Del. Jenkins relishes a range of issues

July 30, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

After a few years as a Frederick County commissioner, Republican Charles A. Jenkins wondered how long he wanted to continue.

He decided he would like to be a state delegate -- still in public service, which he enjoys, but with a broader range of issues.

Jenkins, 47, of Frederick, Md., was appointed the Subdistrict 3B state delegate in January, replacing Richard B. Weldon Jr., who resigned.

In a Sept. 14 primary, Jenkins will face Republican Michael Hough.

Paul J. Gilligan is the only Democrat running. The general election is Nov. 2.

The subdistrict is mostly in Frederick County, but includes a small piece of Washington County.

Delegates serve four years and are paid $43,000 per year.

Jenkins was elected a county commissioner in 2006.

He said the best state legislators serve in local government positions first.

He mentioned a 2010 state bill to eliminate single-stream recycling, in which trash items are collected together and sorted later.


As a former county commissioner, Jenkins said, he understood single-stream's effectiveness and lobbied to preserve it. The bill was changed to a two-year study.

He said state mandates on topics as big as stormwater management or as small as baking pies for a volunteer fire company fundraiser are oppressive; small businesses often suffer.

"We're killing ourselves with regulations," Jenkins said.

He said he hopes to work more on efforts to combat illegal immigration and on transportation issues. Last year, he chaired the Metropolitan Washington County of Governments' Transportation Planning Board.

Jenkins said he expects next year, if elected, to fight a possible alcohol tax increase, which would hurt Western Maryland, where local residents have a short trip to other states.

"I'll have the backs of people I represent," he said.

He didn't vote for Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget because he didn't think O'Malley did a "critical review" of what the state needed now.

Unlike county government, the state legislature frequently is partisan, he said.

In Annapolis, he said, outnumbered Republicans must negotiate.

"If you're a bomb thrower, you won't be effective," Jenkins said.

Charles A. Jenkins


Date of birth: Dec. 18, 1962

Address: 5805 Winding Ridge Way, Frederick, Md.

Education: Bachelor's degree in Russian language from James Madison University in 1990

Occupation: Realtor with RE/MAX Results

Political affiliation: Republican

Political experience: Ran unsuccessfully for Frederick County Commission in 2002; won county commission seat in 2006; was appointed state delegate for Subdistrict 3B in January 2010.

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