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June 20, 2014

Tuesday Election Primary Date

Roy Meachum

Tuesday brings election primaries, all over Maryland. By night time we shall see what gubernatorial candidate stands; I’m betting on Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.


Mr. Brown, by virtue of the registered Democrats, and Mr. Hogan because of the hard work and his captivating slogan, ChangeMaryland; it also helps the lieutenant governor has skin to match his name. Not only the president, but various governors; certainly the Massachusetts’ chief executive, Deval Patrick. The African Americans fill pages of Maryland voter registrations. And, not so small, he has the O’Malley administration behind him.


In this county, you will be counting the ballots to see if Blaine Young triumphs against two other Republicans in the county executive race. Jan Gardner is unopposed in the Democratic primary or that office. She served the Board of County Commissioners as president, so did he. Mr. Young’s chief opponent is from that same group of commissioners: David Gray, who from my point of view is unelectable as the county executive. Go, David!


One thing in her favor: Ms. Gardner promised not to sell Citizens/Montevue complex! As readers know, I have written a column on how we are breaking our promises to the elderly and the poor. Mr. Young’s cohorts deserve the same treatment, Billy Shreve and Kirby Delauter. Paul Smith earns another election.


The same as Sheriff Chuck Jenkins; he promised to relieve the deputies who stand guard at the Westview Promenade and the movie theater. And the Ethan Saylor incident happened. Everybody knows the story.


Mr. Saylor died while the off-duty sheriff’s men tried to remove him because he didn’t have a ticket for the next showing of “Zero Dark Thirty.” They did this alone on the manager’s request. They botched big time; as he died. There was another instance where deputies emptied issued automatics. Because of ties to the GOP – he was once the county chairman of the party – he’ll probably get re-elected.


Sheriff Jenkins’ only opposition comes from City Police Captain Kevin Grubb, retired, and this is the first time he entered an election. Still, the sheriff doesn’t merit his office for four more years.


As for the General Assembly, state Sen. David Brinkley deserves another term; Michael Hough does not. Senator Brinkley takes the chore of running against Mr. Hough, who strikes me as “old politics,” as did Alex Mooney; the sort that maligns a person and when you answer him he’s nowhere to be found. I would like to think I drove Mr. Mooney into West Virginia; by myself, I didn’t have the power. Still, Ron Young’s election to Mr. Mooney’s state Senate seat made a transition necessary.


Kathy Afzali, no, as I’ve written before; Kelly Schulz, yes – she deserves another four years in the General Assembly. Ms. Afzali strikes me as arrogant; Ms. Schulz is willing to listen. Patrick Hogan and Galen Clagett are retiring from their delegate’s seats.


I’ve done what’s necessary.


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