Vote Smart Prince George’s County (Demo)

I messed up today. Man did I mess up.  I was supposed to have my first blog talk radio show and everything went awry.  My resolve: I am going to try again and get it right. 
 

Baker Endorsees
Baker Endorsees

Nice segue way into a  post on politics.  Ha! Most of the people running or in office have messed up and are asking for a chance to try again.  Some have messed up from the jump and are asking us to vote them in so they can then get it right.  Ummm, no.  No ma’am, no sir.  I’ve seen the Gazette’s best bets for county council and the general assembly, the Washington Post’s endorsements for county council and the state general assembly, there are even endorsements from the County Executive Baker, Maryland Business and Clergy Partnership and the Prince George’s County Educators Association. I attended one, count it ONE, candidates forum in Suitland and decided against anymore because it was TRAGIC. If you haven’t been to one, please go to at least ONE or you can read up on the candidates on their websites because they’re really not going to say much more than what already printed as their platforms. 
 
Shameless Plug
Shameless Plug

That’s why you ‘re going to have to listen to PGC Blog Live on blogtalk radio as I interview candidates leading up to the June 24th primary date.  Did I mention that the forum I went to was TRAGIC?  There were some good moments with Darryl Barnes and Erek Barron, authentic words from Nick Charles and even Senator Anthony Muse, but I kept looking at Darren Swain, and ousted former delegate Tiffany Alston, and hearing the song “Send in the Clowns” play in my head.  FOOLISHNESS.
Candidates Maryland Alston ClownThe majority of these candidate forums let those running run their mouths without question, without pause.  I want to know more and so should you.  Each member of Maryland’s state legislature is tasked with passing laws necessary for the welfare of the State, raising revenue, also know as taxing the crap out of us, and appropriating funds to pay for state government and overseeing the Executive Branch.  Did you know that? The people you vote to send to this state house will decide what laws are “necessary for the welfare” of you and I.  Laws that allow tax breaks for certain industries. Funds that pay for ill-performing agencies. Special bills that fund private projects.  This June, take the time to find out who your representatives are HERE and check the websites of those who are running HERE because we can’t keep sending in the same old clowns.
Ron Watson
Ron Watson

I’ve been keeping up with County Council endorsements too.  More times than not, the papers are getting it right. Todd M. Turner might not be endorsed by County Executive Baker, but he is endorsed by the Washington Post and a host of other elected officials.   In the race for District 22 delegate, incumbents Towanna P. Gaines, Anne Healey and Alonzo Washington were endorsed over Rushern Baker IV for their level of experience.  Angela Angel has picked up some interesting endorsements as has Ron Watson, (candidate for State Delegate 23B) both of whom are running for state delegate. Ron Watson was endorsed over Thea Wilson, who the Washington Post didn’t even mention for some reason. I don’t know who or why anyone is endorsing Sen. Dist 25 Ulysses Currie (hello Lt. Governor BROWN!), Vince Canales,(candidate for Dist 4 County Council) or Joseph Vallario (delegate 23B) but we’re all entitled to our opinions and our mistakes.  I see all three of these candidates as huge mistakes and blight upon the political landscape of an emerging Prince George’s County.

Vote SmartI encourage you to make informed decisions. These elected officials impact your quality of life here in Prince George’s County.  They decide if the play is fair or if we keep up the “old boy” network.  Vote smart. Google the candidates. Read in-between their lines and vote for who will best represent this county and it’s interests.

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I agree, we voters need to do our research on the candidates. That is what our great democracy is all about. Also, don’t just rely on the nice glossy sample ballots you get in the mail. There is no such thing as an “official” sample ballot, as many people seem to think and claim. They are ads, pure and simple, promoting the incumbents and their chosen candidates.

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