Let me say from the outset – I am not a career politician. The last time I ran for elected office was for Student Government President in high school. While I lost that election, I am running for the Columbia Association Board from Hickory Ridge Village for much the same reason as that idealistic teenager. Our elected town officials should not be the same people that get elected over and over again just because they are the only ones who stand for election. Our leaders should be people who are engaged with the community, and are willing to bring that engagement into the decisions made by the CA Board.

Check out my platform. That is one of the commitments I make – to increase the opportunities for citizen engagement with the Columbia Association Board so that decisions we make reflect the best minds of our well-educated populace. I hope to begin that process by engaging the community via social media. Whether you support me or not, like my Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter, so you can be involved in the conversation.

The other items in my platform are issues that are dear to my heart: effective planning; expanding our participation with nature, art, and culture; increasing the ability of the Columbia Association to meet the needs of our community by partnering with nonprofit organizations.

I sure don’t have all the answers, but I’m confident that an engaged citizenry will assure that we make the best decisions. My life’s work in nonprofit organizations has been all about collaborating with others in service to the greater good. Please join me to sustain and grow our city and make it the best that it can be. Let me hear how I can help. And please vote for me on April 26th.

Harry Schwarz


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Harry Schwarz

Nicknamed “The Professor” by his colleagues, Harry is a native Marylander who moved to Columbia in 2001. Harry’s wife, Cathy, is a Columbia acupuncturist and the family includes two college-age children, a dog and a cat. Harry is a partner with BearsolutionsLLC, assisting charter school authorizers to provide effective financial oversight. He is underemployed at this time and welcomes conversation about how he might help you.

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