Pastor Antonio (Tony) McDonald of Fountain of Life Fellowship Church in Edgewood is the first candidate seeking a newly-electable Harford County Board of Education seat.
A licensed and ordained pastor since 1999, McDonald came from a troubled past (detailed on his church’s website) to end up forming his own church that met in the basement of his own home.
“The word spread throughout Edgewood. The church moved from Pastor’s home to the Woodbridge Community Center. God sent the increase and in March 2002 the church relocated to Magnolia Middle School. Once again God sent the increase and in January 2006 the church relocated to 1918 Pulaski Hwy., where we currently reside today. God is still sending the increase, our future church home will be built on our land located on Trimble Road.”
Harford County Councilman Dion Guthrie, who is taking some of the credit for drafting McDonald to become a candidate, joined the pastor Thursday morning at the Elections Office in Forest Hill as both officially declared their candidacies.
“I was a big advocate of an elected school board and I was very proud when we approached Pastor Tony and he stepped up. He best represents the area. The current school board member [Mark Wolkow] is inaccessible. You never see him. The point of an elected school board is it makes the board member more responsible to the citizens,” Guthrie said.
An active member of the Edgewood community, McDonald currently serves on the Board of Directors for Home Partnership Inc. and is a member of the Harford County Community Mediation Commission. He has three children – two graduates of Harford County Public Schools and one attending Edgewood Middle School.
GUTHRIE FORGOES SENATE RUN, SEEKS RE-ELECTION TO COUNCIL
Despite strong speculation he would run seek the District 34 State Senate seat, Guthrie turned in the appropriate paperwork Thursday morning to file for re-election to his Harford County Council District A seat representing Edgewood and Joppa.
“There’s too many things on my plate not to run back for my district seat,” Guthrie said Thursday morning.
Guthrie rattled off a list of pressing issues in his district, including dredging in Joppatowne, seeing the construction of the new Edgewood High and Deerfield Elementary schools through to completion, and concerns about the construction of an incinerator plant, but admitted he looked closely at a senate run.
Guthrie said a poll of his constituents indicated they wanted him to return to the council by a vote of 70/30. But Guthrie also said polls showed that he could have beaten former senator Art Helton in the Democratic Primary Election for the District 34 state senate seat and “I would beat the incumbent [Nancy Jacobs].”
Guthrie, 71, said, “At my age, I don’t have this urge to be a senator or a delegate” and that, as a lobbyist in Annapolis, “I know how tough it is to get anything done.”
HELTON SEEKS DISTRICT 34 STATE SENATE SEAT
On the day before his would-be Primary Election opponent (Guthrie) decided to officially bow out of the race and roughly eight months since he temporarily set aside his own campaign due to health issues, Art Helton announced Wednesday he is running for the 34th District Senate seat which represents the southern area of Harford County and western and northern areas of Cecil County.
Helton told a group of enthusiastic supporters at a rallies in downtown Aberdeen and in Charlestown, Cecil County, he is “a believer in effective and efficient government, and that is not what we are getting now.”
“I believe in elected officials working together, free from partisanship and bickering,” he told supporters. “The very premise and promise of my campaign is based on positive results, hard work and common sense. I don’t care about party label…there’s no Democratic and Republican way to fund new school construction…just the right way for all of our children…to give them the opportunity to succeed.“
Helton said he has been successful in business as an operator of several auto service centers and as a redeveloper of commercial properties, because he knew it was important to budget carefully and invest in the future.
I believe in a government that invests in our future, much like I had to do in my businesses,” he said. “I believe in investing in our education system—from k to 12, and on through community colleges and four year higher education. I believe in investing in jobs created through economic development and trained in our education system.”
“I believe in investing in our transportation system—our roads, bridges, rail and airport and seaports. I believe in investing in public safety—our state police, county and municipal departments. This includes our fire and rescue services, medivac system and homeland security. And I believe in investing in programs to insure a quality of life for our senior citizens and our veterans.”
Helton criticized the current District 34 Senator, Republican Nancy Jacobs, for failing to support these investments.
“Why do I say these investments need to be met?” he asked. “Because our current Senator has voted against all of the funding for these investments for the last three years.”
“We need a Senator who knows the difference between investments needing funding and just saying ‘no.’ We need a Senator whose life’s career has been spent making choices and budget decisions so that these services are delivered efficiently and effectively.”
Helton also noted he has heard from many residents of both Cecil and Harford county their concern that Jacobs has been noticeably absent from the district for much of her term.
“It’s said that 80 per cent of success in life is just showing up,” he said. “I’ll do better than that…I’ll show up and I’ll be effective. I’ll be there for you.”
Helton is a graduate of Bel Air High School where he excelled in three sports, and the University of Baltimore, where he received a degree in industrial management. He went into management at Western Auto before opening his own franchise operations. His Aberdeen store became the number one operation in the system.
After retiring from the retail business, Art and his wife of 28 years, Ann, began rehabilitating underused and abandoned commercial properties. His success in these endeavors resulted in millions of dollars added to the city and county tax base and hundreds of new jobs for the area.
Helton was a member of Harford county’s first county council after the creation of charter government in the 1970’s. He went on to serve in State Senate for two terms where he served on the Budget and Taxation committee and helped develop the state’s debt affordability and spending affordability guidelines.
Although Helton will not have to face Guthrie in the Primary Election, he does face opposition from Edgewood Democrat Rovall Washington.
OTHER NEW CANDIDATE FILINGS
– David “SKI” Mioduszewski, a Democrat from Baltimore, has filed to run for the District 7 House of Delegates seat representing Eastern Baltimore/Western Harford counties.
– James Ward Morrow, a Democrat from Essex, has filed to run for the District 7 House of Delegates seat representing Eastern Baltimore/Western Harford counties.
– Dave Seman, a Republican from Jarrettsville, has filed to run for the District 35A House of Delegates seat representing northern Harford County.
– Russ Kovach, a Democrat from Darlington, has filed to run for a Male position on the Harford County Democratic Central Committee.
– Paula Mullis, a Republican from Joppatowne, has filed to run for the Harford County Republican Central Committee.
DAVID CRAIG PROVIDES “NOTES FROM THE TRAIL”
While not yet a filed candidate for re-election, Harford County Executive David Craig has sent the following letter out to supporters:
Thank you for your friendship and support over the past several years – it means a great deal to Melinda and I. With your support, I have been able to accomplish important goals to maintain a bright future for our children and grandchildren. Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter “Notes from the Trail”. I look forward to connecting with you, often.
In a few weeks, I will officially announce my candidacy for Harford County Executive. However, you are receiving this newsletter prior to my announcement because you are amongst a group of individuals who I consider to be the backbone of my re-election campaign. We are at a critical moment in Harford County’s history and steady leadership is what is needed to get us through these very extraordinary times.
Today, I am reaching out to you, asking you to TAKE ACTION and get involved in my re-election campaign. I cannot do this alone – I am building a grass root’s campaign in every corner of Harford County – volunteers are a crucial aspect of the success of my campaign. I will need your help walking neighborhoods, making phone calls, working at campaign headquarters and attending my events. I will continue to use this newsletter as a way to connect to you, my supporters, and to share exciting news and upcoming events.
How You Can Help
Click here to join my team so that we can continue the efforts of “Preserving Harford’s Past and Promoting Harford’s Future”, together!
I will rely on volunteers to SPREAD THE WORD – make phone calls, volunteer time at campaign headquarters, help at my events, and walk door-to-door.
Visit my website, www.davidcraig.com and add me as a friend on FACEBOOK!
I am happy to announce that I will be sharing my campaign headquarters with Governor Ehrlich’s campaign team. We both look forward to this exciting opportunity.
An invitation to the official 2010 Campaign Headquarters Open House will come soon! For those of you who need bumper stickers or volunteer information, stop by! Campaign Headquarters is located at:
118 S. Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
Community Breakfast Events
The Community Breakfast Events have generated crowds, as well as, tremendous energy. So far, we have concluded stops in Havre de Grace, Aberdeen, Edgewood and Bel Air. Be sure to check out our videos from these events here.
Thank you to our special guests ad volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to support my re-election campaign. Your efforts are truly appreciated!
I am proud and honored to announce that I have received the following endorsements for my re-election campaign:
Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey – Former member of the Maryland General Assembly and Republican nominee for Governor (1994, 1998).
Larry Hogan – Former Maryland Cabinet Secretary
Helen Delich Bentley – Five-term Maryland Congresswoman
Louis M. Pope – Maryland Committeeman – Republican National Committee
Joyce Terhes – Maryland Committeewoman – Republican National Committee
Sen. Nancy Jacobs – Harford County, District 34 & Senate Minority Whip
Del. Anthony O’Donnell – House Minority Leader
Jansen Robinson – Chair, Edgewood Community Council
I have been fortunate enough to spend over three decades serving the wonderful citizens of Harford County. I have followed republican principles, including fiscal responsibility and common sense governing to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Harford County. With your help, I can defeat my opponents in September and continue my vision.
I will have more exciting news and events coming soon, so keep checking back at www.davidcraig.com and add me as a friend on FACEBOOK. Thank you for your friendship and support!
OTHER CAMPAIGN EVENTS
– Michael S. Birch for Register of Wills Fundraiser Event on Tuesday, May 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air.
– The Friends of Patrick McGrady will host a Wine Tasting Fundraiser to support the Patrick McGrady for State Delegate Campaign on Saturday, May 22, 2010 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mount Felix Vineyard and Winery (2000 Level Road Havre De Grace, MD 21078). Tickets are available for $50 per person, or $90 per couple, and event sponsorships are available as well. RSVP with your check payable to: Friends of Patrick Mcgrady, PO Box 794, Aberdeen, Maryland 21001. For more information please call 410-357-1234 or email Patrick@McGradyforDelegate.com
– Harford County Councilmen Capt’n Jim McMahan and Joe Woods will hold a joint fundraiser at the Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air. “Pay Tribute to Our Veterans. Come enjoyed Fun, Food, and Music by Julienne Irwin.” May 26, 2010 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Contribution $30 per person. Event Sponsor- $500 (includes 2 tickets and recognition @ event).
– Marilyn Booker for House of Delegates 7th District Fundraiser Bullroast on Sunday, June 6 from 3-7 p.m. at the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department.
– A Day in the park to support John Paff for State Delegate 34A on Sunday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Flying Point Park in Edgewood.