By Cara Williams,
Special to the AFRO
Sherman Hardy, 38, says he has always been the youngest in the boardroom and many of the rooms he has entered to make major decisions. The Air Force veteran, originally from Miami, Fla., is running for Prince George’s County executive because “I care about my county and how it is governed,” he said.
Hardy has been active in politics since 2018 and is a real-estate agent that lives in Clinton, Md.
He worked with Maryland State Delegate Diana Fennell, (D-MD-47) and on several local, federal, and state committees in Prince George’s County. Hardy earned his bachelor of arts degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University (AMU), where he also received an advanced certificate in large multi-scale artificial disasters.
With his military background, Hardy has helped veterans find affordable housing and established police reform in the county by introducing police body-worn cameras.
Hardy’s primary initiative is to create safe and livable communities by reducing crime and restoring the environment.
“My administration will generate jobs with livable wages,” Hardy said.
“We have suffered in silence for too long with lack of resources, food apartheid, environmental racism, and systematic oppression,” he continued.
Hardy says he wants to make the government work for the people if elected to the county executive.
He visions an expansion of the transit system along with making it fare-free to the community.
To help with crime reduction, he will introduce public service aides. These aides will respond to all non-violent and in-progress calls to allow officers to respond more efficiently to the high-level emergency calls for service.
Hardy wants to accommodate commercial development companies to invest in Prince George’s County for economic reform.
This will include rebuilding the communities with housing disparities, bolstering the entertainment sector, and encouraging new business owners to open their businesses in the county.
This effort will enable Prince Georgians to live, work, and enjoy life in their county versus traveling outside of Prince George’s County.
Hardy has a robust plan to forge the government with the people. He wants the government to be the proverbial open book to the people.
“I want to bring back trust and transparency to Prince George’s County,” Hardy said.
Hardy wants to protect the consumers and the workers of Prince George’s County from fiscal damages dealing with fair wages, work hours, and fraud. To do that, he will introduce an inspector general position.
“When it comes down to government, I want to create an inspector general to investigate County government independently and autonomously,” Hardy said.
Hardy draws his experience from working with FEMA headquarters at the National Integration Center, assisting various agencies on preparedness methods. He is also a member of several organizations including Prince George’s County Young Democrats, Prince George’s County Education Roundtable, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Progressive Maryland.
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