I am going to miss the blog party Thursday from 4-6 at Petit Louis Bistro on the lakefront. But if you have the chance to go, please do!
So as promised/threatened, I offer endorsements for District 13. As there are no primaries for State Senate or State Delegate on the Republican side I will be silent on those races. For now.
Well, I lied. Guy Guzzone is tanned, not so rested, and ready to serve as the State Senator for District 13. He may be unopposed in the Democratic Primary, but he has my endorsement through to November, as does Ed Kasemeyer in District 12.
Now to the Delegate race. and on this I will be mercifully short and sweet. I endorse the "Team 13" slate of candidates-- returning Delegates Shane Pendergrass and Frank Turner, as well as newcomer (to Howard County politics) Vanessa Atterbeary. I am sure that Ms. Atterbeary will thrive under the mentorship and tutelage of the veteran Delegates.
There are alternatives in District 13, however. And one is a good one. Fred Eiland serves as the community organizer for the Village of Oakland Mills, and he has done a good job in that capacity. Of course I have intimate knowledge of Fred's work. He cares a lot about the community and although I don't perceive the same command on all statewide issues that the endorsed candidates have, he could learn and I hope that if he's serious about a career in public service, that he stays involved.
The other candidate is Nayab Siddiqui. I wish the Siddiqui campaign a lot of sadness for the next two months. I wish their signs to be decalred illegal (I'm sure I've seen some already), I wish for slammed doors in the face of every volunteer, I hope for cold receptions and colder shoulders for Nayab and Janet.
And why is this? Because I won't forget and won't forgive the nonsense that happened at the filing deadline this year. These were bush league moves and both Siddiquis are responsible. So basically, I hope that both of them disappear from community life in Howard County. They have lost the support and respect of this very active community leader, and I know I am not alone.
Am I clear on where I stand in this matter? I hope so.
Thursday is National Pig in a Blanket Day. Nature's most perfect food.
Let's be careful out there.
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