As the mayor of a thriving city, and as one of America’s most successful minority business owners, Tim recognizes that our state will not be able to sustain its commitment to the priorities we share – from better schools and revitalized communities, to safer neighborhoods and leadership in the fight against climate change – if we do not manage our taxpayer dollars wisely. As Tim himself recently said, “There is nothing progressive about excessive and inappropriate spending. It puts a greater burden on those who are most vulnerable and destroys public trust in our government.”
Throughout his career, Tim has proven that he can deliver fiscal responsibility for the sake of social responsibility, and he will bring that record and experience to the Maryland Comptroller’s Office.
Tim was exposed as a child to the generational poverty and segregation of New Orleans’ Seventh and Lower Ninth Wards. Through the opportunities that were first provided by a quality education, Tim succeeded in business and has gone on to become one of our country’s most successful and admired Black entrepreneurs. Tim’s commitment to public service is motivated by his desire to provide every Marylander – regardless of race, ethnicity, region or income - with those same opportunities for success.
As Maryland’s next Comptroller and Chief Fiscal Officer, Tim will protect families from tax fraud, safeguard our most vulnerable Marylanders from financial predators, and use every tool at his disposal to create a level playing field where all children, families and small businesses have a fair chance to succeed.
When Tim Adams is elected on November 8, 2022, to serve as Maryland’s 34th Comptroller, he will make history on many fronts. Tim will serve as Maryland’s first Black Comptroller and, pending the outcome of Maryland’s gubernatorial election, could be the first independently-elected Black member of Maryland’s Board of Public Works. He will also be the first paraplegic elected to statewide office in our state’s history.
Tim Adams’ journey – from the poverty, violence and segregation of rural Louisiana, to his standing today as one of America’s most successful and influential minority business owners and the first Black mayor of Bowie – embodies the very best possibilities of our country and state. His success in the face of deep tragedy, and his ability to channel personal loss into meaningful social activism, is a testament to his strength and sense of purpose.