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Ending the “one-party system” in Charles County is Millie Havrilla’s reason, she said, for running for the Republican Central Committee.

Havrilla, who ran for the Charles County Board of Education many years ago, has lived in La Plata since 1959. She is a graduate of La Plata High School.

“I’m just very upset,” Havrilla said. “We basically have a one-party system here in Charles County, and I don’t think we should be that way.”

The Republican Party reflects her values, Havrilla said. In the 1960s, she first registered as a Democrat, but soon realized she disagreed with the Democratic Party’s way of doing things. She has been a Republican ever since.

“I would like to be a part of re-establishing the Republican Party in Charles County,” said Havrilla, who is a member of Charles County Right to Life and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in Charles County. She is a past president of the club. Havrilla said she was president of the Charles County Shelter Development Committee that made the Angels Watch shelter in Hughesville possible, in conjunction with Catholic Charities.

Havrilla said it is upsetting to see so many of her friends leaving the county because taxes are so high. She also is concerned with rapid growth in Waldorf, and would like to see the growth spread out throughout the county.

“The biggest issue I’m concerned with [in the county] is the Republican part,” Havrilla said. She would like to encourage voters to look at the values of each political party and determine which best fits their values.

Also a part of the women’s group at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Plata and the Charles County Republican Women’s Club, Havrilla is retired. She taught prekindergarten to second grade for about 20 years in Prince George’s County public schools.

Havrilla and her husband Andy have one son and two daughters, all of whom attended public schools in Charles County. Passionately pro-life, Havrilla had her daughters when she was 39 and 44 years old, after she and her husband thought they would not have anymore children. Havrilla and her husband have six grandchildren.

After high school, Havrilla said she went away to school to study music, but soon returned to Charles County, attended community college and transferred to St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she received a degree in human development and early childhood education.

“I just think if a person is a good candidate and they have a good platform, they’re going to get elected whether they’re Republican or Democrat,” Havrilla said, “unless you’ve got people just voting straight party, then you can’t do anything about that.”

Havrilla said that it is not fair to anyone in the county for one political party to dominate political offices in the county “because that party is going to run the show.” She also would like to see an end to “career politicians,” whom she believes have lost perspective and focus.

“As a member of the Charles County Republican Central Committee, I pledge to work just as hard as I have in the past with other organizations,” Havrilla said in a campaign statement. “I am dedicated to make a difference and will make building a stronger GOP my main priority so there are Republican choices in the next election.”

According to the State Board of Elections’ website, Collins A. Bailey, Dave Campbell, Chris Cherest, Tom deSabla, Jim Crawford, J.T. Crawford, Joe Crawford, Mark J. Crawford, Mike Phillips, Lewis McIntyre and Darrell Wood also have filed for candidacy in the Republican Central Committee. Nine seats are available.