Comptroller Franchot Announces R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. Award

Nominations sought for past and present elected officials who have dedicated their careers to public service

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (October 21, 2019) – Comptroller Peter Franchot has announced the launch of a new award paying tribute to one of the most skilled and respected lawmakers in Maryland history.

The R.Clayton Mitchell Jr. Award for Distinguished Public Service will recognize past or present elected officials at all levels of government who exemplify the true spirit of public service, demonstrating strong leadership, humility, and compassion for the communities they serve.

Joined by two of Speaker Mitchell’s sons, the Comptroller officially announced the new award last week at Twinny’s Place in Galena, a favorite restaurant of the late House Speaker who passed away in June.

One recipient will be selected and presented in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Nominees should have a lengthy record of public service and a demonstrated commitment to helping their constituents in large and small ways.

“Serving in public office is rarely the most glamorous job, but there are countless instances of elected officials throughout Maryland who have done it for the right reasons and lead by example, effectively representing their constituents and doing so with little or no fanfare,” said Franchot. “Speaker Mitchell embodied these ideals and it is my honor to pay tribute to his legacy.”

The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, November 25. Print out and complete this form and either fax it to 410-974-2045 or attach it as a pdf and email abrody@comp.state.md.us.

For more information or for questions about the award, call 410-260-6346.


The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.

To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at davidhiggins@southernmarylandchronicle.com

Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II




© 2019 The Southern Maryland Chronicle. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.