought a Wegmans anchored retail project to Owings Mills.
  • Partnered with the Reisterstown Improvement Association (RIA), the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce, and the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Coordinating Council (ROG), on reviving the historic Main Street district with projects including Music on Main Street, road improvements, and the Reisterstown Cemetery restoration.

Protecting Our Environment and Improving Our Quality of Life:

  • Protected the environmentally sensitive land at the Chestnut Ridge Country Club.
  • Lobbied for funds to support the growth of Lake Roland Park including the Acorn Hill Playground, while also downzoning Lake Roland Park land to protect the park.
  • Removed trucks from Brooks Robinson Drive in partnership with our state elected officials and community leaders.
  • Partnered with the Recreation and Parks Board and Councils to improve facilities.
  • Strengthened legislation to improve conditions, increase volunteer opportunities and provide greater oversight at the Baltimore County animal shelter.
  • Saved non-profits nearly 50% of the proposed stormwater mediation fees.

Making Education and Our Schools A Top Priority:

  • Approved record County education spending for Baltimore County Public Schools.
  • Fought for the extensive renovation of Pikesville High School which included modernized classrooms and air conditioning.
  • Advocated for 100% of Northwest area schools to have air conditioning.

Protecting Our Children:

  • Protected our children with Maryland’s toughest laws against dangerous “Spice” drugs.
  • Championed a Community Eligibility Pilot Program in Baltimore County Public Schools, which provides impoverished children breakfast and lunch at school—improving behavior, attendance and ability to learn.
  • Instrumental in the creation and expansion of the School Resource Officer program which places a specially-trained Baltimore County Police Officer in each BCPS High School and Middle School.

Working To Build A Better Community: