About Colleen

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Hello friends! My name is Colleen Ebacher (ee-Bash-ur) and I’m running for Baltimore County Council in District 3.

I grew up as the daughter of a union machinist on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and was the first in my family to attend college. I went on to become a professor at Towson University, a mom of four, an Indivisible activist–and now a first-time candidate for elected office. It’s been an amazing journey so far.

Supported by Rotary International Fellowships, I was able to pursue my education in Spanish language and literature, ultimately earning my PhD from University of Michigan. In 1995, I joined the faculty in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Towson University, settling in Monkton where my husband and I have raised four children.

Colleen w fam 01My work as a teacher has extended far beyond the walls of the classroom. I believe in the power of civic engagement and learning through service to the community. I’ve designed and directed professional development programs for K-12 teachers and partnerships with a wide range of community organizations in Baltimore and beyond. At the same time, I’ve taught, directed the interdisciplinary studies program at Towson University, garnered multiple grants for my community-engaged teaching and research, and founded a successful consulting business with my husband.

Colleen with TU StudentsLike so many others, I became more deeply involved in local politics during the 2016 election. I spent hours knocking on doors and registering voters. On the cold rainy evening of the election, I was in Reading, Pennsylvania, encouraging people in marginalized communities to vote. When a local woman admitted that neither she nor her neighbors thought that the political system worked for them, I realized then that they felt completely disconnected.

I began working with newly organized grassroots groups. When I realized that many career politicians were as disconnected from the community as community members were from them, I realized that my commitment to community-building required me to do more than advocate from the sidelines. With the support of my friends and family, I decided to stand up and run for office myself.

As a working mom of four children, an educator, and an organizer, I’ve long understood the value of strong communities. As the representative of District 3 to the Baltimore County Council, I will work tirelessly to bring different voices together to build up our community and steward our shared environment. If we listen and connect with each other, we can achieve the responsive government, 21st-century schools, and revitalized, growing economy that our community deserves.