WHY I’M RUNNING

My entire life has been rooted in Baltimore County.  Growing up, I could hear the blast furnace at Bethlehem Steel, where many of my neighbors earned an honest living.  My parents and my community instilled in me the values of hard work, giving back to the community, family
and faith.

“I grew up in the shadow of a steel mill.  I witnessed firsthand the detrimental effects the mill’s closure had on my friends and family.”

After being the first in my family to earn a college degree, I returned home to Dundalk to be a social studies and special education teacher at Patapsco High School.  I saw firsthand how kids struggled to learn because they were hungry or in sweltering classroom heat.

So I ran for office — to reverse the decades of decline — representing southeast Baltimore County in the state legislature for nine years, where I worked to improve education, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for all Marylanders.

“As a new father, I am focused on our future. That’s why I’m running for Baltimore County Executive.  I will be an Executive who will not wait to do big things.”

My friends, my family, and anyone who knows me calls me Johnny O.  You should too, because relationship is the basic ingredient for progress, and as we fight for a Better Baltimore County together, you will get to know me.

-Johnny