CUMBERLAND — Jake Shade, the legislative director to Delegates LeRoy Myers and Andrew Serafini in the Maryland House of Delegates, has filed his candidacy for Allegany County commissioner as a Republican.
“I have decided to run for Allegany County commissioner because I can help address the problems that are hurting our community. I have the experience to work with both community and business leaders to get things accomplished and can bring a fresh perspective to the problems we face and will face in the coming years,” Shade said.
The two major issues Shade sees facing the county:
“Economic development and growth is by far the biggest issue for our county. All of our other problems are related to lack of economic opportunities in Allegany County. We need to do a better job of highlighting what Allegany County can offer. Things like low housing and living costs, low crime rates, little traffic, short commutes, our natural beauty, the friendliness of our community and our proximity to major cities. Our economic development team needs to be more aggressive in promoting ourselves to companies focusing on biotech, cyber-security and heavy manufacturing companies. Our platform has real ideas and measurable goals.”
The second primary issue is Allegany County’s budget.
“We need to take immediate steps to ensure that we are on firm financial ground. Currently, we rely too much on state and federal aid to balance our budget. As the federal government cuts spending so does the state. This means Allegany County will see a reduction of the money we receive. Moving forward we need to create a budget that is less reliant on state and federal aid so that when more cuts inevitably come we will be prepared.”
Jake’s full platform is available on his campaign website, www.JakeShade.com.
Shade is a lifelong resident of Cumberland and is a graduate from Allegany High School and the University of Maryland-College Park. He is a member of the Allegany County Republican Central Committee and Queen City Lodge 131.