From Barbara Risacher, Co-Chair, Friends of Art Helton:
To Whomever It May Concern:
When a person decides to run for public office, there is always the possibility that attempts will be made to smear that person’s integrity and moral character with false rumors and innuendo. Such attempts have been made against Art Helton, who has announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination to the State Senate from District 34.
Mr. Helton has long been involved in redeveloping underused commercial properties in the Aberdeen area into vibrant, tax producing properties for use by local businesses, resulting in new job opportunities for local residents. It is his ownership of one such property that has led some of his political opponents to try to smear his good name.
Here are the facts:
– A tenant in one of his commercial properties fell behind in rent payments and could not complete her obligations, resulting in a request to vacate the property.
– Angered and disappointed with the failure of her business, the tenant filed a police report alleging certain actions which were later proved to be untrue following an investigation by the Aberdeen Police and the State’s Attorney.
– The tenant subsequently signed a letter to Mr. Helton apologizing for “filing these unfounded charges” against him.
Art Helton has been an upstanding member of the Aberdeen and Harford County business community and has done so much to improve the quality of life for everyone. It is unfortunate that his political opponents feel they must resort to a smear campaign against him.
As Co-Chair of his campaign for the State Senate, I can attest to his honesty, integrity and moral character. His opponents appear to be lacking in those qualities.
Barbara Risacher, Co-Chair, Friends of Art Helton.