Michael Zimmer, a 37-year-old lawyer who has lived in Eldersburg for 12 years, has announced his candidacy for the county's new legislative district in South Carroll. He is the first Republican candidate for the job.
"I am running as a conservative," said Zimmer, who hopes to represent District 9B. "It's something that's been in my heart for years. I feel the area needs a fresh voice to represent the views of the people of South Carroll in Annapolis."
The new district is home to 37,000 residents and includes the county's most populous area. Zimmer said he was pleased the governor has recognized South Carroll politically.
Carroll County still will have four delegates. The redistricting forces three Republican incumbents - Joseph M. Getty, Nancy R. Stocksdale and Carmen Amedori - to vie in the Sept. 10 primary for two seats carved from central and northern areas of the county. Del. Donald B. Elliott serves a district that includes parts of Carroll and Frederick counties.
As a legislator, Zimmer said, he would expect to deal with a wide range of issues, from proposed abortion restrictions to the water woes of South Carroll.
"I think I have a somewhat fresh approach on the water issue," Zimmer said. "I am calling on public works officials in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, the state Department of Natural Resources and the Carroll County commissioners to come together and find a way to solve the problem. I am disappointed that folks have polarized on this issue and basically said, `It's my way or the highway' - that is not the way to resolve it."
Zimmer, who is in private practice in Mount Airy, moved to Eldersburg in 1990, a year after he earned his law degree at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He and his wife, Cherie, have two daughters, ages 8 and 5.
Zimmer is vice chairman of the board of directors for Liberty Christian Counseling Services Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides mental health services in Sykesville. He also is a deacon at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church in Marriottsville, past president of the Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce and a past chairman of the Mount Airy Economic Development Committee.