Leaving the debate for the 42nd District Senate seat held at the Idlewylde Community Hall Wednesday evening, I was dismayed at the arguments made by the challengers trying to unseat the incumbent, Sen. Jim Brochin.
Dr. Tim Robinson, the Republican candidate, argued that we should loosen the many bills that have created (economic and environmental) regulations and yet criticized Sen. Brochin for not passing enough legislation during the senator's career.
This year, Sen. Brochin was instrumental in steering the hybrid school board bill to passage. The legislation Sen. Brochin introduces is carefully crafted and often has bipartisan support. His hybrid school board bill passed through the Baltimore County Senate Delegation with a near unanimous vote. His legislation agenda comes from the needs of his constituents — and not political ideology.
Ms. DeJuliis upset education advocates in the audience when she said that it was not Sen. Brochin but the county executive who needed to be thanked for additions to schools in the Towson area. Ms. DeJuliis should know that many people are to be thanked for the progress that has been made toward relieving overcrowding in the Towson area. The solutions found were the result of community advocacy at school board meetings, County Council budget hearings and community-wide protests, all of which Sen. Brochin ardently supported and often attended.
In addition, almost one third of the funding for both the additions to Hampton and Stoneleigh Elementary came from state school construction funds. Along with other state elected officials, Sen. Brochin in his past eight years in office has ardently advocated for state funds for BCPS to help build West Towson Elementary; for additions and renovations to Stoneleigh and Hampton elementaries and Hereford High; and to help air condition more schools. Solutions for our overcrowded schools should be credited to our school system, community advocates, our current county executive and our state elected officials, including Sen. Jim Brochin.
Sen. Brochin doesn't argue for small government or large government, but rather for good government that serves the needs of his constituency. His opponents should take notice.