Thank you for your editorial on the questionable relationship between Caves Valley Partners and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz ("Kamenetz the kingmaker," May 22). Your editorial brought to light several important issues surrounding loopholes in campaign finance law in local politics. While the Boss Tweed/Tammany Hall atmosphere is disturbing, the core problem is not one of increased financial involvement of developers in Baltimore County political races, but in the overall arrogance of the Kamenetz administration toward the people of Baltimore County.
The arrogance has manifested itself in a variety of ways, from the yelling at senior citizens in Mays Chapel to the proposed sale of government property to private interests in Dundalk and Towson, to the deplorable situation at the Baltimore County Animal Shelter; this administration only seems to listen to individuals and corporations who choose to financially support the political interest of Mr. Kamenetz.
For the past four months, my campaign has been actively communicating our vision of returning Leadership with respect for the people of Baltimore County back to Towson. As county executive, I will repeal the rain tax, stop the implementation of Common Core in Baltimore County Public Schools, lobby for a fully elected school board for the 2016-2017 school year and will push for pension elimination for elected officials. My stands on these issues have attracted support from Republicans, Democrats and un-affiliated voters who are ready for a change in leadership in Towson.
While I have not been in elective office, I have worked on staff of a number of winning political campaigns and was a political appointee in the administration of President George W. Bush. My political resume also includes serving on the executive board of the state Republican Party as well as winning a county-wide race only four years ago for County Republican Chairman (as was mentioned in your editorial). Additionally, the editorial was mistaken in its retelling of electoral history. Ken Holt, the Republican nominee in 2010, served as a state delegate from 1995 to 1999.
If I become the Republican nominee, I am confident our message of respect for the people will be a clear contrast to the power hungry environment of arrogance which has enveloped the current administration. I look forward to the opportunity of contrasting the vision and message of my campaign versus the last four years of arrogance, corruption and favoritism of the Kamenetz administration.
The writer is a Republican candidate for Baltimore County executive.
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