The Harford County Education Association Endorses Pro-Public Education Candidates
From the Harford County Education Association:
The Harford County Education Association announced several endorsements for local and state pro-public education candidates today: Pat Vincenti (County Council, District E), Rachel Gauthier (Board of Education, District E); Jeffrey Elliot (House of Delegates, District 35B); Andrew Cassilly (House of Delegates, District 35B); Cassandra Beverley (House of Delegates, District 34B); and Mary-Dulany James (State Senate, District 34).
“All of these candidates have shown a steadfast commitment to our community, our schools, our teachers, and our students,” said HCEA President Ryan Burbey. “Harford educators look forward to working with them on the campaign trail and in office to solve the challenges that face our county.”
“I am truly humbled and honored to receive the HCEA’s endorsement,” said Pat Vincenti. “There is no question that the Harford County Government and the County Council want to ensure that our children and our grandchildren continue to have the quality educators, technology, and facilities they need to succeed. I will do all I can to promote and strengthen the quality and excellence we are accustomed to in HCPS.”
“HCEA is excited to endorse three educators for higher office—Rachel Gauthier, Jeffrey Elliot, and Andrew Cassilly,” said Burbey. “The knowledge and experience they bring about what our students need make them uniquely qualified to serve and advocate for our schools.”
“During my 14 years of experience as a middle school counselor, I’ve seen the impact that decisions made out outside of the classroom, make directly on the classroom,” said Gautier. “Transparency and communication are key in getting everyone to understand and address the challenges we are facing in education today.”
“I have been a teacher with Harford County Public Schools since 2002, and have seen firsthand that the funding for our school system does not meet the needs of our students or faculty and staff,” said Elliot. ”Change is needed because we are failing where funds are needed most. I will work to make changes to improve our district, our county, and our state.”
Over the course of his career with HCPS, Andrew Cassilly has served our community and our children well.
“I am extremely honored to be endorsed by the HCEA,” said Cassilly. “As the HCPS resource conservation manager, I’ve championed efficiency and expanded the technology available to our students, while also saving valuable resources and funds. I will work hard to make sure our community’s voice is heard in Annapolis.”
HCEA also endorsed a school board member and longtime parent advocate, Cassandra Beverley. “I’m very honored to receive this endorsement,” said Beverly. “I greatly admire our teachers for their dedication and commitment to students and our future.”
“We are also proud to endorse Mary-Dulany James,” said Burbey. “She has always been a strong supporter of education in Harford County and the State of Maryland. As someone who was educated in Harford County public schools, she knows the importance of a quality education and fights to protect education funding in Annapolis. One of her proudest accomplishments was the passage of the Thornton Act in 2002, which increased the State’s education funding by 82% and resulted in Maryland’s ranking as the top public education system in the United States.”
HCEA vets all candidates for endorsement through a careful selection process, which includes completion of a questionnaire and interviews with educators. All candidates were given the opportunity to participate in the HCEA endorsement process.
Former Gov. Ehrlich Endorses Gahler for Harford County Sheriff
From the Gahler for Sheriff Campaign:
On Friday, former Governor Robert “Bob” Ehrlich joined more than four hundred community members from across Harford County at a fundraising event in support of Jeff Gahler to be the next Sheriff of Harford County. During his appearance, Governor Ehrlich formally endorsed Gahler and underscored that he is the most competent candidate to improve the quality of life for all public safety professionals and citizens in the county.
In his remarks, Ehrlich went on to say that Gahler’s experience as a former State Police Commander has given him the unique experience to understand and lead the state’s largest Sheriff’s office and serve the residents, business owners and visitors of Harford County just like he has done for the last 28 years for the people of Maryland.
“The citizens of Harford County deserve the best possible service from government, especially from their sheriff,” said Ehrlich. “It is clear that Jeff is the right man for the job. Therefore, in an effort to improve the quality of life for all public safety professionals and the citizens of Harford County, I am proud to endorse Jeff Gahler for Harford County Sheriff.”
The Governor’s endorsement joins a growing list of support from community members, retired Sheriff’s office command staff members and elected officials including, former Sheriff’s William J. Kunkel and R. Thomas Golding and Maryland State Senator Nancy Jacobs. Gahler was also recently endorsed by the Harford County Correctional Association, an organization that is made up of Sheriff’s Office employees holding the ranks of Deputy through Captain at the Harford County Detention Center.
Jeff Gahler is a 37 year resident of Harford County and resides in the Forest Hill Community with his wife, Sonya, and their two daughters, Shelby and Sydney. He is a North Harford High School and Harford Community College graduate and obtained both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Gahler is a member of the adjunct faculty within the Public Safety Leadership Program at Johns Hopkins University and is an operating partner with the Advanced Leadership Consortium, a company committed to providing quality training and consulting services to public safety organizations and private businesses.
Parents Choice of Maryland Endorses Guthrie for County Council District A
From Parents Choice of Maryland:
Dear Mr. Guthrie,
Parents Choice of Maryland is proud to announce that you have received our 2014 endorsement for County Council, District A, Harford County (General Election). We view you as someone who can lead. From your website content and other sources we believe that you will work to protect our children, our environment and our jobs in that order. It is apparent that you want to provide the opportunity for our children and grandchildren to have a better quality of life than we had. And you have demonstrated to us, through words and deeds that that you care and you are compassionate. Perhaps most important of all, you will address the needs of the voter over all others, especially special interests and political activists. We are proud of you.
Each and every person that we have endorsed this year exhibits the attributes that are descriptive of you and your campaign. If all of you, from both major parties and the third parties we have endorsed, can find a way to carry forward your heart felt desire to move our State in a positive direction and improve our overall quality of life we could be living in a completely different atmosphere of hope. Please work hard and find a way to bind our state’s fractured sense of what the future holds and bring us together as one people with a common cause. We are hiring you for the next few years to lead and lead you must. We are sorely lacking in that department and we are placing our trust in you. Now you must earn it every day.
Always remember, that the seat you hold belongs to the people, not the occupant, as so many in office believe today. Political leadership is not a career or even an occupation; it is a duty and a responsibility that should be treated with honor and respect.
Good luck with your campaign.
The Editorial Board
Parents Choice of Maryland
James Proud to be Endorsed by AFSCME and Maryland Fraternal Order of Police
From Friends of Mary-Dulany James:
I am proud to share that AFSCME Maryland Council 3, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, has endorsed my campaign for election to the Maryland Senate.
AFSCME’s members provide the vital services that make America happen. They are nurses, corrections officers, child care providers, EMTs, sanitation workers and more. I share that vision of fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.
Like the members of AFSCME, I believe that serving the public is not just a job, it’s a calling. I join AFSCME in supporting the vital services that keep our families safe and make our communities strong, and in advocating for prosperity and opportunity for all of America’s working families.
I share AFSCME’s commitment to public service. Please join AFSCME and vote to help me fight for our working families in the Maryland Senate!
I am proud that the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the state’s largest police union, has endorsed me for election to the Maryland Senate.
Our police officers count on the legislature to give them the tools they need to keep our communities safe. That’s why I helped pass a tough new law to crack down on sexual predators and gangs.