Candidate Survey: Bill Heine for Calvert County Commissioner, At-Large
Office Sought and District
Calvert County Commissioner (at large)
B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University in International Relations with a minor in Military Science, graduate certificate from Stanford in Advanced Project Management, a Master’s Degree in Intelligence Studies with a concentration in Operations from American Military University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the same institution. I am also currently a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Military Experience: I have 13 years served in the U.S. Army (National Guard / Reserves) and am currently a Plans and Exercises Officer for US Forces Japan. I been both enlisted and commissioned as an officer and am currently at the rank of O-3 Captain. I have held the positions of Executive Officer, Tactical Intelligence Officer, UAV Platoon Leader, and HUMINT Platoon Leader and was in charge of a pre mobilization site for deploying units. Work Experience: I currently work at The MASY Group as a Program Manager and have experience working with multiple agencies and organizations managing projects values up to 75 million with 60+ employees. I have deployed to Afghanistan supporting the warfighter in Afghanistan, Qatar, and Kuwait. I have also worked with Local, State, and Federal level organizations and law enforcement.
I ran for County Councilman in Anne Arundel County 4 years ago.
Why are you running for office?
I am running for office to ensure that as a county we grow in a fiscally responsible manner that aligns with our current resources and the desires of our citizens. This would entail putting emphasis on small and local business development instead of national chains and ensuring developers are required to maintain a percentage of green space development and infrastructure investment.
My other priorities include increasing Environmental Conservation and Education and ensuring Government transparency and accessibility to local citizens.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Winston Churchill, During his time as head of the Navy in WWI and Prime Minister through WWII he was always a lead from the front leader who made hard choices that put his people before himself.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Team of Rivals, this book does a great job of portraying multiple perspectives on the same critical events surrounding Lincoln and his cabinet.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
My top priority will be to ensure that all planning and growth in the county will be managed in a clear and transparent manner that will involve citizen input.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
Strategic level planning is not incorporating citizen input and actions of the Government are not transparent to the citizens and are not being clearly justified and communicated. This has led to changes that I think many Calvert County residents are against and mismanaged growth that will end up costing more in the long run than if it was properly managed.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Taxes should not be the go to mechanism to pay for Government needs. Other courses of action should be explored first.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
I need clarification on what this question is referring to.
What is your position on land use issues?
Land conservation has always been important in Calvert and should not fall off as a priority for the county. This is how we ensure that Calvert maintains its look, feel, and culture. Once land is developed or changed it cannot be reverted back easily.
What is your position on public safety?
Currently school safety has been on the forefront of everyone’s mind with public safety. We need to improve the safety of our schools through infrastructure improvements including fixing and maintains all points of entry to the schools in order to ensure that only one entrance can be used during the day and that entrance is secured. We also need to change the open pod design of classrooms to include lockable doors for classrooms.