Hance Announces Campaign

Port Republic, November 6, 2017 — Earl “Buddy” Hance, a lifelong Calvert County resident, will announce his plan to run for the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday, November 8.

The announcement ceremony will take place at 12:00 p.m. in the field across from Jake's Produce Stand located at 3015 Broome's Island Road in Port Republic. 

“As a candidate in this election, I look to bring heightened transparency to the Board of County Commissioners and refocus our leadership on the things that make Calvert County such a desirable place to live, work, and raise a family,” Hance said. 

Hance’s message is “Our Calvert, Our Future.” His platform will focus on:

  • Accountability of tax dollars to improve Calvert’s communities and residents
  • Smart growth with better infrastructure to support Calvert’s demands
  • Improving an education system to supports teachers, parents, and students
  • Public safety and first responders in our community
  • Creating jobs and making Calvert a business-friendly environment
  • A commitment to land preservation and protection of natural resources

“I am energized by the members of this community who have reached out in support of my candidacy. As an experienced leader, I have demonstrated the ability to bring people together and solve complex challenges. I would be honored to serve the residents of Calvert County and will work with drive and determination,” said Hance.

Earl “Buddy” Hance is a farmer and lifelong resident of Port Republic. He is the former Maryland Secretary of Agriculture (2009 - 2015) where he managed 400 employees and a budget of $117 million during a recession and time of considerable budget reductions. He has extensive leadership experience, having served as President of the Maryland Farm Bureau, Chairman of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, and Treasurer of the Maryland Grain Producers Association as well as a member of numerous boards and organizations throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Hance owns and operates Hance Family Farm, a 400-acre grain farm. He resides in Port Republic with his wife. They have three children and five grandchildren. 


Jamie Tiralla