Mike Shay - County Executive
Mike Shay has lived in Anne Arundel County for more than 25 years. After earning a B.S. degree in business management from California State University at Long Beach, he combined business expertise with his skill as a carpenter and builder to launch his own small construction company. As an independent businessman in the southern part of the county for more than two decades, Mike has learned firsthand the importance of balancing a healthy business environment with the critical need to protect the areas abundant natural resources.
Years ago, he concluded the way to achieve this balance was to ensure that all voices on the myriad issues facing the county could be heard the small business owners who provide needed goods and services to residents, as well as the many citizens concerned about protecting the regions environment. To accomplish this, in the early 1980s, Mike joined a group of other local business owners as founding members of an organization that later became the Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce, now a growing regional organization with members from Edgewater and Riva to the Calvert County line.
A few years later, to help ensure a public voice for those concerned about the areas natural resources, Mike was instrumental in the creation of a South County citizens organization ,whose goals include protection of the Chesapeake Bays water quality and wildlife habitats, wetlands preservation and restoration, and community involvement in development, environment, and facility decision-making.
In the area of education, Mike successfully led a battle against a county plan to increase class size in South County schools to 120 percent of capacity. More recently, he brought to the attention of the County Council the presence of advertising inappropriate for children that was located in South County bus stop shelters on school and library property. At Mikes request, the offensive material was removed.
Mike is committed to charting a new course for Anne Arundel County to ensure the interests of its citizens are heard over the desires of developers. He believes it is time for a county government that will provide the basic services that citizens expect in order to maintain an enviable quality of life here in Anne Arundel County.