Alderman Joe Budge is a retired computer software executive and community member in Ward 1. He settled in the Annapolis Historic District with his family fifteen years ago. He had moved to the area eight years earlier, opening an office above Conduit and Main – just in time for the re-bricking of Main Street. His background as a computer software executive includes project management, marketing, finance and programming. As a Group Manager for Silicon Valley software companies he was responsible for product lines that achieved $100 million/year in annual sales.
Since retirement he has been active in civic affairs and served on several City committees. Joe represented Ward One on the 2009 Comprehensive Plan, the West Street Vision, and the City Dock Committees. He led the Ward One Residents Association in shaping City policies on Market House, Special Events, Liquor Laws, the budget and other subjects, and was President of the Association for two years. The Annapolis Democratic Central Committee selected Joe for the City Council in May 2013 following Alderman Richard Israel’s retirement. Ward One elected Joe as their representative that November.
Joe was raised on the West Coast, near San Francisco, and educated in New England and North Carolina. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with concentration in Environmental Studies and Economics from Williams College and a Master of Arts in Anatomy and a Master of Business Administration, both from Duke University.
Joe and his wife have three children. The oldest two are active duty officers in the Army and Marines. Their third child resides in Washington DC with his wife and 2 dogs and works in the field of statistics and mathematical analysis.
Joe spends his spare time flying small planes, fishing, and cruising in old boats. He has 25 years of experience serving on the boards of non-profits and foundations. Joe believes he has served Ward One and Annapolis well over the past 4 ½ years as Alderman and also believes there is further work to be done. He believes he can leverage his legislative experience and approach to civic dialogue to continue to improve our community.