The primary election is over. Carroll County citizens have made their candidate selections and we are moving forward toward a better Carroll County.

We must now ask ourselves, have we done what is best for Carroll County? As the November General Election approaches, it is the time for serious, critical thinking. It is time to put aside the campaign slogans, the irrelevant issues and the campaign rhetoric. It is time to ask ourselves which candidate will best serve the citizens of Carroll County.

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My name is Charles Harrison. As a candidate, and current Judge of the Orphans' Court, I ask citizens to look at my qualifications, education and community service. I ask that they decide if I am the candidate best qualified to serve their families, heirs and protect their legacy. I ask citizens to vote for an Orphans' Court staffed with professionals, skilled in addressing legal issues, familiar with the probate process and capable of making logical, common sense decisions.

Since being appointed judge in 2013, my background has served me well. I bring a new energy, professionalism and work ethic to the court. I was an Army captain and armed helicopter pilot in South Vietnam. I was awarded the Air Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star, in addition to other service medals.

My service to the community included 28 years in the FBI as a supervisory special agent, FBI assistant inspector, and unit chief. During my law enforcement career, I received numerous exceptional performance awards from the FBI and CIA. I am also a recipient of the Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation Award.

I am owner of Harrison & Associates, LLC, an investigative/security consulting company. I have also served as adjunct professor of criminal justice at Coppin State University, President of the Carroll County NAACP, member of the County Ethics Commission, and the Community Media Center Board. I currently serve on the Shepherd's Staff Outreach Board of Directors and as Second Vice President, Carroll County Chapter, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Federation. I consider service as Orphans' Court Judge a part of my commitment to this community.

I believe I am the candidate best qualified to serve as Judge of the Orphans' Court. I ask for your vote on Nov. 4. Thank you.

Charles HarrisonSykesville

The writer is a candidate for Judge of the Orphans' Court.

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