You may have seen her at crime scenes, and soon you might see her name on campaign signs around Harford County: Havre de Grace resident Monica Worrell, a Republican, recently filed as a candidate for County Council.
Worrell will run in in District F—which includes Havre de Grace, Riverside, Belcamp, APG and Abingdon. Councilwoman Mary Ann Lisanti, a Democrat, has held the seat since 2006.
"Constituency work was one of my favorite parts of the job—helping people. This is a way to continue to do good work, without bullets and blood being involved," Worrell said.
Worrell said she wanted to wait to run for office until her children were off to college, emphasizing that like with government, it's important to keep one's own household in order. Her children graduated in the classes of '06 and '12 at Havre de Grace High School, where she was active in athletic boosters and music boosters.
Now, Worrell hopes to take her experiences in all the areas of civic life to the County Council.
"I understand the county is facing a critical crossroad and I want to ensure the right path is taken," Worrell said. "We need to prepare our infrastructure appropriately" for population growth, she said. "We should not fear commercial or residential growth, but it should come thoughtfully and with proper planning."
"My vision for Harford County is to maintain and improve the quality of life for its citizens," she added.
How does she aim to do that?
"Responsible growth, effectively managing traffic, keeping Harford County as one of Maryland’s safest communities, and providing quality education for our children, while ensuring the county’s fiscal stability and growth," Worrell said.
The primary is June 24, and the general election is Nov. 4, 2014.
A fundraiser for Citizens to Elect Monica Worrell will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Mount Felix Winery (2000 Level Rd.) in Havre de Grace.