In our occasional series Focus on the Counties, we've been talking with Maryland county executives about how they're addressing the needs and concerns of the region's residents. In today's program, Tom is joined in the studio by Anne Arundel County Executive Steven R. Schuh.
Schuh was sworn in as Anne Arundel's 9th County Executive on December 1, 2014, after defeating incumbent Laura Neuman in the Republican primary and defeating former three-term Sheriff George Johnson in the General Election.
The 55-year-old Baltimore native and long-time Anne Arundel County resident holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from Dartmouth College. Schuh holds two Master's degrees – a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Education from Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University, respectively. He is the father of two college-age children.
Before his election as County Executive, Schuh served two terms in the Maryland General Assembly as the Republican representative of District 31, which includes Pasadena, and parts of Glen Burnie and Brooklyn Park.
In the Assembly, Schuh was a member of the Economic Matters Committee, and was elected by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Anne Arundel County Delegation to the House of Delegates.
County Executive Schuh has been in business for nearly three decades, and the private equity firm he launched, called Schuh Advisory, now employs more than 400 people in the region. He also has extensive experience working for financial investment and services companies.
Schuh campaigned for the County Executive job on a 5-point platform of economic, social and environmental reforms, including: cutting taxes; accelerating school construction and building smaller neighborhood schools; improving public safety systems; reforming county-government agencies to make them more responsive to residents; and cleaning up the county's waterways.
Tom talks with County Executive Steve Schuh about how well he's been able to meet those goals.