From the Helton for Senate campaign:
Maryland’s teachers and education specialists have endorsed Art Helton in his bid to become the next State Senator from Senate District 34, which includes the southern area of Harford County as well as western and Northern areas of Cecil County.
The Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) advised Mr. Helton that he is their choice for the senate seat after receiving recommendations from the Harford County Education Association, their local affiliate, and the MSEA Fund for Children and Public Education Steering Committee. “Best wishes and good luck on your campaign,” said Clara Floyd, MSEA president, in her letter announcing the endorsement.
“I am honored that Maryland’s teachers, and in particular, our local teachers, have chosen me as their candidate for the state senate,” Helton said. “Their endorsement shows they have confidence in my abilities to get things done in Annapolis that will benefit our school systems here in Harford and Cecil counties.”
Helton pointed out that he has a strong record of support for education during his previous stint as a Senator during the 1980’s. “I was instrumental in Harford County receiving state funding for 12 new schools during my term, a feat not achieved by our current senator during her 12 years in office,” Helton said. “I was responsible for many legislative initiatives that are now law, including legislation increasing the State’s share of funding for Community Colleges and a law redefining local school budget categories giving local governments better financial control. “
Helton said, “I know how to get things done. I know how to work with legislators, local governments and the private sector to make sure we get the best value for our tax dollars. I greatly appreciate the confidence the MSEA has show in me by their endorsement of my candidacy, and I will do everything possible to make sure our public school systems get their fair share of education dollars. Our children will not be left behind on my watch.”