Email - Jenni.Pompi@patch.com
Phone - 240-305-0643
Hometown - Calvert County, MD
Birthday - April 5
Bio - Jenni was born up north in western Mass, but her family moved to Calvert County when she was just ten-years-old and she considers herself a native as evidenced by her love of blue crabs and beer.
After several years in the non-profit sector, followed by about year of freelancing for various Patch sites, Jenni decided to follow her passion for community journalism and apply for a full-time job with Patch. She now serves as the primary Local Editor for Bowie Patch and Riverdale Park-University Park Patch.
A lover of literature, when Jenni's not working or spending time with her family, you will probably find her curled up with a good book (science fiction and literary fiction are her favorites.) Jenni is outgoing and loves meeting new people. She and her husband of eight years live in historic Riverdale Park with their dog Valentine and sons, Oscar and Miles, in a 95-year-old hous that's always in need of repairs.
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How would you describe your political beliefs?
Are you registered with a certain party?
I'm a registered democrat and my political beliefs are two steps to the left of wherever you are imagining. That said, I enjoy civil and respectful political debate and have a real passion for local politics. I’m also a huge believer in public education and proudly send my older son to a Prince George’s County Public school where I am an involved and vocal parent.
How religious would you consider yourself? (casual, observant, devout, non religious)
I was raised Catholic and that religion is the basis of many of my social values. Although I'm decidedly non religious these days, I do believe in God.
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?
Where do you stand on each of these issues?
I think the most important issue facing Bowie is that high quality retailers are fleeing the city for neighboring Crofton at an alarming rate. I see this as a very serious problem throughout Prince George's County, as it affects not only the shopping convenience of residents, but it makes it necessary for Bowie residents to spend their money in other counties, which hurts local tax revenue. I feel strongly that the city and county need to work together to make Bowie desirable place for retailers, and I look forward to providing more in-depth coverage on this issue.
In Riverdale Park and University Park, the Cafrtiz development remains and important issue for the community, as well as the development of the Town Center in Riverdale Park. Another important issue in the Parks are the public schools and the crowding the schools face, particularly the elementary schools.