Every time I look at the title of this blog, I am reminded that the focus is intended to be Howard County. I thought I would give a quick review of some of the candidates that are popping up and some preliminary observations.
Anthony Jordan, County Council District 2. I've been up front with my involvement with Anthony's campaign. We actually just had a meeting yesterday attended by some great folks that are excited about what may be possible in this campaign. Anthony is from Michigan, so he may not have the financial links available to most other candidates, but what he lacks in funds he makes up for in energy. Also, I wouldn't feel comfortable working with a candidate that is being bankrolled by a legion of puppeteers. People always say they want money out of politics, and I think Anthony gives them the opportunity to make that happen (but they'll have to put up some money of their own to help him along).
Robert Flanagan, County Council District 1. Evidently there are whispers on both sides of the "aisle" that Courtney Watson is a vulnerable candidate for a number of reasons that I won't go into here. District 1 was also a GOP stronghold prior to Courtney's election. Expect Bob to raise a lot of money, knock on a lot of doors (he's already started), and bring one hell of a campaign to the county. This is a Harvard Grad, former Secretary of Transportation, with plenty of political know-how.
John Bailey, State Delegate, District 12B. John has been heavily involved in HoCo GOP politics for the past 8 years. He was the campaign manager for Donna Thewes who ran for county council in 2006. It will be interesting to see whether this helps him or hurts him.
Ed Priola, State Delegate, District 13. Here's a candidate that is making "TEA" into a campaign slogan. This is another candidate that will be in all the right places with all the right "schtuff." The question is whether his TEA will stand in the way of independent and democratic voters (and I am afraid it will). I have no doubt that this will be one of the hardest working campaigns in the county. You will see Ed Priola sometime over the next 12 months, I promise.
Check out the website and let me know what you think about these candidates.