From Rovall Washington, former candidate for the Maryland State Senate, District 34:
To Whom It May Concern,
Over the last two years I have campaigned across Harford County and Cecil County, meeting citizens face to face to better understand the needs of those whom my candidacy would greatly affect. As I spent endless hours door knocking and engulfing myself in the issues that are most pertinent to the residents of Joppa, Edgewood, Aberdeen, Havre De Grace, Port Deposit, and other towns throughout the district, I felt that someone who can help revive our economy would be best suited to take on this task.
The economy is why I reached out to find companies, like New Jersey’s S&K Technologies, that were willing to move or expand their operations to Harford County. This economy has become a heavy cloud hovering over our residents pouring nothing but pain and despair on our lives. Our unemployment rate has risen to nearly 9 percent. When you take into account those who are under-employed and those who are no longer factored in the unemployed statistics, the real number is a more disturbing 16 percent. That means one out of every six residents is either unemployed or underemployed. This tells me that the only true answer people are voting for are JOBS.
My personal endorsement for the 2010 General Election of the next State Senator in District 34 must be a decision that benefits those same people that I shook hands with, hugged, and had intimate conversations about their personal troubles and situations. Not my own. It is a decision that I sat down with and prayed about. It is the right decision for what I feel my district needs in this dire of times. I choose to give my full support and ask those who voted and supported my candidacy to now support Arthur Helton to be our next Senator for District 34.
Arthur Helton and I have had our disagreements in and out of the cameras view, over the issue of residency and tactics. But as Judge Emory Plitt ruled that residency is where a person says it is, I promised I would not fight against the court’s decision. He does undoubtedly own a residence in our community and has owned and operated a successful land development and property management firm that year over year puts more people back to work.
I have personally had conversations, with not only Arthur Helton, but our Governor as well, about where my support should lie. One thing is certain; that it is important that someone looking to serve our constituent’s greatest need be in this position to do what we all hope occurs… Bring Us Jobs! More than anything, Arthur Helton is a real man. He is a person who knows what must be done and goes about getting things resolved, regardless what others may think. It is success he chases for those he serves, nothing more. As our next Senator, he will stand against the gridlock in Annapolis and find the route that best brings us the resolve we are all looking for. He cares not about his reputation and status, but the progress and solutions to the issues we harbor.
For this commitment, I know Arthur Helton has for the concerns of District 34 in his heart and on his mind. I am giving my support to him for the General Election on November 2nd. This is a serious decision. We must choose a person that personally has the qualifications to negotiate and bring us the jobs, funding, and development to Harford and Cecil Counties to get the thousands of voters back to work.
Thank you for your time, support, and commitment to progress for our communities.
Rovall M Washington
Former Candidate for the Maryland State Senate, District 34