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Hello! My name is Ellen Cornelius Ericson. I have lived on Meadow Lane for nine years, and I am running for our Town Council. These are complicated times, and we all are concerned with the future right now. As I walk through our neighborhood with my dog each day, I am very glad that I have the opportunity to smile and wave at many of you. Each smile and wave in return is a dose of encouragement and reflects the hopeful nature of our community. I have two small children, and one of them saw a sign that stated, “We are all in this together.” He made sure to point this out to me, and I am grateful that he did. We talked about some of the ways that we stay in touch with people that we love during the quarantine. In this way, we are taking care of our community, and we remain optimistic that our best days are ahead I have always cared about our community, our state, and our country. My career reflects my commitment to building community preparedness and resilience. After clerking and working for small law firms, I decided to pursue policy work in state and local governments.
For the last twelve years, I have worked at the University of Maryland’s Center for Health and Homeland Security, a non-profit consulting and policy firm that was founded in response to the 9-11 attacks. The Center works with governments and communities to build effective responses to circumstances of crisis.
While at the Center for Health and Homeland Security, I worked for the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency and was one of the planners under the Urban Areas Security Initiative. My contributions to building emergency preparedness infrastructure for the region include writing a comprehensive plan for emergency sheltering and an after-action report for an urban fire that displaced 200 families in Washington, DC. I also served as the liaison between the Director and the Local Emergency Planning Council; drafting its charter and bylaws; and, researching and editing the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.
While working for the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, we established the DC Business Emergency Management Operations Center. As manager, I focused on strengthening the connection between the private and public sectors. The private sector is integral to recovery, something we are all witnessing firsthand.
At the regional level, I served as the District of Columbia’s liaison to the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant. As part of catastrophic preparedness, we researched supply chain resilience, which is in the news quite a bit these days.
At the state level, I worked on six management and recovery plans for Maryland’s Department of Health.
I am proud of the work that I have done, and I hope to be a resource and an advocate for our community. If I am elected, I will study all the issues that affect the Town.
I know my background and professional experience can contribute to our recovery from the pandemic.
I will listen to your feedback on the Zimmerman Park Master Plan. Further information can be found here: https://www.townofchevychase.org/420/Zimmerman-Park-Master-Plan.
I will collaborate with you to advocate for steps to mitigate the impacts of the Purple Line upon our community. Project updates are available here: www.purplelinemd.com.
I want to hear about your concerns and your priorities, so please email me at ECCornie@yahoo.com. I hope I will “see you” at the virtual Town Forum on Tuesday at 7pm. Stay safe. Be well.
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