By Authority: Friends of Opel Jones, Evan Jones, Treasurer

The Issues


With over a decade of experience in higher education, Opel wants Howard County students, from Pre-K through 12th grade and beyond, to have the best educational experience imaginable. Whether going straight to college or directly into the military or workforce, Opel will strive to ensure that appropriate budgets are fully funded and disseminated in a timely manner to help our students thrive.


Additionally, Opel strongly believes it is in the best interest of all Howard County students, parents, and teachers for the Board of Education to parallel the current County Council districts. In other words, for the current seven-member board, each of the five County Council districts should have representation by one board member, and two more board members serving at-large.  Currently, the seven board members live in Districts 1, 4, and 5. None live in Districts 2 or 3, which represents about one-third of the high schools (and feeder schools) in Howard County.


Public Safety


The safety of District 2 residents is essential to the viability of keeping the Columbia area one of the top places to live in the United States!  Opel vows to work closely with the Howard County Professional Firefighters Association as well as the Howard County Police Officers’ Association to ensure that public safety remains an integral piece of our everyday lives.  In addition, Opel wishes to continue and enhance top-notch training of emergency medical technicians (EMTs), as well as assist with efforts to eradicate human trafficking in the district.

Community Vibrancy

Opel is committed to every one of his neighbors in the district, whether it be Oakland Mills, the Long Reach Village Center, the southern tip of Ellicott City, or the Route 1 corridor.  The sense of community in Howard County is something that should be modeled across the nation. Opel will work across boundaries to listen to issues and develop solutions that will only enhance our beautiful communities not only in District 2, but throughout Howard County. Working together, we will win together!

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)

at Bellows Spring Elementary School