Delmar Maryland, between now and September 27th, when the Primary, will occur there will be lots of candidates asking for your votes. Let me make some suggestions to those candidates, but let these suggestions also serves as a kind of voter's guide because these are expectations many of us who go to the polls might have.
Door-to-door campaigning: Do it. You'll learn about the town. You thought you knew about Delmar but going Door to Door gives you a whole new outlook on the town. See how we live. Learn about our problems. Let us see you. Actually go Door-To-Door in the entire town - not just your neighborhood. Earn our vote. Don't just advertise a lot or put your name in the ring and then just talk to your cronies - you will be representing all of us not just them. Be real.
The vision thing: If we don't have a vision — a blueprint of what we want to do or where we want to go — we might get someplace we don't want to be (like casinos or owning a golf course.) Without a plan, things just happen. We cruise. Have one. Tell us how you would like to get "there" from "here." For the new candidates we never see at town meeting there is a thing called a comprehensive plan for the town. Your vision should mesh with it or you will never get anything done in your term of office.
Run for the right reason: Then tell us that reason. If you run, do it not out of anger for the incumbents, but rather because you believe you have something to contribute to the dialogue about the future of Delmar. Do it out of appreciation for the people of our community. In other words don't waste our time if you are not serious about this. I always thought Ross Perot (1992 Presidential campaign) could have been President as he had some common sense but he was running for the wrong reasons.
And don't attack your fellow candidates, certainly not on a personal level. If you tell us your vision and what you want to do in a positive sense, you won't have time to be negative. Besides if you attack candidates now, if you were elected, you would do nothing but continue to destroy the council.
And finally, tell us how we can be better as a community. Challenge us to think about our future. Don't just appeal to our gut instincts or to our greed or wallet; tell us how you think we can invest in ourselves, and each other. It's about us. Our Delmar. Our future. We want to hear your ideas and Your vision.
and remember "Talk about us, not yourself."
2011 PRIMARY ELECTION CALENDAR
Deadline-Candidate Filing Monday, September 12, 2011 By 4:30 P.M.
Deadline-Voters to Register Tuesday, September 13, 2011 By 4:30 P.M.
Deadline-Absentee Ballot Applications Tuesday, September 13, 2011 By 4:30 P.M.
ELECTION DATE Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Starting at 7:00 A.M. Closing at 7:00 P.M. or until the last person in line at close of doors has voted.
Absentee & Emergency Ballots Tuesday, September 27, 2011
No later than closing of the polls on Election Day 7:00 P.M.
GENERAL ELECTION CALENDAR
ELECTION DATE Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Starting at 7:00 A.M. Closing at 7:00 P.M. or until the last person in line votes