Candidate Survey: Amy Jahnigen for Harford County Council, District F
Office Sought and District
Harford County Council District F
Bachelors degree from UMBC in Economics and Computer Information Systems and a Minor in Finance.
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Senior Technology Engineer at FICO
Student Page at the MD General Assembly, Community Advocate for years.
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Why are you running for office?
I have always been that person that speaks out on issues, shows up at meetings. I felt like I didn’t have a voice as Amy Jahnigen Citizen, so I want to be Amy Jahnigen Councilwoman and be the voice and advocate for the constituents of District F in Harford County.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Abraham Lincoln. He never gave up, he worked hard and came from humble roots.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
“In Search of Good Government”. It is a refreshing outlook on local politics.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
Transparency in budgets and decisions and being reachable to constituents. I want to advocate for the issues that matter the most to the people in my district.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
The opioid crisis. We need to fix the cycle of despair. We can do that by stimulating our economy, providing job training, giving people a way out.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I think we need to overhaul the budget and the way we spend our tax dollars. We need full transparency as to where all the tax dollars are going and to make sure it is for the best benefit of our tax paying citizens.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
I am proponent of lower taxes and a county tax cap. It is always a delicate balance between raising enough revenue and satisfying the needs of our constituents. I believe the issue does not lie with the amount of revenue generated, but more so of how we are spending that revenue. I want to make sure that all the tax dollars collected from our citizens are spent for the best benefit for them.
What is your position on land use issues?
District F is a very unique district in that it has a large cross-section of Harford County. It contains residents from Havre de Grace, Abingdon, Belcamp, Aberdeen, Bel Air, APG, Perryman and even a few in Darlington. The needs for these areas vary depending on what part of District F that you look at. The Route 40 corridor needs revitalization & rehabilitation, parts of the district need development and growth, parts of the district need to slow growth until traffic issues and school overcrowding issues are addressed. One common thread that spans the entire district is the need for proactive instead of reactive growth. Development is good for our county, but we need to make sure we are focusing on the correct type of development that makes sense, increases property values, doesn’t overcrowd schools that are already overcrowded, addresses the needs of the citizens and is good for the future of Harford County. I am excited about the brand-new Havre de Grace Middle and High school and think that the Computer Science magnet program is a fantastic idea that will be great for the future of Harford County. I also think that expanding the Vocational Education program or introducing an Early College High School in Harford County would be great for the county and the Route 40 corridor would be ideal for this.
Looking at the demographics of Harford County and the size of the county, I think the county definitely needs two full service hospitals and that with the pending closure of Union Memorial, that we need to address the issue of getting a full service hospital replacement.
What is your position on public safety?
We need to continue to support our police, firefighters, paramedics and first responders. They put their lives on the line for us, so we need to fight for them and advocate for public safety programs and funding. A safe community benefits everyone, including the residents, businesses and visitors to Harford County.