Getting to know Wicomico County Council District 5 election candidates

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. – Two Republicans are facing off for the Wicomico County Council District 5 seat, AJ Angello and incumbent Joe Holloway.

“I’d love to be able to represent our people and help improve their lives,” Angello said.

“I think I’ve gained a lot of experience since I’ve been there you know it’s been an adventure,” Holloway.

For 16 years, Holloway served the people of Wicomico County in this position. He said he keeps coming back because he likes lending a hand to citizens and thinks he represents them well.

“One of the joys of this job is being able to help people, whether it’s somebody’s mailbox being torn down or whether their road needs improving you know there’s so many aspects to it, it’s a different thing every day,” Holloway.

Since being on the council, Holloway said he’s brought a common sense attitude toward running a government and feels he’s made a positive impact on those around him.

“I serve on the SWED committee which is very active in trying to bring businesses to Wicomico County, you know we pay a lot of attention to education you know how we have to fund that and make sure our children are well educated,” Holloway said.

But, Holloway’s challenger wants to make his mark as a Wicomico County Council member as well.

“I just think its time for a new voice to represent the people, I think in terms of something that I can offer obviously I’m young but I have that connection with the younger generation and really be able to represent our counties youth and our future,” Angello said.

Growing up in Wicomico County, Angello said he’s always been very involved. He went to Delmar High School, but now he’s a Student at Salisbury University and owns a gym.

“This community has been really good to me and I wanted to find a way to give back and you know it’s a great place, but I want to be able to make it an even better place than it already is,” Angello said.

Angello said if he’s elected for the District 5 seat he wants to bring the voice of the people to the table and has plans for what he would like to see.

“Definitely, supporting economic development here, creating jobs for people, supporting small businesses, especially with all the recent craziness with COVID,”  Angello said.

“I also want to support education funding, want to get some youth programs going really help the county youth improve opportunity for success,” Angello said.

Angello told 47ABC he also wants to back our agriculture community and our first responders. Adding, that as a personal trainer he’s been able to have good conversations and meet people of all different backgrounds.

Joe Holloway said his experience also includes serving on the airport commission, and being a business person has also helped him in this seat.

Holloway added if he is re-elected there are two projects on the table that need to be continued to look at broadband and sewer and water plans.

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