The first candidate to file for the first Board of Education elections in Harford County is dropping out of the race in District A (Edgewood/Joppa).
Pastor Antonio (Tony) McDonald of Fountain of Life Fellowship Church in Edgewood told The Dagger that he is abandoning the effort because of other commitments and because of problems getting his campaign team together.
“I didn’t have the buy-in from the team that I needed…I have so many other things going on that I couldn’t fully commit to it the way I wanted to,” McDonald said.
McDonald said he was putting his full support behind fellow District A candidate Jansen Robinson. McDonald denied that anyone had encouraged him to drop out of the race.
The deadline has passed to get his name removed from the official Election Day ballot, but McDonald said he planned to make a public announcement regarding his withdrawal to his congregation next Sunday and said he would consider another run in four years.
Harford County Councilman Dion Guthrie had been central in McDonald’s candidacy – from talking him through a change in political party affiliation to walking him into the Elections Office to file for the Board of Education seat.
In an email Monday evening, Guthrie said he agreed with McDonald’s decision.
“Pastor Tony and I spoke about his droping out of the race and I agree with him. Some problems came up in his church, which required his full attention. Both Pastor Tony and myself have put our full support behine Jansen Robinson for the Board of Ed and Rovall Washington for Senate,” Guthrie wrote.