Calvin is committed to working together for a better Howard County. By focusing on education, the environment, good government, and public safety, we can continue to make Howard County the best place to live in the United States.
As an educator, Calvin knows the importance and significance of always improving Howard County’s education system. Our schools set the foundation for the successful community we all want. Calvin has always made fully funding the budget for the Howard County Public School System and Howard Community College a priority, while working with parents, teachers, and administrators to ensure they get the support they need. Seeing the need for community resources, Calvin also led the effort to build the new Miller Library on Frederick Road.
Calvin knows the importance of protecting our environment, both for the health of our community now and to protect the resources our children will depend on. Calvin developed green tax credits to help low income homeowners and restaurant owners improve the sustainability of their homes and businesses. Calvin voted and worked to build the Robinson Nature Center, an educational laboratory for young people to learn about the environment and for all citizens to enjoy. He’s supported legislation that makes it easier to own an electric car in Howard County, and fought to protect the Chesapeake Bay. He’ll continue to work to make Howard County a green and sustainable community to live, work, and play.
Citizens deserve to know what’s happening in their communities. Calvin has worked to ensure developers and the County are open, fair, and transparent in their planning of new developments. Thanks to Calvin’s work, developers and the Department of Planning and Zoning must submit plans and reports well in advance of public hearings, giving citizens and elected officials time to review and understand the proposals. He believes a good government is an open government, and is committed to bringing all voices to the table.
Calvin introduced and co-sponsored legislation that banned guns on Howard County property, with exceptions for police officers and other authorized people. His common-sense action means our citizens can feel safe and secure in our government buildings. Calvin also supports a body camera pilot program for our police, helping our officers and citizens get the protection and transparency they need and deserve.
Recognizing the need for a police force ready to respond to any community issue, Calvin helped secure funding for the Howard County Mental Health Authority to create a second full-time Mobile Crisis Team, which pairs police officers and mental health professionals to respond to emergency calls. He also successfully advocated for a team of certified instructors so give more residents training in Mental Health First Aid, a skill that needs to become more widespread.
Banned smoking in Howard County restaurants and bars in 2006, keeping Howard County a leader in public health.
Working closely with County Executive Ken Ulman, Calvin was a key supporter to get the Healthy Howard program up and running. Beginning in 2008, Healthy Howard was a national model for a county-sponsored health care program offered to uninsured residents of Howard County.
Calvin guaranteed a livable minimum wage for employees of certain contractors and subcontractors of the County.
Alongside County Executive Ulman, Calvin helped create a task force to develop a Behavioral Health Action Plan to guide future County investments and decisions.
Annual Money Matters Fair
Seeing a need for improved financial literacy, Calvin established the annual Money Matters Fair, a free resource to help Howard County citizens make informed financial decisions.
Men’s Health and FitnessFest
After his grandfather passed away from prostate cancer, Calvin realized the importance of raising awareness of men’s health issues. In conjunction with Howard County General Hospital, Calvin developed the annual Men’s Health and Fitness Festival, providing free prevention and detection opportunities for residents.