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Endorsement: Janssen Evelyn for Howard County Council District 4

Janssen Evelyn is The Merriweather Post's choice for Howard County Council District 4 in the Democratic Primary on July 19. Janssen prioritizes pragmatic and progressive legislation to create self-sustaining neighborhoods that invite and empower people to live, work, play and grow here. Now more than ever, we need bold leaders like Janssen with the courage and determination to advance solutions rooted in our common values and vision to fulfill Columbia’s promise to future generations for neighborhoods that are sustainable, thriving, and resilient.

The future of Howard County is bright. We are still in the early stages of the redevelopment of a new thriving Downtown in Columbia that can serve as an economic engine for our country, contain a myriad of arts, culture, dining, and entertainment options that enhance our quality of life, and provide abundant housing choices and other infrastructure needs to sustain our county and allow us to flourish. In continuation of Columbia's foundation as an inclusive welcoming vibrant community that is intentionally designed to lift residents up and create opportunity, we need forward-looking leaders, like Janssen, willing to tackle the pressing issues of our time in order to ensure this vision of a bold future is actualized.


Here's a quote from Janssen on Downtown Columbia redevelopment from a recent Facebook video:

Janssen's life experiences, professional background, and impressive commitment to community service have prepared him for this role. I can personally attest to his quick wit, intelligence, and passion for community from our tenure serving together on the Hickory Ridge Village Board.


If you support a thriving vibrant Downtown Columbia and want forward-looking representatives in local government who are focused on the future instead of the past, then Janssen Evelyn, the "Mayor of Merriweather," is the pick to be the next Councilmember representing District 4 on the Howard County Council. Please join me in supporting Janssen Evelyn in the democratic primary election. Vote by Mail, vote early (July 7 to July 14), or vote on election day on July 19th.

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Stephen Feldman
Stephen Feldman
Jul 18, 2022

developers and tree cutters for Janssen?

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Before anyone considers voting for Janssen, I would encourage you to watch the Hickory Ridge Village Board meeting from February 7th 2022. Please pay attention to his inter-actions with a resident. Janssen is pushing for more development but in my opinion without considering the consequences. Columbia is a well thought out , planned community. How much would a new school cost the tax payers ? Would we need to expand the hospital again ? Isn't it nice to get across Columbia in 15 minutes? During the height of covid, we had groceries on our shelves and then vaccines when they became available. We can schedule a doctors appointment in a relatively short amount of time. We have clean drinking water…

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Stephen Feldman
Stephen Feldman
Jul 18, 2022
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Janssen runs the most dishonest campaign I've ever seen in the Columbia area. I've lived in both East and West Columbia since 1981. But Hoco has had 'liberals' or 'progressives' before ,who sat as Executive or Council members. who really are fronts for developers, banks, property lawyers, title companies, office park investors, and those who in fact are anti-environment. The Howard 'plans' have masked ruthless uncoordinated growth for profits that don't benefit working people who live in Howard. \More development (which is what Janssen's really about)

is the biggest threat to the environment and generator of climate emissions in the County. A few electric vehicles bought by County won't make much difference(yes buy them).Janssen's claims to be pro green is…

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I can not support Janssen as I believe he is too beholden to the developers in Howard County. While the redevelopment of downtown Columbia is good, the extension of the downtown urban landscape to all of the village centers is not desirable. Having watched his apparent support of Kimco's redevelopment of the Hickory Ridge Village Center and the proposed 4 story apartment building I do not believe that his idea of Columbia's growth is compatible with most of his potential constituents in District 4. He has also not committed to using small donations and the Citizens Election Fund, forgoing donations from the developers in Columbia.


I will support Deb Jung's re-election.

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Stephen Feldman
Stephen Feldman
Jul 18, 2022
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You can't trust Janssen after his smears of Deb Jung as a racist. And that's what he's charged. In the private sector, that's libel and he'd have to defend himself before a jury for reputational damage by a false assertion causing harm. I used to be a libel lawyer among other things and Janssen is publishing libels.

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Where is his experience? What has he done such as working with complex organizations like counties at a legislative and executive level? Where is his experience and background compared to the incumbent, and why is he the better choice? Are you endorsing him based on the color of his skin? IMHO, that's not a good reason to elect someone.

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Thanks Stephen. Was wondering why there were so many signs for him despite his lack of experience compared to Deb. I guess the developers found a person of color who would draw that vote. Deb has always had my vote anyhow.

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