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John Olszewski Jr.

Running for Baltimore County Executive
Election: Nov. 6, 2018

John “Johnny ” Olszewski, Jr. is a lifelong Baltimore County resident who believes in the power of public service and giving back to a community that has done so much for him. He is a graduate of Sparrows Point High School, earned his undergraduate degree from Goucher College, and a master’s degree from The George Washington University. Last December, John earned his PhD in Public Policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

In 2006, John was elected at age 23 and re-elected four years later as the top vote getter to the Maryland House of Delegates from legislative district 6, a position he held for nearly nine years. John served as the Chairman of the Baltimore County House Delegation and was youngest person ever elected to that position. In that capacity, he helped lead unprecedented progress for the County in areas such as economic development and school board reform. As a staunch advocate of working families, John led the charge on earned sick leave, raising the minimum wage and offered a critical vote in securing Marriage Equality in the State of Maryland.

John lead Baltimore County’s House Delegation and he served on the House Economic Matters Committee, Maryland’s P-20 Leadership Council, the Maryland Business Climate Workgroup and as Chair of the Banking, Economic Development, Science, and Technology subcommittee. John is a former student member of the Baltimore County Board of Education, a 2010 graduate of Leadership Baltimore County and was recognized as one of the Daily Record’s “Top 20 in their 20’s” in 2012.

He is an active philanthropic and economic development leader, and serves as a member of the Business Network for Offshore Wind board as well as President of the Board of the Community College of Baltimore County’s Dundalk Foundation. Johnny is currently working in the private sector at SAS Institute, where he partners with governments to help prevent fraud, enhance public safety, improve program performance and enable greater transparency. John lives in Dundalk with his wife Marisa and their daughter Daria. The Olszewski family is active in their church as members of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church and maintain strong ties as volunteers in their community and across Baltimore County.