Q & A with Peggy Ann Russell
By Steven Hoffman
Q: How long have you lived in Oxford Borough?
A: I moved to Oxford in 1981, working for Prudential Insurance Co. as an agent.
Q: Have you previously been involved in Oxford Borough government?
A: I have attended the Borough Council meetings since January 2014. I was president of the Oxford Chamber of Commerce early in my business career here.
Q: Why are you running for a seat on Oxford Borough Council?
A: I am running to fill a newly vacated seat at the request of a number of residents who wrote me in at the primary election. I can bring leadership to the issues of public safety, quality of life, especially for youth and seniors, and fair representation of the whole cross section of our diverse community.
Q: Can you tell us about your professional background?
A: My undergraduate degree is in Business Administration, which prepared me for a position of store manager for a retail organization. As the company transitioned from company-owned stores to dealerships, I transitioned into the insurance business. Currently, I am Director of the Associate Program for the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
Q: What other qualifications, professional experiences, or service to the community should voters know about?
A: I am a founding member and Director of ACE Anti-Human Trafficking Alliance of Oxford. I received the Mayor’s Citizen Award in 2013, and on behalf of ACE in 2014. I am engaged with SILO and their efforts to minister to the community. I teach a religious education class for the children of St. Rocco Church/Mision Santa Maria and I am a substitute for Sacred Heart Church. I volunteer at Calvert Manor Healthcare for several different activities four or five times each month. My master’s degree in Spiritual Direction and post-graduate certificate in Pastoral Counseling have taught me to be a patient listener, engage all parties in dialogue and utilize problem-solving skills. I am currently taking (not teaching) a course in Spanish Language and Culture at the University of Notre Dame of Maryland in an attempt to better dialogue with neighbors.
Q: What would be some of your priorities if you were elected to Oxford Borough Council?
A: Educational and recreational activities for youth are my first priority so that they do not become vulnerable. I am, also very concerned about pedestrian and sidewalk safety, especially the traffic intersection between the two large shopping centers in the Oxford area.