Name: Susan W. Wilson
Political party: Republican
Where you live: New Market
Current occupation and employers (may also list up to two previous jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: retired federal contractor and small business owner for 43 years (Wilson Information Services Corporation) as a library consultant; currently owner/winemaker, New Market Plains Vineyards
Political experience (public offices held and when; as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years; do not include political party positions): I have never personally run for officed. I was appointed clerk to the New Market Town Council, serving for several years, and member/chairman of the New Market Planning Commission (10 years), representing the town to the county commissioners on zoning hearings.
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)
Having lived here 67 years, and now retired, I want to constructively serve my community, as I miss being active and helping people. I feel my eight years as a personal representative settling a contested estate gives me a unique opportunity to put that experience to good use in helping others navigate the legal complexities of dealing with the loss of a loved one. The Orphans’ Court would be a good fit for me.
2 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)
I have been a resident of Frederick County for 67 years. As an information broker, I researched case law leading to evolution of new long-arm statutes in Maryland, so I understand and appreciate the legal system. My community contributions are: chief judge, Kemptown precinct, during 2004-2010 elections; graduate of Leadership Frederick County class of 2003-2004; member of the team programming the state extension service’s county government outreach sessions (three years); served as secretary to the Maryland Grape Growers Association, receiving their prestigious Michael J. DeSimone Award of Merit.
3 – Are there any important issues, other than qualifications, that voters should consider? (100 words)
Aside from constraints presented by the recent pandemic and the ongoing need for efficiency, providing sufficient time for each case that comes before the court is important, so that the interests of the deceased and all affected by the estate settlement are addressed fairly, without undue pressure, confusion or antagonism. It is difficult to attract viable candidates for public office, so it is critical that those who run for election and win are dedicated enough to actually show up for the job and represent their constituents. My work and community experience have given me the objectivity to address those issues.