November 2016

I don't consider myself as a competitive person, but truth be told, I prefer to win. During the last County Commissioner Primary election the candidate from my district that I voted for did not win. That didn't make me happy, but that's life! I have lived enough years on this planet to know that things don't always go my way. Not only did my candidate not win, but he didn't even win my district! If he had won my district and still didn't win over all, the loss would have stung even more!

I think that's what spurred the Straw Poll that is all the buzz in Queen Anne's County right now. Three of our sitting Commissioners did not win their district during the primary but still won over all. I've heard conjecture that somehow this poll is being pushed by developers. While everyone is welcome to their opinion, I haven't found anything to back up that statement even as the administrator for Business Queen Anne's. Maybe I'm just not in the inner circle.

I am surprised that some Commissioners and the head of the Republican Central Committee were against the Straw Poll. Why would you be against asking citizens what they want? There's no binding decision to be had from the poll. I heard one County Commissioner state that he and two other Commissioners have already decided they will not consider changing the way our Commissioners are voted in no matter what they poll results show. Really? (I have not verified that statement with the other two Commissioners.) He expressed that one Commissioner is waiting to see the results and of course, there is one Commissioner that would like the system to change.

I do want to point out that if the voting system ever changes, and we only vote for our district and the Commissioner at Large, the Commissioners from the other districts (ones we have not been given a chance to vote for) will still be able to vote on issues that affect our district.

With all that said, my real thought on this issue is this; there's no way there will be an overwhelming majority of our County that will vote either way on Question A. Do you know why? Because if voter turnout in Queen Anne's County mimics what it was in the past, we won't be able to know what most of the County wants. Or maybe what we will learn is that most don't care. Do you realize that in 2014 there were approximately 33,000 registered voters and only 9,533 voted in the primary? And only a fraction of those voters voted on the Commissioners! Honestly, if a larger percentage of our County turned out to vote in the Primary with the system we currently have in place, who knows who would have won!

To me what is really important is to get out and vote! Vote on the Straw Poll question! (Either way. Yes or No. Just vote!) Of course, while you're there, might as well vote for the President and everyone and everything else on the ballot too. This is your chance to be heard! But brace yourself. Someone is not going to have the votes go their way. 

Sandra Early
BQA Administrator
So, you've heard what the administrator thinks. Here are some more statements heard about this topic...

"All County Commissioners are responsible for the entire County so they should be voted in by the entire County."

"Queen Anne's County is LUCKY to have both Steve Wilson and Jim Moran serving in our leadership, both are involved, both care, and both are willing to work together to get the peoples work done even on things they fundamentally disagree on.  Heck, I'd vote for a 2 commissioner system if we had just these two."

"District only voting encourages laziness in the candidates."

"The leading opposition to our effort are 2 commissioner's who spent OVER $187,000 on their campaign. These same 2 commissioners didn't even win the popular vote in their own district. Do you think this is a coincidence? Do you really think the average citizen of QAC could run a competitive campaign against someone who's spending that kind of money, especially when you can not possibly walk the entire County?"

"How is having less of a voice more "equal?""


The BQA board has decided to wait until after the holidays and elections to have their Membership Meeting. Look for more info in the Spring!

BQA keeps you INFORMED on issues facing economic development, jobs and opportunities right here IN QAC, so the 86% of County residents who spend too much time commuting out of the County and across the bridge every day can actually "LIVE, WORK & PLAY" right here in QAC!! 

If you know a business that would be a great asset as a member, please contact our Membership Chair, Jack Ashley at

You can also contact for a copy of the following application!

BUSINESS Queen Anne's

A Coalition for Economic Development and Responsible Government

The mission of BUSINESS Queen Anne's is to actively advocate sound economic growth; review all proposed state and local legislation and regulations; provide an objective assessment of proposed development in Queen Anne's County and its incorporated towns; endorse and support countywide growth that is well managed and consistent with adopted state and local planning and regulatory guidelines, comprehensive plans, and state and local initiatives; create positive and "business friendly" attitudes on the part of Queen Anne's County elected and appointed officials; and support business activity that promotes and encourages a vibrant economy, development of an adequate labor pool, a fiscally responsible and accountable county government, and a continued unique quality of life in Queen Anne's County.

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In This Issue

Your BQA Board!
Steve Donovan, President
Title One & Associates, Inc.
Nick Deoudes
Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc.
Mike Dahle

Bob Wilson
Mears Point Marina
Gary Hofmann
QAC Sheriff's Department

George O'Donnell
Jack Ashley

Barry Waterman
Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty
Sandra Early 

BUSINESS Queen Anne's would like to invite all members (and even member guests!) to attend our monthly board meetings typically held the last Thursday of the month at Mear's Point Marina. (Please contact the office at to verify)

Occasionally, we have County reps visit and give us updates. At the last board meeting it was decided that the next time we have speakers at the board meetings we will give our members ample notice in case they would like to attend...we want you to be in the know!

If you have a speaker that you would like to connect with and you think that Business Queen Anne's could help make that happen, please let us know.

County Commissioner's Meeting

Second and Fourth

Tuesday of the month!

Click here for published agendas!

107 N. Liberty Street
Centreville, MD 21617
Planning Commission Meetings
160 Coursevall Drive
Centreville, MD 21617
(Same link above takes you to agendas for the Planning Commission too.) 

Visit the County's New Website to sign up for notices!


BQA wants you to get involved!


Become a member! 

Join the board! 


We are also looking for members to sign up to attend Commissioner's Meetings and/or Planning Commission Meetings!


If you are interested, please contact Administrator, Sandra Early at 



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