Thank you for visiting the District 5 web page. This page includes information concerning events of major importance in District 5. You may also share your concerns and suggestions.

Unless listed below, to ensure your concern is properly handled, please direct it to my assistant, Karen Knight, or my District Aide, Cindy Skalny. We can often help facilitate having your questions or concerns answered by the appropriate government officials.

Some issues NOT handled by our office are:

  • All matters related to the public schools are governed by the elected Board of Education which oversees the Howard County Public School System as authorized by the state Department of Education. Issues and concerns related to the school system should be directed by email to April Harrison or the HCPSS office at (410) 313-7194.
  • Many roadways in the county are state or federal roadways. If you're unsure, feel free to contact us. If you know a roadway of concern is state or federal, those issues should be directed to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) by email to Andrew Radcliffe, SHA District Engineer, District 7, or by phone at (301) 624-8102.  
  • Because many zoning matters may end up in front of the County Council as a Zoning Board case, council members are prohibited from having substantive discussions with the public about specific projects or properties. Concerns related to zoning should be directed by email to Ashley Aguilar, Zoning Administrator, or by phone at (410) 313-2395.


District 5 covers approximately 50% of the land area of Howard County. It includes areas such as Highland, Woodbine, Glenwood, Mt. Airy, Woodstock, Cooksville, West Friendship, Dayton, Glenelg and parts of Ellicott City, Fulton, Clarksville and Sykesville.

The County Council serves as the legislative branch of county government. Our office also handles county-related issues and concerns of residents and businesses in the district such as public works, county roads, zoning, public safety, recreation and parks, permitting and the health department.

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