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The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland convened its full council meeting in Annapolis on Jan. 24. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown was the keynote speaker.

Brown (D) addressed a number of Southern Maryland initiatives and issues that the council membership has been interested in, including transportation, health care, regional infrastructure, veteran’s issues and education.

Brown announced new services offered by MVA for veterans. The services will help veterans better connect to job opportunities and access benefits and services.

“Providing these new services through the MVA is an important part of the commitment we make each and every day to improve the lives of the 30,000 active military and 460,000 veterans who call Maryland home,” said Brown, a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and the highest ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq.

“We are so honored to have Lt. Gov. Brown address the membership at our first meeting. His message about Southern Maryland’s priority initiatives was informative and inspiring, and helped to set the tone for what we plan to accomplish as a council this year,” said Charles County commissioners’ President Candice Quinn Kelly (D).

The council voted unanimously to approve the slate of officers and recognized the service of outgoing chairpeople St. Mary’s County Commissioner Todd Morgan (R) and Mary Lynn Stone, and outgoing executive board members Calvert County Commissioner Gerald Clark (R) and former Calvert Commissioner Wilson Parran.

Kelly will serve as chairwoman of the Executive Board.

She presented framed posters of Southern Maryland historic churches to retiring co-chairs and executive board members.