As the June 24 Republican primary election approaches, it is important for members of our community to evaluate and select the best candidates to represent Carroll County in Annapolis.
One of the responsibilities most overlooked by our local House delegation is ensuring that the bills they introduce do not adversely impact our local jurisdictions and towns. The importance of a strong partnership between our delegation members and town councils cannot be overstated. It is important to have representatives in Annapolis that focus on having open lines of communication.
We saw how out of touch our current House delegation is when they submitted legislation that diverted funds away from town councils' budgets that had been used to prevent underage drinking. The town mayors overwhelming spoke out against the bill, and it was only withdrawn after strong political pressure. I am looking for a candidate that understands how the actions of Annapolis impact local communities and is proactive in protecting our interests.
I also cannot overlook our House delegation's failures on the local gaming bill that would assist our volunteer fire departments and nonprofits. For four consecutive years, the House delegation has failed to pass a clean version of the bill. As highlighted by Sen. Joe Getty in his recent column, when the House delegation allowed Baltimore City onto the gaming bill, they effectively killed any chance of it passing through the legislature. I am looking for a candidate with the vision to protect our local nonprofits, even when other interests are competing against them.
I believe it is time to elect new leaders to represent Carroll County in the House of Delegates. I support Joshua Stonko, who is a strong advocate for local gaming and our nonprofits, and will fight for our local municipalities. I encourage every reader to vote for Stonko in the June 24 Republican primary.