Jim Rowe's rally cry to Carroll County Commissioner District 4 residents voting in November's general election is to "bring back sanity!"
Rowe, of Union Bridge, filed as a write-in candidate with the Carroll County Board of Elections Tuesday. Rowe will face incumbent Richard Rothschild in the general election.
Rothschild defeated Republican challengers Barbara Biller and Sean Shaffer in the June primary election and had been running unopposed in November's general election.
Rowe, a registered nurse, part-time teacher and owner of the Buttersburg Inn, said he switched from being a registered Democrat to a registered Republican so that he could support Biller. After she lost, Rowe said he decided to run as a write-in candidate.
"My district has gotten nothing in four years except frivolous lawsuits and a frivolous waste of taxpayer dollars," Rowe said. "I'm tired of this craziness. I want to bring sanity back."
Rowe said his campaign platform includes fully funding public education, addressing senior citizen concerns, advocating community health, expanding local farming and promoting self-sufficiency.
As a write-in candidate,voters will have to write Rowe's name in when they cast their ballots.
Gail Carter, director of the Carroll County Board of Elections, has said that the chances of winning a race as a write-in are slim to none. She could not remember any write-in candidates ever winning office in Carroll during her 27-year-career in the county.
Rowe said, however, he's up for the challenge.
"Let me tell you, I'm a pit bull," Rowe said. "When I bite you ... I don't let go."
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