Education/Career: A native southerner, Turner studied history at University of Texas at Austin, and government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He was born and raised in Austin. After his move to Washington he served as a speechwriter and a magazine editor for two White House Administrations; as a speechwriter at the U.S. Department of Energy and, for the last two decades of his career, as national spokesman for the U.S. Marshals.
Volunteer: Like many Washingtonians drawn to Chestertown, Dave, 71, enjoys the woodlands, historic farms and waterways Kent County offers. While living on a horse farm near DC, he already had volunteered to work as a steward for such resources. He served on local appointive preservation panels and was selected by Governor Martin O’Malley to be a Trustee on the Maryland Historical Trust. He qualifies as an expert witness in trials re. historic sites.
Three years ago, Turner and his partner of 15 years, Ran G. Crawford, realized Kent County was where they wanted to live full time, and they have been delighted with the small-town living experience. Turner sold the DC farm, where he had raised a national champion carriage driving horse. They brought along one foxhunting/trail riding prospect now boarded at Airy Hill.
A key attraction for them in Chestertown is the presence of Washington College. Turner has been a member of WC-All since moving here and taught a course in the 2018 session.
He organized local equestrians to launch the Chestertown Horsemen’s Club in 2016. The Club’s perpetual award trophy – the Kent County Cup – is on display in the meeting chamber of the Chestertown Town Hall. Turner has served as a board member on the Maryland Horse Council for decades. Along with Ran, Dave is an active member of Shrewsbury Church; he has been an overnight volunteer for a homeless shelter since 2017. Also in 2017, he was asked to serve on the Kent County Library Foundation Board, and is a member of The River Club social group.