The following was sent to The Dagger on behalf of Jim Thornton:
Harford County School Board member and democrat Jim Thornton will announce that he is running for Harford County Council President next week, and will share his vision for the future.
Jim said, “This is not the time to stabilize the council or maintain the status quo. This is the time to make things happen, and I firmly believe I am the person to make that happen. I am ready to dedicate myself to facing the difficult issues that confront Harford County.”
The announcement will be made at the front entrance outside of the County Council office building in Bel Air located at 212 S. Bond Street on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 4:30 p.m.
James D. Thornton is the co-founder and principal of Thorwood Real Estate Group, LLC, based in Bel Air. In this role, he is responsible for the development of strategy and the acquisition of properties for redevelopment as multi-family units in the Baltimore Region. Jim’s previous experiences include several years in senior management positions with two major Fortune 100 companies. More specifically, he was Senior Executive Vice President of MBNA America Bank, N.A. (prior to being acquired by Bank of America). MBNA was the largest independent credit card lender. He was also Vice President and General Manager with the Sears Tire Group and Sears Automotive.
In addition, he has significant Board of Directors involvement. He has served on the Board of the Baltimore Museum of Arts since 2004 and the Harford County Board of Education since 2011. In addition, he has served on the Harford County Liquor Board, Fund for Educational Excellence Board in Baltimore, and the Highlands School Board in Harford County. Jim also was a member of the Visteon Corporate Board in Van Buren Township, Michigan to help make major decisions to return 23 plants to Ford Motor Company, a critical step needed to solidify the future of Visteon.
Jim received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Talladega College in Economics and is a veteran. A native of Ashford, Alabama, Jim is the husband of Lorayne and the father of two sons, Anthony and Reginald. He is also the proud grandfather of Anthony, Jr.