Chris Trumbauer — On the side of diversity
"I go to the Martin Luther King, Jr. dinner and breakfast every year," said County Council member Chris Trumbauer, 41, who is receiving this year's Morris H. Blum Humanitarian Award.
He heard news of his award late last year.
"I was kind of surprised. They usually give it to big deal-people like Sen. Barbara Mikulski," he said. "I guess the awards committee appreciates the way I go about my business and interact with people, and try to respect everyone and find common ground. I usually fly under the radar."
As a council member, he has used his power of appointments to "appoint diversity on the Spending Affordability Commission, Arts Council and Board of Appeals."
A big proponent of affordable housing, during his first term on the council, Trumbauer tried to ensure the procurement system "was not stacked against minority applicants and minority firms."
A bill introduced by Councilman Chris Trumbauer, D-Annapolis, seeks to create a historic preservation tax credit that would cover up to 25 percent of an improvement project's cost by deducting that amount from an owner's property tax bill.
If the credit is adopted, Anne Arundel will join most of the state's major jurisdictions, including Montgomery, Prince George's, Howard, Calvert and Baltimore counties, which already have historic preservation tax incentives in place.
The Library Board has decided to keep the Annapolis Library at its West Street location. Upon hearing the news, Councilmember Chris Trumbauer stated:
I’m very pleased that the Library Board has made this decision, which I believe is the best decision for the future of the Annapolis Library System. Great news for everyone in the community who made their voices heard!
Chris's September 30 Letter to the Library Board outlined his reasons to keep the library at its current location.
The Capital-Gazette has endorsed Councilmember Chris Trumbauer. Here is an excerpt from the endorsement:
The candidates in this Annapolis-area district live within a few doors of each other in Bay Ridge. Democrat Chris Trumbauer, a former Riverkeeper who now works on natural resources issues for a public relations firm, is trying for a second term, going up against Republican Dean D'Camera, who runs a business insurance company.
Trumbauer is not just the council's staunchest environmentalist, but one of its best-informed and most diligent members, attentive to his constituents' concerns and ready to cross party lines to get legislation passed. He more than deserves another term, and has our endorsement.
The Anne Arundel County FOP Lodge #70 has endorsed Councilmember Chris Trumbauer. On receiving the endorsement, Chris said:
I am proud and honored to receive the endorsement of the Anne Arundel County FOP Lodge #70 representing our local police officers. Thank you for your trust in me, and thank you for your partnership to protect our communities and our officers.
The Anne Arundel County Council unanimously passed a bill which bans new rubble landfills in Anne Arundel County. Upon passage, Councilmember Trumbauer said, "[I'm] proud to once again stand up for responsible land use as the Council unanimously passed a bill I cosponsored with Jamie Benoit to prohibit rubble landfills in our County.
Read this article in the Baltimore Sun for more details:
Maryland Votes for Animals has once again endorsed Councilmember Chris Trumbauer as the Humane Candidate. On learning of the endorsement, Chris said:
I'm proud to have the Humane Candidate Endorsement again of Maryland Votes For Animals, a grassroots organization that advances the cause of animal welfare in our area. Thank you for your trust in me as your County Councilmember!
Complete Streets, a program championed by Councilmember Chris Trumbauer, has now been established in Anne Arundel County. The program ensures that future road improvements consider pedestrian and bicycling needs in addition to the needs of motorized vehicles. A task force has been formed to recommend changes to Anne Arundel County's design manual in support of Complete Streets.
“I’m pleased we have established this Complete Streets task force,” said Councilman Trumbauer. “Working with county staff, these citizens will make recommendations to help make our roadways safer, more accessible and better suited for all modes of transportation.”Read more
Chris Trumbauer received an A+ rating from the Anne Arundel County Chapter of the League of Conservation Voters, the only elected official to be rated so highly.
On hearing of the honor, Chris said, "I'm very pleased to be endorsed today by the Anne Arundel County Chapter of the League of Conservation Voters. Clean air, clean water and healthy communities are important to all residents, and I am proud of the work we have done on the County Council to reduce polluted runoff, restrict harmful pesticides and reject sprawl development."
“We’re pleased that overall, the grades of Anne Arundel’s Council members are somewhat better than when we last scored them in 2012,” said Maryland League of Conservation Voters Anne Arundel County Chapter Co-Chair Bob Gallagher. “Thanks to the extraordinary leadership from Councilman Trumbauer and significant support from Councilmen Grasso, Ladd, Benoit and Smith, Anne Arundel County established long-overdue funding to reduce polluted runoff and improved the county’s Critical Areas Law.”
Anne Arundel County Councilman Chris Trumbauer was endorsed by the Metropolitan Baltimore Council AFL-CIO Unions in a statement by Ernie Grecco, President. Two local AFSCME unions which represent Anne Arundel County employees also made the following statements of endorsement:
"Councilman Chris Trumbauer is an effective leader who stands up and fights for his constituents. He is honest, professional, and a man of integrity. We give our full support to his re-election to the Anne Arundel County Council in District 6." Tim Kingston, President of Local 2563.
"Councilman Chris Trumbauer is an honest, effective leader who understands the needs of working families in Anne Arundel County. Chris has done a great job and we are very proud to support his re-election campaign." Mike Akers, President of Local 582.