Mid Shore Board of Realtors hosts legislative crab feed

Dorchester Banner/Bob Zimberoff Members of the Shore Delegation spoke Aug. 31 during the Mid-Shore Board of Realtors Crab Feed at American Legion Post #77 in Easton. From left are Selegates Johnny Mautz, Sheree Sample-Hughes and Chris Adams; outgoing MSBR President Sheila Washburn and State Senator Addie Eckardt.

Dorchester Banner/Bob Zimberoff
Members of the Shore Delegation spoke Aug. 31 during the Mid-Shore Board of Realtors Crab Feed at American Legion Post #77 in Easton. From left are Selegates Johnny Mautz, Sheree Sample-Hughes and Chris Adams; outgoing MSBR President Sheila Washburn and State Senator Addie Eckardt.


EASTON — Members of the Shore Delegation met with the Mid-Shore Board of Realtors on Aug. 31 to get down to business — the business of eating crabs.
MSBR held its election of officers for 2017 at American Legion Post #77 in Easton. Members of the Shore Delegation offered their thoughts on the upcoming legislative session, and other issues, before everyone grabbed their hammers and crab knives to feast.

Senator Addie Eckardt said to expect a lot of action in the upcoming session, and to expect a fight over how to use roughly $80 million in Maryland’s Rainy Day Fund.

“That’s going to come right out of the gate,” Senator Eckardt said of the Rainy Day Fund. “So get set for a roller coaster, but it’s always exciting.”
Senator Eckardt also said that Maryland is quickly moving from close to the bottom to the top of the job-creation list among states. She credited Gov. Larry Hogan for his business-friendly approach to leadership.

“A lot of people are thrilled that the governor continues to be very active in making sure that Maryland is open for business,” she said. “It’s really exciting to work with a governor who is so focused on an incredible increase in jobs.”

Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes said she’s excited about the progress with the building of the new North Dorchester High School. On Aug. 29, school officials signed the Guaranteed Maximum Price Amendment to the Construction Contract which officially marked the end of the planning phase and beginning of the construction phase of the new school.

“I’m very pleased to see the progression that’s happening in North Dorchester with the high school. We’ve been able to make that happen,” Delegate Sample-Hughes said. “We (the Shore Delegation) were right there in making sure that funding was on the table. … People come to the area because they know we have good schools.”

Delegate Johnny Mautz said Gov. Hogan has stabilized economic policies.
“We’re finding a middle ground (in government),” Delegate Mautz said. “I see a bright future.”

Earlier in the day on Aug. 31, with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot by his side, Gov. Hogan announced that starting next year, school won’t begin until after Labor Day thanks to an executive order. Later at the crab feed, Delegate Chris Adams said he’s glad to see Comptroller Franchot, a Democrat, and Gov. Hogan, a Republican, working together.

“This is the kind of thing most people in our state want from elected officials,” Delegate Adams said of Gov. Hogan’s bipartisan leadership. “That’s an exciting reality.”

Martha Witte Suss, of Long and Foster Real Estate, was elected president of MSBR.

“The Mid-Shore Board of Realtors continues to have strong leadership,” she said, “and I look forward to working with the board this year and our members to help move the Mid-Shore Board of Realtors forward.”

Sheila Washburn, of Benson and Mangold, will become immediate past president. Daphne Cawley, also of Benson and Mangold, moves to president-elect. Dormaim Green, of Exit on the Bay, was elected secretary and Trey Rider, of Meredith Fine Properties, was elected treasurer. The swearing in will be held Oct. 18 at the Avalon Theatre in Easton.

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