BOWIE – With the city’s next election in November approaching, several members of the city council have already started announcing their intentions to run again. Councilmember James Marcos became the first official to announce his fall candidacy, announcing he will run for an at-large seat on the council after serving the city’s first district since […]
BOWIE – With the city’s next election in November approaching, several members of the city council have already started announcing their intentions to run again.
Councilmember James Marcos became the first official to announce his fall candidacy, announcing he will run for an at-large seat on the council after serving the city’s first district since 2007.
“I’d been contemplating moving up the large seat since Todd (Turner) had talked about vacating his seat and moving up to county council,” Marcos said. “It seemed like the next logical step to help everybody.”
Marcos said he feels “very competent in the way that I governed this district” and thinks he can be a bigger asset to the city in an at-large seat.
“My very conservative financial approach, being accessible to the people of Bowie with having a business here and not only being born and raised here but having the business here kind of gives me more of a reason to really try to make this the best city it can be,” he said.
Marcos said he plans to keep moving forward with smart government and smart financial budgeting as his platform.
“Bowie is one of the few municipalities that has been able to weather the economic downturn and stay on good footing, stay with a great bond rating and every year produce a very conservative budget that concentrates mostly on the services that the people expect,” he said.
Marcos said he could not comment on who he would like to see run for his current seat.
Councilmember Diane Polangin confirmed she will run for re-election with a platform of “running for the people” and what they want her to do. Polangin said she had originally decided to not run again, but she changed her mind.
“My constituents have been asking me to run again, so I will,” Polangin said. “When you run for office, it’s not what you want, it’s what your constituents want. I’m a big advocate for senior housing. Why? Because my constituents want senior housing, so how would I help them if I said no?”
Polangin said election year is “always exciting” but she cautioned candidates to be careful about the promises they make.
“People will promise you things that it is not in their jurisdiction to do,” she said. “So you have to listen to your gut and make sure that people are not just promising you the moon and are unable to deliver it.”
Councilmember Henri Gardner said will run for re-election with the goal of alleviating the tough times people experience.
“These are still difficult times,” Gardner said. “And I’m working to continue to prevent any increases of city taxes and to continue to work to provide the services that our residents have come to depend upon, such as our snow removal, leaves removal and twice-weekly trash collection.”
Gardner said he also wants to continue to work on bringing more job opportunities to Bowie.
“What I’ve done is I’ve gone to many of the metropolitan area’s largest employers and have asked them if they have job openings,” Gardner said. “I’ve pounded the pavement myself by going and meeting with employers in person while also speaking with people over the phone and asking them if they’d be interested in coming to a free job fair within the city of Bowie.”
Councilmember Dennis Brady told The Sentinel he plans to run for reelection and build on the the work he has done for the past 10 terms.
“It seems long but at the same time it seems like it’s passed by quickly and I plan on continuing the good work that I’ve done,” Brady said.
Councilmember Isaac Trouth declined to comment now and said his campaign will make an announcement in the upcoming weeks.
The council’s newest member, H.L. Dufour Woolfley, Jr. said he intends to make good on his promise to run for reelection even though he has not filed the necessary paperwork yet.
Mayor G. Frederick Robinson, who has served in his role since 1998, said he could not comment on his intentions but plans to make an announcement in the coming weeks.
“I will announce it probably sometime in April,” Robinson said. “I don’t have a comment right now.”