CENTREVILLE — Dan Worth filed his paperwork on Monday, July 27, to run as a candidate for the Centreville Town Council. He is a retired aerospace engineer who is used to solving tough problems and working collaboratively.
Born on an Army base in Arizona, Worth grew up in Dundalk. His father was a steelworker and his mother a substitute teacher. He attended public schools and was the first in his family to graduate from college. Before moving to Centreville and starting a family, Worth lived in Ellicott City and Columbia while working for the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in Silver Spring. In 1995, he began working for NASA and retired in 2017. He now works part-time for a NASA contractor, is a U.S. Census Enumerator and shops for Instacart to keep busy.
Worth is currently president of the Queen Anne’s Railroad Society, which runs the annual Festival of Trains each December. He has served on the town’s Planning Commission and on the county’s Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee, and was recently a part of the group which circulated a petition to increase the Town Council to five members.
While going door-to-door collecting 375 signatures on that petition, Worth said he heard many concerns from the citizens of the town. The overspending on the Commerce and Liberty Street infrastructure project topped the list by far, Worth said.
"Residents were also concerned about their property taxes and water bills, which was increased significantly once again. There was also a general sense that the residents and business owners were not listened to. Also, there was a feeling that the Town codes seem to be selectively enforced," Worth added.
What really motivated Worth to run for office, he said, "was the way the Town Council dragged its feet implementing the Town Council of Five." He said he was forced to file a lawsuit to ensure that there would be a vote to fill the two new seats this year.
If elected, Worth said he wants to make sure that the Council is more responsive to what its citizens want and find a way to keep taxes and water bills under control.
Worth said he is interested in hearing the views of Centreville residents and looks forward to meeting and talking with them when it becomes safe to go door-to-door campaigning. He may be reached by calling 410-490-3510 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.