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the U.S. Congress to ensure ocean health through electoral and legislative action.

Face to Face with Congressman-Elect Kratovil

Posted by: Mike Dunmyer

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Being a part of the Ocean Champions team has many rewards, including the great feeling you get from doing important work to help preserve the oceans, and the pleasure of meeting other ocean enthusiasts at OC events.  Another big perq is having the chance get to know our Champions in Congress, and finding that they are exceptional leaders, with integrity and a commitment to serve their country. Last Thursday, Dave Wilmot and I had the pleasure of sitting down with Maryland’s First District Congressman-Elect and his Chief of Staff Tim McCann.  The conversation ranged over a number of topics during the two hour meeting.  After some “get to know you” small talk, Mr. Kratovil asked for OC’s view on the Ocean Conservation community’s priorities, and what our own were for the next legislative session.  As we went through a short list of issues and strategies (can’t disclose them here - that’ll be content for another blog!), Mr. Kratovil asked a number of good questions and listened well - clearly this is a man who cares and wants to learn.  We also talked about some of the challenges he’s facing as he transitions into his new role while closing out a heavy workload in his former role (State’s Attorney for Queen Anne’s County).  We wrapped up by talking about some of the challenges facing the First District, and some potential solutions.

In the end, I came away very impressed.  Frank Kratovil cares about the environment and the oceans, and he truly seems to understand the needs of his constituents.  He is intelligent and ready to listen, and I believe he will govern with great integrity and the with best interests of Maryland’s First District at heart.

Date Posted: December 23, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

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