Elevate Podcast

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. Saketh reviews his experience as a national star and how he prepared for the Scripps National Spelling Bee stage!

Thank you, as always, to the Common Kitchen for their hospitality!

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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Episode 58: With Delegate Courtney Watson

This week Tom sits down with special guest host Ainy Haider-Shah (of Episode 37 fame) to interview Delegate Courtney Watson.  They discuss Howard County, the vote for Speaker of the House, and how Howard County politics have changed since her father, Ed Cochran, was County Executive.

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Episode 57: With Delegate Jessica Feldmark

This week, Candace and Tom sit down with State Delegate Jessica Feldmark.  They talk about the lasting influence of Speaker Mike Busch, her front-page unemployment legislation, populism, and affordable housing.  You’ll also want to tune in for this week’s 3 things, when the Elevate Team takes on the Alabama abortion ban, education budget politics, and WJZ’s Mary Bubala.

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Episode 56: With Howard County Executive Calvin Ball

Howard County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball joins Candace and Tom on this show this week.  They talk budgets, bond ratings, and the importance of diversifying leadership in local government.

Dr. Ball also provides some insight about how he’s taken his experience as a certified mediator into the County Executive’s office.


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Episode 55: With Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary

This week Candace and Tom sit down with Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary to discuss the closing days of the Maryland General Assembly.  They review everything from Delegate Atterbeary’s fight with the NRA to why it is so hard to pass good legislation in Annapolis.

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Episode 54: With Roughly Speaking’s Mileah Kromer and Luke Broadwater

For their first “joint podcast”, Candace and Tom team up with the Baltimore Sun’s Roughly Speaking: Government Edition duo, Luke Broadwater and Mileah Kromer, to talk all things Annapolis.

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Episode 53: With DCACC Artistic Director Darin Atwater

This week, Candace and Tom sit down with the newly appointed artistic director of the Downtown Columbia Arts and Cultural Committee, Darin Atwater.  Darin is the founder of the Soulful Symphony, which will be the new “house orchestra” for Merriweather Post Pavilion.  Check out this episode to hear more about this groundbreaking partnership and how it will promote the arts across Howard County.

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Episode 52: With BOE Members Sabina Taj & Mavis Ellis

This week, Tom and Candace sit down with Howard County Board of Education members Sabina Taj and Mavis Ellis.  Both are history-makers in their own right, Ms. Taj being the first asian woman elected to the Board and Ms. Ellis the first African-American chairperson.  Tune in to hear about Black Lives Matter week in schools, diversity in leadership, and the budget-making process.

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Episode 51: With HoCo Police Chief Myers & Fire Chief Uhlhorn

In the second episode in their “History Makers” series, Tom and Candace sit down with Howard County Police Chief Lisa Myers and Fire Chief Christine Uhlhorn to discuss their vision and how they balance the revolutionary nature of their appointments with departments that rely on stability and predictability.

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Episode 50: With District 3 County Council Member Christiana Rigby

Tom and Candace sit down with Howard County Council Chair Christiana Mercer Rigby to discuss equity, inclusion, and her endorsement for President (hint: she agrees with the Council-member from District 2).

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Episode 49: With District 2 County Council Member Opel Jones

Tom and Candace sit down with newly elected County Council Member Opel Jones to discuss his first month in office, school redistricting, budget priorities, and what it looks like when everyone elected to the council is new.

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Episode 48: Candace and Tom’s Year in Review

This week, Candace and Tom got together for a very special brunch edition of the podcast to discuss the ups and downs of 2018.  From hate speech to norm shifting to finding common ground, this is a podcast with a little bit of everything.

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Episode 47: With Former Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler

This week, Tom and guest host Andrew Kanicki sit down with former Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler to discuss his fascinating seven months in office following the sudden death of his longtime friend and boss Kevin Kamenetz.  Mr. Mohler is one of the most respected people in Maryland politics and after listening to this episode, you’ll know why!  Thank you, again, to Lupa in Columbia, Maryland for hosting!

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