Please mark your calendars for June 18, 2013 to attend a "Reception for Ellicott City" at The Rumor Mill off Main Street, beginning at 5:30 pm. You can find the event page here.
I know that this raises more questions than it answers, but I promise that all will be answered at the event. I'm always honest with all of you, and I really don't like holding anything back, but I want to be able to make my announcement with my friends and family around me and all at once. I also have a number of house-keeping matters I need to attend to before any formal "announcement" can be made, so for those of you who hate secrets - there is a reason.
I've had one rule for considering a run for office - I would only do so if I saw the need for change. I have seen far too many people run for the name-plate or the seat at the dais with the obligations of office and the responsibilities held therein secondary to self-glorification. In making this choice, I am all too sensitive to the perceived, and necessary, arrogance of anyone who thinks that they should be the one selected amongst many. I also know that from June 18th (or possibly today) forward, the perception of me in the community will transform from that of friendly well-meaning blogger to some over-ambitious know-it-all, and that may be the best case scenario. I know that my life will change.
But it is time to take things to the next level. I am not running to fill a seat or plod along on some path mapped out before me. I am running because I want to change the way our government does business and am confident in my abilities to do so. Not by myself. I don't do things by myself. With all of you.
Every big thing I've done, it has been because of you. The money we've raised, the conversations we've started, and the projects we've moved forward - all because of you. That changes a person's philosophy. We do big things. It has been hard work, but imagine what it would be like to bring that same powerful energy on to a larger stage. The doors come flying open.
I am very sensitive to the timing of all of this. After today, the focus will be back on Dennis and his event on June 4th. With the holiday and my vacation following shortly thereafter, I had to tell you now. But I don't think there will be anything I do, now or into the future, that doesn't involve Dennis in some way. The 18th is no different.
You know me. Whether we have met in person or not, you know me because I've put myself out here in every way imaginable. You know things about my life that even some of my relatives don't know. You know things about how I think that most of my coworkers don't know. You know my base philosophy and core values that everything else circles around. I think that puts us in an excellent position to start a campaign together, don't you?
Have a great Thursday doing what you love. Rock on.