[Editor’s note: The Dagger does not make endorsements in political races]
From James “Jim” D. Thornton:
TO THE READERS OF THE DAGGER
Many people have asked me how I felt about the Aegis not endorsing a candidate in this year’s election for President of the Harford County Council.
Frankly, it would have been very easy for the Aegis to endorse my opponent — after all, he has been in office for 12 years as a councilman, and has been vice-chair of the council. But the Aegis didn’t endorse my opponent. It called into question exactly what my campaign has also noted, again and again: that my opponent’s voting record does not match the wishes of his constituents, or the best interests of the county. The Aegis editors concluded that, based on the positions and actions he has taken during his long tenure in office, they could not endorse my opponent’s candidacy.
I also welcome the Aegis citing my corporate and business experience as a senior executive at MBNA America Bank, N.A., and as a vice president of Sears, Roebuck & Co., even though I have never actually held elected public office. The Aegis also noted that I am and have been an outspoken and active member of the Board of Education. It is exactly this experience that I believe is needed to lead the County Council.
This campaign has been hard-fought, and it’s not over yet. Throughout, we have been very careful to keep criticisms of our opponent strictly confined to his record in office, which we find lacking, and to his overall management experience, which we find insufficient. We have listened to the complaints of his constituents that he has failed or refused to meet with them or even hear their needs and concerns, and we have given some of his very disappointed former supporters a platform to express themselves as citizens of Harford County and as voters in this election. The light of truth illuminates all things.
Endorsing candidates is a very serious matter. We would have been delighted to have received the Aegis’ endorsement in the General Election, as we received it in the primary. But in any event, if I am elected President of the Harford County Council, I will provide the leadership and independent direction that it has lacked, and I will afford the Aegis and every other medium and news organ in this county and beyond total access to me, and the opportunity to endorse my future candidacy, without equivocation.
Very truly yours,
James “Jim” D. Thornton
Candidate for Harford County Council President