I hope that this update finds all of you well, and your children comfortably settled into another school year in Carroll County. As we approach the General Election on November 4, I wanted to send an update regarding a few of the candidates running for office and how their campaigns relate to public education in Carroll County.
In the primary election in District 1, Steve Wantz won a decisive victory against the incumbent, Robin Frazier. Frazier won’t accept the public’s decision, so she is running again as a “write-in”, and her campaign has ramped up the rhetoric and bad information. Frazier has not been a friend to public education and has consistently voted to fund at the lowest amount allowed by law, regardless of the need. District 1, please ignore the rhetoric and vote again for Steve Wantz a very well-qualified and professional candidate who fully supports public education, is passionate about public safety, listens to Carroll County residents and is not trying to capture the national spotlight for his own benefit. You can learn more about Steve Wantz here: http://stevewantz.org/
District 4 faces another 4 years of nasty, divisive name-calling, inappropriate government overreach, threats of lawsuits, ramped up rhetoric, and vicious attacks on our school system with continued efforts to fund at the lowest level allowed by law. The bottom line is that not enough parents of school-aged children got out and voted in the Republican primary in District 4. Turn out from this demographic was extremely low, while Richard Rothschild’s crew showed up to secure his potentially damaging win. We lost an opportunity to elect a fabulous candidate, but thankfully we have another chance! Lifelong Carroll County resident, Jim Rowe has jumped onto the political scene with a passion for re-setting Carroll County in a positive and profitable direction. Jim Rowe is a registered nurse and teacher with a long history of working with senior citizens, educating the public and caring for the sick. Jim Rowe is a small business owner (he owns the Buttersburg Inn in Union Bridge) and understands the delicate balance between fiscal restraint and the benefits of investing in the future. Jim Rowe is passionate about his desire for excellence in public education. Jim Rowe welcomes ALL to the table when facing a challenge, regardless of political affiliation; and he will treat you with respect. Jim Rowe will NOT push his own personal, political agenda in a quest for the national spotlight, while taking aim at county residents…that has been swiftly handled by the incumbent. If you strive for an excellent public education for your children, you MUST show up on November 4, look for the “Write In” button, click it, type in Jim Rowe, and hit enter. His name will then appear on the main page beneath the incumbent’s name. Then remember to hit the button to cast your vote. Write-ins CAN and DO win elections when concerned citizens VOTE! You can learn more about Jim Rowe, here: http://www.writeinjimrowe.com/who-is-jim-rowe.html
District 5 incumbent (and past President of the County Commissioners) Doug Howard faces a write-in challenge from Cathey Allison who lost to him in the primary, but is running again. Doug Howard has been an advocate for public education while faced with regular and public denigration from a contentious Board of Commissioners. Doug Howard has a degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business, and owns a local entrepreneurial services company that helps with the needs of small businesses. Doug Howard has continuously reached out to constituents, brought people to the table and respectfully considered their input in advance of making important county decisions. Doug Howard wants to Keep Carroll Strong with an eye on the future. You can learn more about Doug Howard here: http://www.doughowardforcarroll.com/about-doug-howard/
You can learn more about voting in the Maryland General Election in Carroll County, here: http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/electionboard/Default.aspx
Voter registration deadline: October 14, TODAY!!!!!
Early voting at the Westminster Senior Activities Center, 125 Stoner Avenue, Westminster, MD: Thursday, October 23, 2014 through Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 10 am until 8 pm.
General Election: November 4, 7:00am – 8:00pm