Trudy McFall, founder of a local affordable housing provider, shakes hands with Sandy Smolnicky from Annapolis during a campaign reception at Harry Browne's last night.
Ms. McFall formally announced her intentions to run for mayor of Annapolis during the event.
Local activist and housing executive Trudy McFall announced her intention to run for mayor of Annapolis in front of nearly 100 supporters during a reception last night in a State Circle restaurant.
is ready for change, a new way of doing things," Ms. McFall
said during her
event at Harry Browne's restaurant.
"I am determined to win this."
The long-time housing executive, who worked for the state and federal government for 35 years, was president of the board of commissioners for the Annapolis
Housing Authority from 2002 to 2007.
Ms. McFall, 65, said she has been planning a bid for mayor for several years.
has lived in Annapolis
for 28 years and currently resides in West Annapolis.
She is the founder of a nonprofit affordable housing provider located on Sixth Street in Eastport.
spent 14 years managing federal and regional housing agencies and another 13 years as the director for the Community Development Agency
in the state Department of Housing and Community Development
She founded the nonprofit affordable housing provider Homes for America in 1994 and has since grown the Sixth Street company into one of the country's largest businesses of its kind.
One of her
priorities as mayor would be to continue to build public-private partnerships that allow public housing residents to become homeowners, she
Ms. McFall said she works part time as chairman of Homes for America's board of directors but would step down if elected mayor.
In light of several proposals to restructure the city government, Ms. McFall said she would also bring on a professional manager or administrator to oversee day-to-day operations of the city.
supports legislation currently in front of the City Council that would create a city manager to handle city operations.
If the bills failed, she
would empower the current City Administrator position to perform management duties.
Controlling growth and development also is one of her
The latest Comprehensive Plan for the city calls for more density in the West Annapolis
corridor and other portions of the city.
The Market House and crime were her
other priorities, she
recently founded a local non-profit advocacy group called Citizens For a Better Annapolis
It published a study that was critical of the city's public safety efforts as violence was exploding in many of the downtrodden neighborhoods.
has raised over $56,000, nearly twice as much money for her
campaign as other potential candidates, according to finance reports filed July.
Some have been critical of some of her
campaign's donors, many of whom live or are based outside of Annapolis
"I have a lot of respect for Trudy
But I have to see who else is running," he
said yesterday at the reception.