Democrats & Independents for Merdon (Updated)
Posted by David Keelan on Tuesday, October 24, 2006
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Mary Catherine Cochran, daughter of former democratic County Executive Ed Cochran, and President of Howard County Preservation forwarded this very powerful press release to a couple of the Howard County Blogs.
I am not going to say much for two reasons:
1. A lot of these people have gone out on a limb, not for themselves but for their own integrity.
2. What could I possibly add that could enhance what these individuals have already said so well.
I am happy to be in their company – at least on this one.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 23, 2006 DEMOCRATIC AND INDEPENDENT GRASS ROOTS ACTIVISTS ENDORSE REPUBLICAN, CHRIS MERDON, FOR COUNTY EXECUTIVE.
We stand beneath the Tree of Life, more commonly known to most of us as the People Tree. It is a fitting place for our announcement today symbolizing as it does, the power of individual citizens working together to create a true community. We are here as individual voters, nearly all registered Democrats or Independents, to affirm that we strongly support Chris Merdon, Republican, for Howard County Executive.
We believe that he has the experience and temperament necessary to lead us into the next General Plan and that he will build a government that- in the words of Abraham Lincoln- is of the people, by the people and for the people.
Vaclav Havel said: “Genuine politics — the only politics I am willing to devote myself to — is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us.”
I believe each of you is a model of that philosophy. Representatives in our group have fought to effect positive change within our community, some for decades, and some of us for only months. Some of us were born here in this County and some of us are newcomers. Some of us live within the New Town of Columbia and others of us reside in Ellicott City, Elkridge and Western Howard County. [I am, in essence, surrounded by the heart and soul of Howard County. It is an honor to stand among you.]
We have educated ourselves on the issues of transportation, affordable housing, equal rights, zoning, public safety, agricultural and historic preservation, balanced budgets, education, the environment, development and the General Plan. We have been hands-on agents of change and keen observers of the political system and of the leadership abilities of our elected officials since before the election year process began and we believe that this perspective makes us uniquely qualified to make this endorsement. We, Democrats and Independents, strongly endorse Chris Merdon for County Executive.
- Martha Clark, Farmer, Owner, agri-business
- Angie Beltram, Founder of COPE, former County Council member
- Barbara Russell- Director, Columbia Association Board
- Cynthia Coile- Director, Columbia Association Board
- Rebecca Johnson- Coalition for Columbia’s Downtown
- Alec Adams- former chair of Democratic Central Committee
- Ann Jones- Environmentalist and VP of the Howard County Conservancy
- Mary Catherine Cochran, President Preservation Howard County
- Cathy Hudson- Environmental activist, Rockburn Land Trust
- Alice and Glen Webb- long time Democratic activists
- Vivian Bailey- long time Democratic activist and volunteer of the year
- Dottie Moore- Former Director of Head Start
- Cindy Ardinger- PTA and public education advocate
- John Lederer- Ellicott City activist
- Betty Adams- local attorney
- Regina Ford- Director of Public Relations, Turf Valley Resort
- Connie and Herb Coss- long time Democratic activists
- Joan Farragut- Democratic activist
- Janice and William Prince- Founders of “Voices of Children”
- Jessica Pearsall- Community activist
Martha Clark “I have had the opportunity to talk with Chris and watch him in action on the County Council and I am impressed by his integrity, openness and ability to work across party lines for the benefit of the people of Howard County. He is ready to address problems in the planning and zoning processes in the County and work with County residents who care about our quality of life.”
Angie Beltram “The first time I was eligible to vote – my vote went to John F. Kennedy. As a registered Democrat, party has always meant a lot to me and I have been active in Democratic politics since I was 21 years of age. In this election, I will vote for Democrat, Courtney Watson for County Council; Democrat, Ben Cardin for Senate; and Democrat, Martin O’Malley for Governor. My interest in land use, growth and zoning and MOST OF ALL – OPEN GOVERNMENT leads me to endorse open government over arrogance; Therefore, I choose open government and heartily endorse Chris Merdon for County Executive and hope my friends will, too.”
Barbara Russell “As a Democrat, I support Chris Merdon for County Executive because he has gone on record with a common-sense approach to the redevelopment of downtown Columbia. The redevelopment will impact all of Howard County but most especially the closest communities like my village of Oakland Mills.”
Cynthia Coile “Chris Merdon is the only candidate who has what it takes to lead Howard County….he has the strong background in business and can create a vision for Howard County that will have an impact for many generations. He also has the willingness to listen to the needs of the community as was evident when he stood on the council as the sole person who voted against the developers in CompLite.”
Rebecca Johnson “I vote for the best candidate, regardless of party. Thus, I have voted almost entirely Democratic for as long as I can remember. Once again this year, I am a strong supporter of the Democratic ticket, including statewide candidates O’Malley, Brown, and Cardin. But for Howard County Executive, I will be voting for Republican Chris Merdon. Chris combines experience and fiscal responsibility with a willingness to genuinely listen to citizens and to make decisions that are thoughtful and informed by all points of view. I especially appreciate Chris’s commitment to making sure that the critical Columbia Downtown development project proceeds with care, integrity, and respect for Columbia’s core values.”
E. Alexander Adams “As a former chairman of the Howard County Democratic Central Committee and native of Howard County, I strongly support Chris Merdon as the most experienced and best choice to manage Howard County’s $1.2 BILLION budget. He understands that County government should be non-partisan and managed for the benefit of all its citizens.”
Mary Catherine Cochran It’s time for us to move beyond the partisanship which divides us and to learn how to work together to create a stronger community. Chris Merdon has the ability to bridge our differences and lead us into the next generation.
Ann Jones “The preservation of Howard County’s historic, agricultural and environmental heritage will require a thoughtful and coordinated approach. Chris Merdon has proven that he is willing to examine the tough issues facing the county and suggest thoughtful solutions.”
Cathy Hudson “Chris has always been willing to hear all sides to an issue before making a thoughtful decision. He is the kind of leader that Howard County needs to restore confidence in our government, yet with the vision to help our county become even better.”
Alice Webb I have been a Democrat since I started voting in 1964 and have not missed a single election since. I think that the AARP commercial says it better than I could…”Don’t Vote until you know where the candidates stand on the issues that are important to you.” After looking at both candidates running for County Executive, I feel that I must vote for Chris Merdon because of all that he has done for the county and all that he plans to do and for all the hours that he has taken to listen to what the people think is important to Howard County.
Vivian Bailey “Chris Merdon has supervisory and management experience which his opponent lacks. Also, although close in age, Merdon shows much more maturity and none of the arrogance that Mr. Ulman exhibits.”
Dottie Moore “I support and stand committed to Chris Merdon because he is a man of integrity- a man with a vision and a purpose- a man of great passion and character who has demonstrated during his nearly eight years of public service to the Howard County community that he has earned the right to be our next County Executive and that he is more than worthy of this position.”
Cindy Ardinger “As a Republican who votes for the person and not the party, who gave up on an Independent designation due to limitations in the primary, I refuse to vote based solely on party affiliation. Qualification, not party, means more to me. Therefore my vote for Chris Merdon as County Executive will be based on his record, his integrity, and his plans for Howard County’s future.”
John Lederer “Chris Merdon has supported our communities on Frederick Road by helping us fight against high density infill development and we believe he will continue to fight against high density infill development as County Executive; therefore, I will be voting for Chris Merdon on November 7th.”
Betty Adams “As a 32 year resident of Howard County and as an attorney who works here as well, I support Chris Merdon for his recognition of responsible ways to deal with and manage growth in Columbia and in the rest of the County.”
Regina Ford “Chris Merdon has my vote for County Executive. As an Independent I never vote down party lines but always look at the individuals. Chris has demonstrated to me his sensitivity to the needs of all facets of Howard County, especially his strong stand on the Senior Tax Cuts. I am confident his leadership will guide Howard County to new levels of greatness!”
Chris has momentum going into the home stretch. I hope it keeps up. What this means is that Chris is being rewarded for what the Washington Post calls his:
“ability to work across party lines”
and what the Baltimore Sun believes is his ability to repair the
“growing distrust in government that may take some years to overcome.”
I am not holding my breath on the Howard County Times endorsement. Some people are telling me that they believe that the Patuxent Press is more interested in keeping their readership up than endorsing a Republican. I think Patuxnet is a good company and I don’t belive that statement. I think they will exercise their best judgement just as these individuals have. Whether I agree with the Patuxent Press’ judgement remains to be seen.