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Episode 75: With Delegate Eric Luedtke

If you want to be able to talk Maryland politics over the next six months, you’re going to need to know something about the Kirwan Commission and the “Blueprint for Maryland’s Future”. We invited Delegate Eric Luedtke on the show to explain some of the lesser known elements of the bill and how the state may pay for such an ambitious plan.

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Episode 74: Equity in Education

This was an ambitious show, Elevators. On the eve of Howard County’s historic vote on school redistricting, we pulled in experts from across the region to discuss what we talk about when we talk about equity in education:

Dana Goldstein, New York Times Magazine
Michelle Burris, The Century Foundation
Alisa Drake, Wilde Lake High School Student

We hope this show sets the debate for the years ahead.

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Episode 73: With Howard Hughes Regional President Greg Fitchitt

This week, Candace and Tom sat down with Howard Hughes Regional President for Columbia Greg Fitchitt, who was kind enough to sub in after an unforeseen scheduling mishap with our original guest, Dr. Richard Warren.

This is a podcast for future-scapers.

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Episode 72: With Lawrence Lanahan

“I wasn’t interested in ‘beat the odds’ stories. I wanted to write about the odds.” – Lawrence Lanahan

This podcast will make you think about where you live, how you live, and the manner in which other people live differently. In his book The Lines Between Us, Lawrence Lanahan examines the legal boundaries that separate us from one another through the lives of those he profiles. This story includes Columbia, but, as Lawrence describes, not as the happy landing spot that some may imagine. Don’t miss this one.

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Episode 71: With District 2 Howard County Council Member Opel Jones


This week, Candace and Tom sit down with District 2 County Council-member Opel Jones to discuss the boundary adjustment process, advertising school districts in real estate sales, the school surcharge tax, and working with stakeholders to design a “solution” instead of just passing legislation.

Thank you to our host, The Common Kitchen in Clarksville, MD

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Episode 70: With Busboys and Poets Founder Andy Shallal

“Food is bait.” – Andy Shallal

This week, Candace and Tom welcome Andy Shallal, the founder of Busboys and Poets, to Howard County. Busboys and Poets is described as “a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted – a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul – a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide.”

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Episode 69: With History-Makers C. Vernon Gray & Frank Turner

Pod is up! Howard County’s original history-makers C. Vernon Gray and Frank Turner join us on the podcast to discuss their experience as the first African-Americans representing Howard County on the County Council and in the House of Delegates. You’ll hear about their governing philosophy, Howard County’s evolving electorate, and advice for prospective candidates!

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Episode 68: With Former Education Secretary Dr. John B. King, Jr.


Howard County is in the midst of historic redistricting that will not only balance capacity, but also look to incorporate socio-economic balance amongst our schools. How will we respond? In 2016, Dr. John B. King, Jr. was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 10th United States Secretary of Education.

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Elevate Blog: Are You a Howard County Changemaker?

by Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Elevate Maryland

WHAT’S YOUR BIG IDEA TO SPARK SOCIAL CHANGE IN HOWARD COUNTY?

If you have one you can win up to $25k in prize money to bring it to life. The Horizon Foundation and United Way of Central Maryland want to hear YOUR innovative ideas to make Howard County better by September 16!

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Elevate Blog: On Racial Equity in 2019

By Mickey Gomez, Elevate Maryland

Growing up, what I learned about American history was – to put it kindly – sporadic. It depended on the teacher, on the grade, on the book, but inevitably we’d start the year doing a minute-by-minute reenactment of the Revolutionary War and end up sprinting through everything from 1940 onward.

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Episode 67: With Sheila Dixon

As goes Baltimore City, so goes the state of Maryland.  Sheila Dixon was the last mayor who experienced a decrease in violence during her term.  Tune into this episode of Elevate Maryland to hear her discuss how she took on city crime, what it means to “know city government”, and how to take a holistic approach to regional challenges.  You’ll even hear her identify the qualities she would like to see in the next mayor of Baltimore!

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Episode 66: With Just Up the Pike’s Dan Reed

This week, Candace and Tom interview Just Up the Pike’s Dan Reed about his advocacy for inclusive housing in Montgomery County.  They not only address affordable housing, but also the “missing middle” that normally is left out of discussions about housing.  This week’s three things include: 1) Howard County school redistricting, 2) the School Surcharge tax, and 3) Howard County for All!

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Episode 65: With Claire Bolden McGill & Jel McGill

In this special UK Edition of the podcast, Tom sits down with ex-expats Claire & Jel McGill, who lived in Howard County from 2013 to 2016.  During that time, Claire made a mark with her “UK Housewife in the USA” blog and charming personality.  We chat about their reflections on Howard County and the United States since they’ve moved back, Brexit, and the parallels we can find in US politics. Read More

Elevate Blog: August 6, 2019

A regular update on what we’re up to and what we’re thinking about

UPCOMING ELEVATE Podcasts:

Big Announcement! Mark your calendars for September 10th, when we will be having former Secretary of Education John King, Jr. on the show! John King, Jr. is currently the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college. King served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education. Read More

Episode 64: With HoCo Housing Commission CEO Peter Engel

Howard County, Maryland has an affordable housing deficit of 5,500 units.  According to our guest Howard County Housing Commission Executive Director Peter Engel, those men, women, and families are already living in Howard County and are either in substandard living conditions or over-exposed in their rent.  Mr. Engel has spent his career working to create housing solutions and his experience shines through in this episode.  Read More

Episode 63: With State Senator Dr. Clarence Lam

Jul 16, 2019

This week, Candace and Tom interview State Senator Dr. Clarence Lam about his legendary campaign work ethic, the Kirwan Commission, and his Op-Ed criticizing Governor Larry Hogan about his appointments to the University of Maryland Medical System Board. This week’s three things include: 1) Washington Post story on Glenelg High School hate speech/vandalism, 2) the Immigration Crisis, and … Read More

Episode 62: With Delegate Eric Ebersole and Saketh Sundar


Join Candace and Tom for this episode with Delegate Eric Ebersole. They discuss education funding, “community schools”, and the intersection of gambling and our local schools. You’ll also want to stick around for our special guest – Howard County’s National Spelling Bee Champion Saketh Sundar. Read More

Elevate Blog: June 27, 2019

A regular update on what we’re up to and what we’re thinking about

UPCOMING ELEVATE Podcasts:

Mark your calendars for Monday, July 1 at 6:00 PM at Clarksville Commons when we will have Delegate Eric Ebersole on the show!

And, a very special guest will be joining us – come meet Howard County’s own Saketh Sundar – one of the eight Scripps National Spelling Bee champions this year!

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Episode 61: With Senator Guy Guzzone

This week, State Senator Guy Guzzone joins Candace and Tom to discuss the Kirwan Commission, Democratic leadership in Annapolis, and public discourse. More than that, Senator Guzzone shares guiding principles that he uses to make decisions and govern his actions as a legislator. If you thought you knew Guy Guzzone, you’re probably wrong (or at least incomplete).

Thank you to the Common Kitchen for hosting!

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Episode 60: With Delegate Terri Hill

This week, Candace and Tom sit down with State Delegate Terri Hill.  They talk about how her background as a physician informs her work as a legislator, particularly with regard to youth sports (and maybe even birds).  For this week’s 3 things, the Elevate Team honors Juneteeth, celebrates Howard County Pride, and highlights the 5,000 unit deficit in affordable housing.

Thank you for our good friends at The Common Kitchen for their continued support as hosts for the show!

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Episode 59: With Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr.

Special guest host Ainy Haider-Shah joins Tom again for this interview with Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr., also known as “Johnny O”. They discuss Baltimore County’s budget woes, transparency through technology, and the importance of being accessible to the public (down to what you let people call you).

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