Mike Shay for '18 - Maryland House of Delegates, District 30B

Mike in the news!

Over the years Mike has been featured dozens of local and national articles on a variety of topics. Below are a handful of excerpts from linked articles over the years that give you an idea of some of the issues and events from our community that Mike has been a part of.

Mike Shay: Voters have clear choice in District 30B
The Capital March 29, 2018

Many voters don’t vote because they have come to believe all politicians are alike. In the race to be your next state delegate for District 30B, that belief is unfounded. There is a stark contrast between the candidates.

The Republican incumbent, Del. Seth Howard, is profiled by a voting record that does not represent the interests of the citizens of our district or of Maryland. For example, he has voted against:

  • Opioid-associated disease prevention and outreach programs.
  • A bill that prohibited wage discrimination based on sex or gender identity, and legislation to establish an equal pay commission.
  • A prohibition on the possession of bump stocks, which enable semiautomatic rifles to fire faster. He has voted for reduced penalties, declaring he is a bump stock owner himself.
  • A prohibition on the carrying of firearms on Maryland college and university campuses.
  • Committing the state to further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and setting up a state commission on climate change.
  • Increased funding for overcrowded schools.

In addition to these votes, in December a judgment was ordered by the county Circuit Court in favor of the comptroller of Maryland and against Mr. Howard and his business, Broadleaf Tobacco and Smoke Shop, for nonpayment of over $14,000 in state taxes. This is clearly incompatible with our expectations for someone sitting on the Business Regulation Subcommittee of the Economic Matters Committee in the House.

Currently we have no strong voice supporting fair and just policies affecting women, minorities and immigrants, and regarding opioid treatment and crime prevention, sound environmental and energy programs, and smart education, labor and transportation initiatives. Moreover, we have a disappointing failure to take responsibility as a citizen, a business owner and representative of the people to pay taxes.

My name is Mike Shay and I have lived in southern Anne Arundel County, in our district, for over 35 years. I have a degree in business management, and have started and successfully operated several businesses and community nonprofit organizations.

As south county has grown over the last several decades, I have been a community leader and a committed advocate for citizens, local business, education, health care, the environment and community radio.

As a founding member of South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development, I have organized efforts to save what is now Franklin Point State Park and adjoining lands called Turtle Run from proposed inappropriate and illegal development. We stopped proposed introduction of big-box shopping and supported our local independent businesses in growing to meet the needs of our community.

Other accomplishments have been in the critical areas of education, health care and local media. I was part of leadership that spearheaded a successful campaign against a plan to increase class size in south county schools by up to 120 percent of capacity. I was part of the leadership in the adoption of a county law requiring strict and safe standards for the designation of nursing homes in line with state law.

I am also proud to bring from concept to 10 years of successful broadcasting the first Federal Communications Commission-licensed low-power radio station ever owned and operated by an environmental organization.

The incumbent’s views on equality, gun control, drug addiction and the environment and growth are a radical departure from my views and those of the majority of voters. Citizens of south county — including Mayo, Edgewater and parts of Riva — have a distinct choice between candidates when electing our next delegate to the General Assembly this November.

I have a proven track record of leadership and desire to work with others on critical issues to improve the lives of all the citizens of the southern part of Anne Arundel County. For more information, and how you can help, visit ElectMikeShay.com

I ask for your vote to represent District 30B in our state legislature.


Mike Shay is a Democratic candidate for House of Delegates in District 30B.

 

Anne Arundel County purchases Turtle Run property for $2.6 million
Capital Gazette article by Chase Cook, E.B. Furgurson III

Anne Arundel County has bought the Churchton property pegged for a development known as Turtle Run at Deep Cove for $2.6 million — a victory for environmentalists and the state’s Critical Area Law...

SACReD vice president Mike Shay was glad to see the deal done. “This is very important wild woodland nearly adjacent to Franklin Point State Park,” Shay said. Franklin Point is a 477-acre park SACReD saved from a planned development 20 years ago. “Having the contiguous natural area is very important to local water quality and important to save.”...

 

Franklin Point’s beauty plain as the eye can see
Bay Journal Article By T.F. Sayles on June 19, 2017

...In the mid-1990s, seven or eight years after Neitzey closed the airport, these hundreds of acres of mostly wooded land between the Bayside communities of Churchton and Shadyside, MD, appeared to be headed for a very different future. A developer had purchased the land and was planning to build around 300 homes there. But a citizen’s group called SACReD — South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development — wasn’t having it. The group not only stopped the development, but also fought off a $50 million defamation lawsuit filed by the developer, Washington real estate magnate Dominic Antonelli.

“It was a really, really tough citizen effort … but it was worth it,” said Mike Shay of Shady Side, one of SACReD’s founders. “Through public support, public initiative and the public’s help with the maintenance, we have a park that was saved by the citizens and is now owned and operated by the citizens.”...

 

Critical Area development appeal has yet to hear merits
The Capital article by E.B. Furguson, April 10, 2017

Next up was the standing for South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development, better known as SACReD. After over an hour of questioning, the Wednesday session was over.

And SACReD's representative, Vice President Michael Shay, took to the witness lectern again Thursday. After another 45 minutes of testimony, he was done and the first of seven individual protestants was questioned for over an hour before the session ended.

When all the standing questions are settled, the merits will finally be heard.

 

End of the big-box supermarket saga nears
The Capital article by E.B. Furguson, September 7, 2010

The local activist organization that organized opposition to the Safeway store because of its size and potential negative impact on the still smallish south county community rose to support the store. And it still backs the store as an example of a community-supported local business.

"This is an historic occasion. Our community has come full circle, successfully standing up against inappropriate development by a billion-dollar corporation, then helping to create sustainable growth appropriate to the community," said Mike Shay, a spokesman for the South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development. He helped lead the organization's fight to stop Safeway from building its store across from the FoodRite at routes 256 and 258.

"We provided the grass-roots community leadership that successfully insisted on implementation of the local planning vision and responsible development, against all odds. … It should serve as an inspiration for communities who want control over growth and their quality of life."

 

Franklin Point: Opening soon
The Capital article by E.B. Furgurson, February 11, 2015

Nearly 20 years ago, south county residents stopped a 156-home development from gobbling up 477 acres of nearly pristine wooded land off Deep Creek and its marshy confluence with the Chesapeake Bay.

Now Franklin Point State Park is nudging closer to opening up to the public for the first time since the Maryland Department of Natural Resources eventually acquired the property from the stymied developer in 1999.

It has taken cooperation between activists, the Maryland Park Service and West/Rhode Riverkeeper to get it done.

"This was saved to stay a natural area," said Mike Shay, one of the residents who organized South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development. "SACReD was founded to save this property.

 

Capital Top Stories
The Capital written by Erin Cox August 13, 2010
 
"People come down here to Shady Side and say, 'Oh, it's so beautiful here,' " Shay said. "I like to say, 'It's not by accident. It's by hard work.' "
Shay, 59, considers himself at the forefront of that work, and plans to use his record as a community organizer and environmental activist to catapult himself to the county's top elected office...

On a searing July afternoon, Mike Shay fed the last half of his peanut butter sandwich to the dozen chickens that roam his lawn, backed his cherry red Prius from under the maple tress, and launched on a tour of his world.

"People come down here to Shady Side and say, 'Oh, it's so beautiful here,' " Shay said. "I like to say, 'It's not by accident. It's by hard work.' "
Shay, 59, considers himself at the forefront of that work, and plans to use his record as a community organizer and environmental activist to catapult himself to the county's top elected office...

 

Sending Out an SOS To Protect Waterways
Washington Post written by Shearon Roberts, August 10, 2006

When the county steps in to repair damage done by improper development, said Mike Shay, vice president of South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development, "that's when you're already behind the curve on a solution. Our community has been upfront on fighting inappropriate projects.  "Shay, who is running for the District 33B House of Delegates seat that represents parts of southern Anne Arundel, said residents have not only had to fight developers but also their own representatives."I think citizens are begging for leadership to do better," Shay said.

 

WRYR carves niche on airwaves Grass-roots station moves up in `ultra-local' market
Baltimore Sun written by Kathy Bergren Smith February 10, 2003|

…”It is definitely starting to catch on," said founder Mike Shay, who saw the station as a way for the grass-roots environmental group South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development (SACReD) to make its voice heard within the Deale-Churchton community. "We saw a need to have a place to discuss the issues affecting our community at length."

WRYR went on the air last February, serving coastal areas around the county and parts of the Eastern Shore. It is one of 100 rural community radio stations that was licensed by the Federal Communications Commission last year.
"I am just so proud that our community has chosen to participate in this project," Shay said.

The concept of broadcasting the many voices of communities reached by the 100-watt "power of a light bulb" station has paid off for SACReD, as well.

Shay points out that the station has brought the communities on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay together to discuss environmental and development issues…

 

Mike Shay: Voters have clear choice in District 30B
The Capital March 29, 2018

Many voters don’t vote because they have come to believe all politicians are alike. In the race to be your next state delegate for District 30B, that belief is unfounded. There is a stark contrast between the candidates.

The Republican incumbent, Del. Seth Howard, is profiled by a voting record that does not represent the interests of the citizens of our district or of Maryland. For example, he has voted against:

  • Opioid-associated disease prevention and outreach programs.
  • A bill that prohibited wage discrimination based on sex or gender identity, and legislation to establish an equal pay commission.
  • A prohibition on the possession of bump stocks, which enable semiautomatic rifles to fire faster. He has voted for reduced penalties, declaring he is a bump stock owner himself.
  • A prohibition on the carrying of firearms on Maryland college and university campuses.
  • Committing the state to further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and setting up a state commission on climate change.
  • Increased funding for overcrowded schools.

In addition to these votes, in December a judgment was ordered by the county Circuit Court in favor of the comptroller of Maryland and against Mr. Howard and his business, Broadleaf Tobacco and Smoke Shop, for nonpayment of over $14,000 in state taxes. This is clearly incompatible with our expectations for someone sitting on the Business Regulation Subcommittee of the Economic Matters Committee in the House.

Currently we have no strong voice supporting fair and just policies affecting women, minorities and immigrants, and regarding opioid treatment and crime prevention, sound environmental and energy programs, and smart education, labor and transportation initiatives. Moreover, we have a disappointing failure to take responsibility as a citizen, a business owner and representative of the people to pay taxes.

My name is Mike Shay and I have lived in southern Anne Arundel County, in our district, for over 35 years. I have a degree in business management, and have started and successfully operated several businesses and community nonprofit organizations.

As south county has grown over the last several decades, I have been a community leader and a committed advocate for citizens, local business, education, health care, the environment and community radio.

As a founding member of South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development, I have organized efforts to save what is now Franklin Point State Park and adjoining lands called Turtle Run from proposed inappropriate and illegal development. We stopped proposed introduction of big-box shopping and supported our local independent businesses in growing to meet the needs of our community.

Other accomplishments have been in the critical areas of education, health care and local media. I was part of leadership that spearheaded a successful campaign against a plan to increase class size in south county schools by up to 120 percent of capacity. I was part of the leadership in the adoption of a county law requiring strict and safe standards for the designation of nursing homes in line with state law.

I am also proud to bring from concept to 10 years of successful broadcasting the first Federal Communications Commission-licensed low-power radio station ever owned and operated by an environmental organization.

The incumbent’s views on equality, gun control, drug addiction and the environment and growth are a radical departure from my views and those of the majority of voters. Citizens of south county — including Mayo, Edgewater and parts of Riva — have a distinct choice between candidates when electing our next delegate to the General Assembly this November.

I have a proven track record of leadership and desire to work with others on critical issues to improve the lives of all the citizens of the southern part of Anne Arundel County. For more information, and how you can help, visit ElectMikeShay.com

I ask for your vote to represent District 30B in our state legislature.


Mike Shay is a Democratic candidate for House of Delegates in District 30B.

 

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