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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Krimm Sets Her Eye on Annapolis

George Wenschhof
Carol Krimm
The decision to run for Maryland state delegate in district 3-a, is a logical next step for former City of Frederick Democratic alderman Carol Krimm.
Not one to be wrapped up in political rhetoric, she instead focused methodically on my questions and answered in a practical common sense manner.  A refreshing change from the many interviews I have had with candidates and elected officials. Reasonable is a good word to describe her.
Perhaps, this approach comes from her master’s degree in business administration and from working as a Para Legal for lawyers.
The mother of two has been married for 42 years and was born in Cumberland before moving to Frederick in 1980.  Carol told me her husband Alan, who is retired from the state highway administration, was helpful to her when road construction contracts came before the city.
Her background and experience has prepared her well for the position of state delegate.
She worked as a para legal for city attorneys Bill Poffenberger, Jack Bloomquist and Jan Ambose.  Later, Ambrose would be appointed Judge and Poffenberger would run for state’s attorney.
While working for Ambrose, Carol would meet Maryland state delegate Sue Hecht and in 1999 became her legislative assistant.  When Sue ran for state senate and lost in 2002, Carol went to work for newly elected state delegate Galen Clagett.
Realizing, state law prohibits her from working for a state delegate while running for delegate, Carol resigned a year ago and made it known she would not be running for reelection for city alderman.
Both seats in district 3-a will be “open seats” as a result of both delegates Galen Clagett (D) and Patrick Hogan (R) announcing they will not run for reelection in 2014.
When I sat down with Carol Krimm to interview her Monday morning, she had just been made the first woman president of Frederick Area Committee for Transportation (FACT).
I asked her about the proposal made by president of the Frederick Board of County Commissioners Blaine Young(R) to raise the transfer tax and the Proposal made by Maryland state delegate Galen Clagett(D) to increase personal income tax to help pay for needed infrastructure.
Krimm felt there was no support for either proposal but believes adequate public facilities ordinances are local land use issues.
In addition to her focus on transportation, a major concern of Frederick residents, Krimm is paying close attention to public education and senior issues.
As delegate, she will support a continued commitment to strong public education and promises she will track funding to make sure Frederick receives their fair share of construction dollars from the state. 
Krimm added there is presently no Frederick County legislator on a budget committee and she would request appointment to the appropriations committee.
I asked her what she thought about the state raising the minimum wage and her thoughts on several counties; Montgomery for one, already having done so.
She said she would like to create good jobs with good benefits and have a nonpartisan Legislative Services review of the impact of raising the minimum wage.  She added she could not comment on the Montgomery County bill until she had reviewed it.
Senior issues and in particular, senior housing or “aging in place” is also important to Carol Krimm.  She would like to see the state create a program to rehab and renovate the homes of seniors so they can age in place and avoid the more costly alternative of a nursing home.
Krimm told me she will make her formal announcement she is running for Maryland state delegate in district 3-a next month.
Stay tuned.
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