November 19, 2006

Craig praises all candidates

I am greatly honored to be elected as Harford County Executive. I want to thank the citizens of Harford County for this opportunity to serve them. I also want to commend every candidate who chose to participate in our democratic process during this recent election. The open exchange of ideas and concerns about the present and future quality of life issues for Harford County residents was important and noteworthy. I hope each candidate and newly elected official will continue to voice their opinions and suggestions.

When I was sworn into this office in July 2005, I promised to work diligently and faithfully to maintain and build on the trust given to me. I am promising to continue in those efforts. I understand the county's needs for safer neighborhoods, adequate public school capacity and modern learning facilities, and better managed redevelopment projects and long-term planning for roads improvements and water sources. All these initiatives go hand in hand with providing more opportunity for citizen input and communication and collaboration between all branches of government.

I look forward to working with Sheriff-elect Jesse Bane, County Council President-elect Billy Boniface, and the returning and new council members. I also want to congratulate Harford County's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly and pledge my cooperation to them. As always, I will continue my administration's open-door policy to the citizens of Harford County.

David R. Craig Harford County Executive

Helton thanks backers, volunteers

In the aftermath of my campaign for Harford County Executive, I am only grateful and thankful for all the support and encouragement I received. It was very important to me personally to be able to discuss and air all the issues about growth and development, fiscal responsibility with public funds and personal accountability. In the end, I was able to give the voters a choice and I accept their decision.

So thank you from the bottom of my heart to those volunteers and voters who approved of my candidacy, helped out in so many large and small ways and made sure they made their opinion known. I will continue to care about Harford County and work for the issues that have long been important to me - an open and honest government, a chance to participate in land and natural resources policy decisions, and safe communities. And remember: "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."

Congratulations to all the winners and may you govern with integrity and honesty.

Ann C. Helton Darlington

Campaigns should take the high road

I want to thank you, voters of District 34A, for my success in last Tuesday's election. I appreciate your vote of confidence by electing me your delegate in Annapolis representing the Route 40 corridor. Many of you expressed your support for my positive campaign and gave me your vote for that reason. I am proud to say that at no point in the campaign did we go negative. This cannot be said for some Republican campaigners. For example, it is truly sad when an elected official, Roni Chenowith, who vows to uphold the law and lead by example, says of negative campaigning, "All is fair in love and war." Let's hope that in future campaigns all candidates, regardless of party affiliation, take the high road and leave the mudslinging alone and run on their own merits and vision for the community.

Again, I thank all of you who voted for me. For those of you who did not, I will work hard as your delegate to change your mind. I do not take office until January, but in the meantime I would like to hear from you. My e-mail address is b.dan.riley@comcast.net and after the first of the year, my toll-free number in Annapolis is 1-800-492-7122, Ext. 3289.

B. Dan Riley Edgewood

Be careful when claiming `mandate'

I was quite amused and amazed when I read that David Craig had declared his narrow win over Ann Helton a "mandate." Always being a person that was curious about math and statistics, I decided to look at the numbers. Let's examine that "mandate." He lost his hometown of Havre de Grace where he had been mayor for eight years. He lost 31 precincts throughout the county. He lost every precinct in the Route 40/1-95 area that he represented when he was in the legislature. Those that knew him best said "no" to his candidacy. I was also amazed that on election day, he didn't receive 50 percent of the voter turnout. Yes, Ann Helton's vote total plus those not voting in the executive race totaled more than Craig's vote. What a mandate. What arrogance. What an ego. The developer attorneys he was sequestered with on election night must have convinced him it was a "mandate."

Doug Curry Aberdeen

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