Kavonte Duckett is a candidate for Frederick County Council at-large. The primary election is June 26.
Why are you running for office?
As a lifelong resident of Frederick County, I'm running for County Council so I can not only push for progress, but also be the voice of the next generation of leaders. I value education and want to provide opportunities for small businesses. I want to make sure we are attracting and retaining young people and their intellectual capital. But most importantly, I’m running because I care about our county and the issues that affect those that live here. I vow to not only listen to your concerns, but I will pass legislation that will address those concerns. I live by the quote, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”
What's the biggest issue facing Frederick County? How would you address it?
For starters, we need to attract and retain young people. We need to make sure Frederick County is enticing to them and others. For example, in the education system, we need to make sure that we are recruiting and retaining top talent, instead of losing out on excellent educators to neighboring counties.
Likewise, it’s time to help grow our business sector. I will work alongside local entrepreneurs and business leaders to be a voice for the local business community.
Not only do we need to make sure Frederick County is a great home for young people, we also need to take care of our aging population. Affordable housing is an issue that affects people of all ages and requires the attention of elected officials, at the city, county and state level. We are losing too many residents, whether retirees or young people to surrounding counties due to affordability. The situation must be addressed.
It also goes without saying that we are fighting a growing opioid addiction epidemic. As a County Council member I will work closely with law enforcement and other state and local elected officials and agencies to fight this crisis.
What changes, if any, would you propose if elected?
I am a proponent of less talk and more action. Frederick County is great at conducting research and studies and thinking through complex issues.
However, when it comes to taking that next step sometimes momentum is lost. It’s time to start implementing great ideas, instead of letting them fall by the wayside. If elected, I pledge to review the county hiring practices to ensure that it is free of bias and that every applicant given a fair opportunity, evaluate the Frederick County Affordable Housing Needs Assessment and enact legislation, ensure a minority set aside fund is readily available and work towards transportation solutions that encompass rail, road and public transportation.
What is one thing you would do differently from other challengers?
By virtue of who I am, my experience and my perspective, I am different from those currently in office and running for office and I’ll bring that unique perspective to every discussion, interaction and decision I make while in office as I represent everything that Frederick is and can be. It is my priority to involve people who are often left out of the conversation to the table.
How do you plan on working with people with views different from your own?
I value to put politics aside and do what is best for the constituents of Frederick County by coming to the table with an open mind and genuinely listening with an intent to understand.
Also building intentional relationships to help facilitate necessary change and progress toward common goals.