From the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition:
This week Harford County Executive David Craig joined the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition as an Associate Member expanding the membership of the Coalition to now consist of 11 counties.
The Coalition comprises Allegany, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Kent, Somerset, Washington and Wicomico Counties, representing nearly 1.2 million Maryland residents.
On December 12, 2011, the governing bodies of Allegany, Carroll, Frederick and Washington Counties announced the creation of the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition with an eye towards other rural counties joining their ranks, for purposes of strengthening their policy-related standing in the halls of Annapolis. Since then, seven additional counties have now become members of the Coalition.
Maryland Rural Counties Coalition Chairman and Allegany County President Michael McKay stated, “We are tremendously pleased and honored that Harford County has chosen to add their collective voice to the Coalition. We look forward to working with Harford County Executive David Craig along with the members of the Coalition in our mutual goal to ensure that the unique needs and perspectives of Maryland’s rural communities are taken into consideration during the decision making process in Annapolis.”
Harford County Executive David Craig stated, “Rural Maryland often finds itself at a strategic disadvantage from policy decisions made by the Maryland General Assembly. Our intent is to help balance the decision-making process in Annapolis so rural Maryland’s interests are strengthened and equated to the interests of non-rural Maryland. This can only be accomplished by working together in partnership through a strong alliance between Maryland’s rural counties.”
A Charter Coalition founding member and Coalition Executive Board member, Frederick County Commissioner President Blaine R. Young noted, “The 11 counties of our coalition represents more than one million Maryland residents and our collective membership allows our jurisdictions and in turn the citizens of Maryland’s rural counties a bigger voice in Annapolis.”
Harford County is in a unique position as a member of the “Big 7” in Maryland, which consists of the six largest counties and Baltimore City, but also has a very diverse jurisdiction which is both rural and urban, and will provide a very distinctive perspective for the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition.