From the New Harford Democratic Club:
General Membership Meeting
December 3, 2014
Meeting called to order at 7:03pm by Vice President Steve Johnson.
Pledge of Allegiance
A motion to approve minutes of the November 5 meeting was made by George Harrison, seconded by Tom Myers. The motion was approved unanimously.
Treasurer’s Report (George Harrison)
Account: $11,422.25. There is no money in the PA account, as it was spent during the campaign.
A motion to approve the Treasurer’s report was made by Tom Myers, seconded by Cassandra Beverley. The motion was approved unanimously.
Tom Myers mentioned that the Central Committee will hold a General Election wrap-up early January. The 2014 candidates will be invited to take part in the discussion. The Central Committee will hold their regular meeting on Tuesday, January 27th at the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Southern Precinct in Edgewood. The State Central Committee will be meeting this Saturday and attendees are asked to bring a canned, non-perishable items for a canned food drive.
No report from the African-American Democratic Club.
No reports from Young Dems.
No report from the Main Street Dems.
Recognition of 2014 Candidates
Cassandra Beverley, Board of Education, District B
Bob Frisch, Board of Education, District A
Art Kaff, Board of Education, District E
Recognition of First-Time Guests
Jerry and Barbara Hersl (English Country Manor, Bel Air)
Joyce Jamison (APG)
The speakers for the program are Jansen Robinson and Tom Fitzpatrick, newly elected members of the Board of Education.
JANSEN ROBINSON-Mr. Robinson is the Chairman of the Edgewood Community Council. He was previously the Director of Security to the DC school system. Mr. Robinson wants to reach out to the community before he is sworn in as in the past, he has been critical of those who did not maintain contact with their constituents. Mr. Robinson wants to continue meetings with the Community Advisory Council, even better than Dion Guthrie during his time on the County Council. Mr. Robinson will not take office until the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2015.
TOM FITZPATRICK- Mr. Fitzpatrick was appointed two years ago. He stated that he won despite not having the support of the Harford County Teacher’s Union. Mr. Fitzpatrick knew he had a tough campaign ahead of him. Mr. Fitzpatrick talked about the tough financial situation for the County Government as well as the school system, whose budget has flat lined for last 5 years to the point where teachers are leaving Harford County for Cecil and York (PA) counties. Mr. Fitzpatrick noted that new County Executive Barry Glassman had a plan to restructure the county government, but not the school system. Currently, the county spends 44 cents of every dollar on education. When David Craig took office, the county spent 53 cents of every dollar on education.
A discussion ensued of the state of education in Harford County.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:31p.m.
Thomas C. Myers, Secretary