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Hello! I hope this note finds you and your family safe and well. My name is Ellen Cornelius Ericson. I live on Meadow Lane with my husband and two children, and I am running for Town Council. In the midst of such stressful and uncertain times, the ethos and neighborliness of our Town has been an encouraging example of resilience and optimism. If I am elected to our Town Council, I will bring a creative and collaborative vision to nurture and strengthen our community.
I have lived most of my life in Montgomery County. My parents still live on the small family farm in Darnestown where I was raised. As a child, I attended Darnestown Elementary School and Ridgeview Junior High. I rode horses in Pony Club and played softball. In ninth grade, I began attending Sidwell Friends School, and I graduated in 1997. I decided to explore the world outside of the DMV, and I headed to Wake Forest University for college, followed by a year working with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in California. I lived with eight other volunteers in an intentional community, and my job was to maintain five transitional houses. I ran community meetings, helped our residents with finding permanent housing, and performed general upkeep. Through my relationships with the residents, I learned that housing and community are essential to creating a secure and stable foundation for families. I decided that I wanted to pursue law and policy in order to help more people.
After my year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, I returned to Maryland to attend law school at the University of Maryland, where I was selected as the Notes and Comments Editor for the Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class. While studying the law, I was drawn to the idea of helping identify commonality and compromise among divergent perspectives. I trained as a mediator while I worked for a law firm in Annapolis. After graduating from law school, I clerked for the Honorable John Debelius at the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. This clerkship provided me with an opportunity to research Maryland civil, criminal, and regulatory law and offered a new degree of familiarity with Montgomery County. During my clerkship, I met my husband, Dan, who is also a lawyer. We have been married for ten years and bought our home on Meadow Lane in 2011.
Our Town has been the perfect place to grow our family of two boys and a goldendoodle. As someone who grew up in Montgomery County and is raising her children in Town, I am committed to thinking beyond the near term. Several years ago, I volunteered for the Centennial Committee to commemorate and celebrate the rich history of our Town. Currently, I am serving on the Long Range Planning Committee, and I have been involved in Montgomery County’s pedestrian plan and thirty year plan (Thrive Montgomery). I volunteered for these two projects because of their short-term and long-term implications. The short-term implications of a pedestrian plan are to make walking in Montgomery County more safe and more accessible. The long-term implications of Thrive Montgomery are a strong economy, equity for residents, and environmental resilience. You can read more about Thrive Montgomery here-- https://montgomeryplanning.org/planning/master-plan-list/general-plans/thrive-montgomery-2050/ .
Listening to your concerns and representing your priorities is important to me. There continues to be much work to do. I am committed to using my background, experience, and sincere affection for our community to work towards addressing the effects of the pandemic, development in Bethesda, and the results of the Town’s traffic study in ways that strengthen our community. Please do not hesitate to contact me.
Your Neighbor,Ellenwww.ellencorneliusericson.com ECCornie@yahoo.com
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