We Will Vote for Representatives Who Support Our Schools!
  • Petitioning The Carroll County Board of Commissioners

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The Carroll County Board of Commissioners

We Will Vote for Representatives Who Support Our Schools!

    1. Susan McNulty
    2. Petition by

      Susan McNulty

      Mount Airy, MD

Excellent schools provide the foundation for healthy and successful communities. Families seek to purchase homes in areas that maintain high-performing schools. Property values remain secure and local businesses thrive as those families purchase their homes and support the local economy. Tax revenues increase and local essential service providers are fully funded. The community at large benefits and the positive cycle continues. The Carroll County Public Schools provide an excellent education for our children; but just as the pressure mounts to comply with unfunded state and federal mandates, some of the candidates for County Commissioner will seek to under fund our school system, once again. Though faced with a steady increase in costs, Superintendent Guthrie and his staff have managed to cut their budgets by tens of millions of dollars over the past several years. At present, there is nothing left to cut that won't directly impact the education of our children. Currently on the chopping block are essential classroom staff and "Outdoor School", along with several other positions. It is time to tell our candidates for County Commissioner that their constituents: parents, property owners, empty nesters, business owners, tax payers and voters, want our school system to be fully funded and supported. Superintendent Guthrie and his staff have done their due diligence to propose conservative budgets that keep our schools on the path of high standards and measurable success. Our candidates for County Commissioner must fully support Superintendent Guthrie's proposed budgets; anything less is unacceptable.

To:
The Carroll County Board of Commissioners
We will vote for candidates that work to fully support our public schools, attract and retain the best teachers, keep an eye towards excellence in education and what it takes to get there, value our children's needs and exemplify professional and appropriate behavior.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. We will vote for candidates that support and protect our public schools

      Susan McNulty
      Petition Organizer

      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

    2. What Type of Local Government Will You Elect to Support Our Schools?

      Susan McNulty
      Petition Organizer

      Just as “slash and burn” farming is an outdated, simplistic practice that actually undermines the stability of the soil; so too, does “slash and burn” budgeting (from an outdated, simplistic mindset) undermine the stability of a community. The “can’t, don’t and won’t” way of thinking MUST give way to the “can, do and will” determination. We CAN solve our budget issues without destroying county services. The naysayers may view this as an impossible pipe dream; the “doers” view it as a prelude to a plan.

      The group of nasty mudslingers that fudge numbers, hack accounts and bully anyone who doesn’t think like them want to turn Maryland (and Carroll County) into a southern, white, Christian, zero-tolerance zone, or secede from the USA…their words. Keep in mind that “Christian” is strictly up to their interpretation. Please read: http://protectingcarrollschools.com/keep-carroll-conservative-prepares-to-tyrannize-carroll-county/. It is a long read, but necessary for EVERY CARROLL COUNTY RESIDENT.

      Tomorrow, if we want to move Carroll County forward in a positive and professional direction focused on infrastructure, economic development, top notch public safety and excellence in education, we MUST elect Steve Wantz (Dist. 1), Dick Weaver (Dist. 2), Dennis Frazier (Dist. 3), Barb Biller (Dist. 4) and re-elect Doug Howard (Dist. 5). The ONLY Board of Education candidates to vote for are: Virginia Harrison, Bob Lord and Devon Rothschild (NO relation to Richard Rothschild). Please also vote: DeWees for Sheriff, Brinkley for State Senator and DeLeonardo for State’s Attorney.

      The supporters of our negative incumbents and candidates are organized and voting. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOUR VOTES WILL COUNT, as this is a tight race that will determine the direction and reputation of our county for the next 4 years.

      Make your voting plan tonight and then please follow through tomorrow. No one can be too busy.

      Thank you!
      Susan McNulty

      Keep Carroll Conservative Prepares to Tyrannize Carroll County

      We're fighting tyranny. Period. An angry group of self-righteous haters, who've decided they're the only true Republicans, is out to take over the county. They're ruthless. They're deluded. They're incompetent. They lie, and they'll do anything to win. They have a very simple goal and a very simple strategy.

    3. Nasty Politics Abound...

      Susan McNulty
      Petition Organizer

      While Barb Biller (Dist. 4 candidate) and Steve Wantz (Dist 1 candidate) have run clean races for County Commissioner (based upon their desires for proper economic development, top notch public safety services and excellence in education) they have been subject to regular, ugly, and misleading attacks (and computer hacking, as well) from the incumbent camps who then claim to be Christian. WE NEED A CHANGE! WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT THE VOTE OF EVERY SINGLE PERSON READING THIS! There is still time. Request your absentee ballot by:
      •Tuesday, June 17, 2014, if you want to receive your ballot by mail or fax
      •Friday, June 20, 2014, if you want to download your ballot from the State’s Website- http://www.elections.state.md.us/voting/;
      or vote at your polling place on June 24! Please do not be too busy or too tired to show up. Please share this information with your family, friends and neighbors. We need to stop the nasty rhetoric and get back to business in Carroll County. Susan

    4. Rothschild Funded by "Hate" Group.

      Susan McNulty
      Petition Organizer

      Please visit the following website and share with your email lists: http://protectingcarrollschools.com/ Then, COMMIT to vote him (and his cronies) OUT on June 24.
      Thank you,
      Susan

      Protecting Carroll's Schools

      Carroll County, Maryland

    5. Will you have a say????

      Susan McNulty
      Petition Organizer

      Tomorrow is the deadline for registering to vote in the upcoming June 24 republican primary. If you do not register as a Republican by tomorrow, you will not be able to vote for certain positions. In District 4 our Commissioner will be chosen in the primary, as no Democrats are running. There is a clear divide: Biller brings successful international business, local economic development, high level education experience, and a positive, professional vision; Rothschild brings name-calling, fuzzy math, attack DVDs, threats to sue state and Federal government (with your tax dollars) and an $800,000 slush fund for friends. Use your voice! Protect your county! EVERY SINGLE VOTE WILL COUNT in this race, folks! Register here: http://www.elections.state.md.us/voter_registration/index.html
      Susan

    6. Please stay informed and VOTE!

      Susan McNulty
      Petition Organizer

      Please visit the attached blog site: http://protectingcarrollschools.com/
      The bloggers aim to post accurate information about our schools and local government. The danger that faces our school system comes from within our local government. If Richard Rothschild and Robin Frazier are re-elected, they will further gut the education budget from the outside (by 10 %) with the help of Board of Education candidates Nason, Harmening and Roenick (if elected) from the inside. This is not a conspiracy theory, it has come directly from Commissioner Rothschild's mouth.

      On June 24, we MUST elect Steve Wantz (Dist. 1), Dick Weaver (Dist. 2), Dennis Frazier (Dist. 3), Barb Biller (Dist. 4) and re-elect Doug Howard (Dist. 5). The ONLY Board of Education candidates to vote for are: Virginia Harrison, Bob Lord and Devon Rothschild (NO relation to Richard Rothschild). Register as a Republican by JUNE 3...NEXT WEEK!
      Susan

      Protecting Carroll's Schools

      At a recent candidate forum at the Mt. Airy Middle school, Commissioner Rothschild and his cohorts in We the People, Carroll County passed out a fact sheet supposedly proving that Carroll County's public school teachers are wrong when they state that they haven't received pay increases in the past few years.

    7. "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them"

      Susan McNulty
      Petition Organizer

      Political leanings aside, I have always loved this title from a book by Al Franken. Sadly, it applies to the offices of some of our County Commissioners and (unless we stop them) three of the potential Board of Education candidates. At the PTSO District 4 Commissioner Candidate forum at Mount Airy Middle School, Commissioner Rothschild handed out "teacher salary" information that he said was "alphabetically" chosen and proves that teachers had received raises. Unfortunately (for him) some of the teachers were there. He cherry picked 2012 earnings for some teachers who lost part of the year due to maternity leave, compared it to 2013 earnings where those teachers had either taken on additional responsibilities to make more money, changed jobs or completed a higher degree and called it a "raise". WHAT? A teacher who alphabetically should have been on the list wasn't...guess why...that teacher actually LOST money from year to year. LIES abound in District 4. Stay tuned... Susan

    8. PLEASE SHOW UP!

      Susan McNulty
      Petition Organizer

      Mark your calendars- This Monday, May 12, 7-9pm, Scott Center, Carroll Community College for the Carroll County Commissioners' 2015 Budget Session! Nothing says, "FUND OUR SCHOOLS" like a full auditorium. Nothing says, "WE DON'T CARE" like an empty one. This is a BIG room folks, so get a group together and GO! We haven't had good participation this year, so this is definitely the meeting to go to. I would normally speak at this meeting, but I have travel that I cannot change. Who will craft a respectful and compelling 3 minute speech that details what fully funded schools mean to our community? Who has a story to share detailing how funding cuts have harmed children and programs? Rothschild will most-likely have a PowerPoint with skewed data points (involving relative wealth calculations). He does this intentionally. DO NOT BE FOOLED. He will use business analysis on the school budget WHICH IS A SERVICE, not a business (completely different models apply). PRESENCE is POWER!

    9. Which County Commissioner Candidates Support our Public Schools???

      Susan McNulty
      Petition Organizer

      I will continue to update as we approach the June 24 Republican primary...

      PLEASE research as you will, and then VOTE! In these races, EVERY vote counts. Do not think that the votes of others will be enough.

      District 1: Steve Wantz http://stevewantz.org/
      District 4: Barb Biller http://citizensforbarbarabiller.com/
      District 5: Doug Howard http://www.doughowardforcarroll.com/

    10. Reached 2,000 signatures
    11. When you receive a response...

      Susan McNulty
      Petition Organizer

      Please know that when you email our delegates, you will most-likely receive a canned response. The "spin" is in full effect. Our Republican Senators voted FOR the budget and took a big hit from the extreme "right" in doing so. They voted FOR the budget, because they crafted legislation that would DIRECTLY help CCPS. Our delegates voted against the budget (and then proposed amendments that knew were dead on arrival) because anything "anti-Omalley" is considered conservative and good. Unfortunately, in the process, they may have killed $3.1 million in funding that was supposed to reach $5 million including the next two years.

    12. Reached 1,500 signatures
    13. C.C.P.S. staff deserve a voice!

      Susan McNulty
      Petition Organizer

      This petition is recirculating to make sure that our professionals at C.C.P.S. have a voice in their funding. Please send the link to this petition to your children's teachers and school staff. They work TOO hard to be ignored in this process! Thank you... Susan :)

    14. Reached 1,000 signatures
    15. Carroll County Times Poll

      Susan McNulty
      Petition Organizer

      Please cast your vote on the Carroll County Times Poll Question:
      Online poll
      "Do you think the Board of Commissioners is adequately funding our school system?"
      Go to the front page (online) and scroll down to the poll question. Let's continue to send our message!
      Has every adult in your home signed our petition? It could be an easy way to double our numbers!
      Thank you!
      Susan

    16. Reached 500 signatures
    17. Spreading the Word!

      Susan McNulty
      Petition Organizer

      Hello All! This Petition is being sent to every P.T.A./P.T.S.O president in the county. If you receive information more than once, I apologize; but we have GOT to get the word out! We need THOUSANDS of signatures, not hundreds. PLEASE get everyone that you know within the county to sign the petition. Once we have a substantial amount of signatures, I will contact the Carroll County Times for an interview. It is GO TIME!!! The Board of Commissioners receives the budget to begin their official review at the end of February. We MUST be heard! They MUST support our schools! Thank you! :)

    18. Reached 250 signatures
    19. Please help spread the word!

      Susan McNulty
      Petition Organizer

      This petition has been sent to the chairperson for the Carroll County Public Schools Community Advisory Council, so that each school leader should hear about it and share it. We need MORE signatures! Please forward to your football, soccer, cheerleading, scouting, etc. email lists and ask people to sign! Please also forward to your children's teachers and school employees. 80% of Carroll County Public Schools employees live within the county. They have the right to be heard, not just as employees, but as residents. We also need to hear from the business community. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

    20. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Muri Dueppen MOUNT AIRY, MD
      • 8 days ago

      Confidence in good school for my kids is one of the reasons that our family moved to Mount Airy ten years ago. That faith in providing an excellent education has been eroding with each egregiously underfunded CCPS budget. It has gotten to a critical crossroads and Richard Rothschild and his cronies must be defeated in this election.

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    • Kathleen Eigenbrode MT. AIRY, MD
      • 5 months ago

      The tea party must be stopped.

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    • Loel Romeo SYKESVILLE, MD
      • 5 months ago

      I am a past parent of 3 school children in this county and I want the schools to remain as strong as they were in the past. I am also a teacher in the county and want our schools to continue to be to educate students who are prepared to work in a global economy. I want our county to be able to attract and KEEP excellent teachers. I have seen too many leave for higher salaries in neighboring counties. This is a real discredit to the school system.

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    • Sharon Leister WESTMINSTER,, MD
      • 5 months ago

      Good schools draw people to an area. Teachers will go where they are paid a decent wage. The teachers in Carroll County are dedicated to give the students a great education.

      I cannot understand why the teachers are the ones that must set the example to cut back while elected officials pad their pockets.

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    • Joanne Tart ELDERSBURG, MD
      • 5 months ago

      What is more important than the education of our children!!???

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