From Citizens To Elect Rovall Washington:
Edgewood resident Rovall Washington has entered the political arena this election year. His charge is to win the powerful Senate Seat in District 34, which represents Joppa, Edgewood, Aberdeen, Havre De Grace, Belcamp, the western part of Abingdon, and western parts of Cecil County.
Rovall Washington will bring a unique dynamic to the Maryland Senate if he champions his opponents. He will be the first African-American to ever be elected to a term in Annapolis from Harford and Cecil Counties. “I am not focusing on the race issue. I never have. We all need solid leadership from someone who understands the issues real Marylanders are facing. I know them because I’ve faced them myself and I understand what people want”, said the Senatorial candidate.
“The current Senator has been in Annapolis for over 15 years. The only time you see her in the community is during election years. The issues we are facing as a state financially are equally hers to blame. She is part of the problem. I think government is reaching too far into our pockets to cover their wants instead of restructuring our current agenda to manage what we need. Maryland is taking advantage of the small business owner. The proposed hotel tax in Harford County is the perfect example of that”, says the 33-year-old father of three.
“We need someone who knows what it is like to raise a family on a budget. Someone who knows what it is like to choose between filling up your tank and buying food for the family. We need someone who wants to see our children become something special and not just a statistic. I am here for that reason. I am that person”, says Rovall Washington.
To become the next State Senator and own a part of history, Rovall Washington must beat fellow Democrat Art Helton in the primary this September. When asked what is the difference between him and his challenger, Washington simply smiled and said, “ I don’t understand how a millionaire in Darlington can really understand what a person trying to make ends meet here in Edgewood, Joppa, and Aberdeen are going through. He is out of touch with the base. Don’t tell me about what happened in the 70’s and 80’s. Tell me about now. I’m out here working with community programs and functions to make things better now. I’m not just showing up in time for a photo.”
Washington continued to express his concern about an issue that has followed Mr. Helton for many years. The State Senate candidate states, “ As far I can see, he doesn’t even live in the district he is trying to run in. He and his wife live in Darlington next to Senator Barry Glassman on nine acres of land with a pool and animals. Now all of a sudden he moved into a small row house in Joppa. The neighbors don’t even know who he is.”
“The law states that you must live in the district you wish to represent. The Board of Elections has already caught him trying to undermine the election law on this before. Now he is trying to do it again. You can not be the Governor of Maryland and live in Virginia.”
Rovall Washington is referring to a ruling made against the Darlington resident in the 2002 case of Barbara Osborn Kreamer vs. Harford County Board of Elections. In the case, Mr. Helton was forced to change his voter registration address to match his address in Darlington after an investigation proved that he was using his business address as his place of residence in order to vote in District 34. It also showed that Helton has changed his voter registration address five times since 2002. All of which revert back to his address in Darlington by his own request. New speculation is now arising about his current residence in Joppa’s Rumsey Island community.
Rovall Washington has gathered strong support from the community, evident by the impressive display of billboard yard signs showing up all over District 34. “ People know that I understand their pain and that I want to take steps to eliminated their problems, not only as a community, but as a state.”
“ I have made a career by taking once prominent dealerships across the region and bringing them back to life. I’ve managed million dollar budgets and know what steps are needed to revitalized District 34 and make Harford and Cecil the premier counties in Maryland. We must give Edgewood the resources and local leadership to move to the forefront of Harford County’s growth and not become another overlooked town. We need to utilize state funds available to us to maximize the use of Route 40 and bring high-end retail to our part of the county to increase the value of our homes and improve the local economy. We need to take back our youth and show them what can become of them and how to get there. We also need to set term limits to stop politicians looking to get rich off the position because this is not what Thomas Jefferson envisioned in our leaders.”
“I am not a career politician. I am a person who genuinely cares and wants to make a difference. My candidacy for Senator is one all can believe in. I am you. I am Rovall Washington. I serve the voters in my district, not my political affiliation”, concluded the Senatorial hopeful.
Rovall Washington was raised on a thoroughbred farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. In high school he was an All- American in basketball and later went to college at Florida A&M University. Rovall Washington began his career as producer for Black Entertainment Television’s BET Tonight With Tavis Smiley. When the company moved to New York, Mr. Washington followed his brother’s advice and found employment in the automotive sales business. He has served as a General Sales Manager for 6 years and Finance Manager for 3 years with the Antwerpen Automotive Group in Baltimore. He is currently a member of the Joppatowne Community Council and the African-American Democratic Club. He currently sponsors a program called “ The I Deal Hope Award”, which allows students to spend a day at Sirius-XM Studios in Washington, DC to learn how radio broadcast are put together and meet special guests and musical celebrities as a reward for exemplary performance in their community.