You’ve no doubt heard about it by now, so here it is for your perusal – the full contents of the mysterious letter mailed Saturday to registered voters in the City of Aberdeen.
What’s so curious about the letter is the entity which purportedly mailed it, Concerned Citizens For a Fair Aberdeen Election, used the address for another prominent citizens group, Aberdeen Communities Together.
The letter, as you can see for yourself, asks for Art Helton, a former state senator and member of the New Harford Democratic Club; Steve Johnson, chairman of the city’s Economic Development Commission and a potential city council candidate if the Harford County Circuit Court validates his candidacy; and Steve’s wife, Julie, to be taken off the city voter rolls. The back of the letter contains a petition for citizens to fill out and mail to city elections judge and former city council president Gina Bantum regarding the rights of the trio to participate in Aberdeen elections.
The ACT group (formerly the Say No Annex group, I believe, though now wearing blue instead of the sea of red that swept into city hall during the Wetlands annexation debates), suspects more political subterfuge from Mayor S. Fred Simmons and his gang.
Specifically, they blame Steve Wright, Simmons’ campaign worker, business partner in the Simmons-Wright Airpark and who you may remember as the guy that did $100,000 worth of work for the city in about 4 months without ever having a signed contract.
A few months back, in a sneaky yet completely legal move, Wright trademarked the name “Friends of Aberdeen,” which the citizens group had already been using for about 8 or 9 months. Founding member of the group, Chuck Doty, also reminds me how the Say No Annex group had its “Save the Wetlands” message co-opted by Simmons, Wright, Smedley, et al in an attempt to convince the public the annexation was the only way to save the Wetlands…golf course, that is.
Doty tells me, “It appears that the ‘powers that be’ are terribly afraid of losing the third and controlling seat on the City Council, so if by chance S. Fred Simmons is indeed re-elected (which by our talks with the voters on their door-steps for the last two weekends, he hasn’t a chance), he could no longer drive the bus’ as he has this past couple of years.”
So what do you think, does this mailer expose the political manipulations of Helton/Johnson or introduce another political manipulation on the part of Simmons/Wright?