Mel Franklin (D)
Mel Franklin (D) --
Education: BA, University of South Carolina; JD, Duke University Law School.
Occupation: Maryland assistant attorney general.
Elected offices/civic activities: President, Greater Marlboro Democratic Club; board member, Pr. George's Comm. College; board member, Indian Head Highway Area Action Council; past member, Md. for Obama Steering Committee; member, Pr. George's NAACP; member, Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; member, Democratic Party Central Committee.
What is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?
"Poor growth policies: We have a tax base overly reliant on residential property taxes because of the lack of a commercial base of good-paying jobs for our residents. At the same time, we allow scattered, mostly residential development that ignores our 15 county Metro stations, while eroding our rural tier and making it more expensive to provide adequate infrastructure and services (roads/transit, schools, public safety, recreation) for our residents. Growth policies should refocus development toward our Metro stations (with incentives for creating high-quality jobs), away from our rural tier and require greater infrastructure commitments for building residential development."
Why should voters elect you?
"I have federal, state and local experience as a public servant (and private sector experience) and an effective track record as a community activist."