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Benoit Won't Run For Congress

The Anne Arundel County Council member says he will not run for the House of Representatives.

County Councilman Jamie Benoit (D-4th District) announced that he will not run for Congress, citing a desire to continue working on behalf of Anne Arundel County. 

The Crownsville resident, who represents Odenton and Gambrills on the county council, had expressed an interest in pursuing the Democratic nomination for the newly drawn 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. But he said Monday night that he will instead serve out the remaining two years on his council term.

“Given the uncertainty and turmoil that currently exists in the county, I know I can best serve Anne Arundel County by remaining on the Council,” he said in a press release. “Now more than ever, our community needs stability and experienced leadership. So I am staying put.”

Benoit said he’d like to work toward helping the county capitalize on the growth at Fort Meade, while strengthening schools and find ways to boost the local economy.

Benoit spent about a month exploring a Congressional run. He eyed the seat currently held by Donna Edwards, a Democrat from Fort Washington. The Congressional 4th District was redrawn recently to include portions of Anne Arundel County.

An Arundel High graduate and former Army officer, Benoit was first elected to the County Council in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010.

"I look forward to working with the Council, business and civic leaders, and members of our community as I re-dedicate myself to working for the good of our County,” he said.

In a conversation with Patch last month, Benoit also indicated that family matters would play a role in his decision. He said his wife, Kari, supported his interest in a Congressional run, but he noted that she is expecting their third child. Benoit also said he would have to take into account the time commitment of serving in Washington, as he works as the CEO of Federal Data Systems, an IT company.

Thea Warner December 06, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Several years ago, 200+ children from Piney Orchard were redistricted out of their neighborhood school (Piney Orchard ES) because it was overcrowded. I don't think that I was the only one who felt Mr. Benoit could have gone to bat for these residents, but he did not. Now they are building a large addition on Piney Orchard ES. I wonder if that is a result of one of the land deals mentioned in the comments above?
Thea Warner December 07, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Yes - it is interesting that his comment (was the first one on the list) is gone...
Marilyn December 07, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Thea: You know that the School Board makes decisions about redistricting not the County Council. And why didn't you mention that he ushered a substantial renovation of Four Seasons Elementary where our kids go to school now through the County budget? I wouldn't say he failed anyone. Some of the comment also ignore the larger sentiment in the County that Jamie Benoit is without question the most capable person serving in County government. He is a master of budget matters and is frequently the broker of bi-partisan compromise in the County. He's an all-star so I can see why the press shields him from wacky comments that have no basis in truth.
Thea Warner December 07, 2011 at 06:12 PM
Marilyn: I think we will have to agree to disagree on Mr. Benoit's capabilities as a County Councilman. As for the renovations at Four Seasons ES, that should have happened long ago ( long before the Piney Orchard residents were ever redisctricted there - for the sake of the Four Seasons residents) as they make for a poor learning environment for most children.
Tim Lemke (Editor) December 07, 2011 at 06:21 PM
I am not aware of any comments submitted by someone named Trish. I also have not deleted any comments in this thread. If a comment was deleted, it was not done by me or anyone with Patch. People are free to write anything they wish in this space provided that it does not violate our terms of use.

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