“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories. – Thomas Jefferson
Democracy belongs to the people…to all of the people. By definition democracy means equality and fairness. Democracy doesn’t mean just being fair and equal to the Mayor’s Tea Party crony’s. Liberal democracy entails free and fair elections. It doesn’t mean you can dismiss the vote of half the voters because you feel like it and then appoint another crony who received no citizen votes.
The resolution of the Aberdeen council tie-vote was neither a free nor fair democratic process. It corrupted the democratic process by discarding the vote of half the Aberdeen voters. This political corruption impairs the integrity of the Mayor and the council members who supported it.
Can Aberdeen citizens trust and respect the judgement of a Mayor who does not trust or respect the will of the voters????
Doug Miller moves on from Aberdeen ($125,960) to become OCs City Manager ($155,000). Why hang around the incompetence of Mayor Patrick McGrady for four years. He can’t even nominate Stephen Smith after his crony fell flat as a nominee. He can’t do the the democratic right thing. SMITH TIED WITH DEBONIS in the election.!!!! He should be the rightful second nominee not the guy who came in eighth.
. McGrady is spitting on the voters of Aberdeen and the sacred democratic process. Good luck to Miller. Too bad he didn’t have the integrity to set McGrady on the proper way to proceed in the tie-vote crisis.
Why does it take six weeks or more to resolve a council seat tie election??????? It took New Windsor, Md just two weeks!!!! Let the Aberdeen City Council vote for either Stephen Smith, the incumbent, or Sean DeBonis, the Tea Party challenger. The Council was ready to vote on December 7th (2015) but Tea Party Mayor McGrady wants to delay it two or more weeks. Why wasn’t the Council allowed to decide when they wanted to decide???? The Mayor only has one vote. The full Council should take charge of the agenda if the Mayor and City Manger are incompetent.
Aberdeen’s City Manger Dougie Miller did not investigate the New Windsor, Maryland tie election in 1999. New Windsor had no charter solution for tie votes. They sought the advise of four lawyers. They all agreed that the solution was the City Council should select one of the two tie-candidates in a council vote.
Miller cheery picks his lawyers and his information to come to a suggested resolution that benefits only the new Mayor. The suggestion does not serve the democratic process, the City Council , both candidates, or the Aberdeen voters.
Miller was asked point blank if he sought the Attorney Generals advise. He ignored the question. This serves the Mayor who also ignored the Aberdeen Board of Elections in its request to seek an independent legal opinion.
Aberdeens Republican Tea Party Mayor Patrick McGrady pulled a fast political trick on the City Council at the end of the discussion on how to resolve the tie vote election. Instead of taking a vote on the three suggested solutions, McGrady just chose his suggestion with no vote. End of discussion.
McGrady’s autocratic suggestion is to nominate his crony in the election and have the Council approve. Landbecks democratic solution was to have the Mayor nominate both election-tie candidates and have the Council make the final selection.
Part of McGrady’s slick political trick is to have the Council meet and become familiar with his crony in the next few weeks and then vote for him. Landbeck was caught off guard . She suggested the Council also meet with Stephen Smith ,too. McGrady abruptly cut her off and suggested the council could deal with that in two weeks.
“Shady” McGrady strikes again! He shoved his plan into action without a vote. He ignored a vote on the other two plans. When Landbeck tried to include Stephen Smith into the plan he shut that down without a vote. And the City Manager did nothing to point out the Mayors undemocratic behavior. The City Manager just seems to be working for the Mayor, not the Council or the public interest.
The Aberdeen City Council will have to decide on December 21st whether they want a democratic or autocratic form of government making decisions for the next four years.The new Tea Party Republican mayor, Patrick McGrady, has chosen autocracy. Mayor McGrady refuses the common sense and democratic solution to the tie vote problem and is determined to nominate his political crony for a four year unelected term. Its up to the Council to assert there democratic powers and reject the Mayors undemocratic solution. In the mean time someone from the City Council or the Aberdeen Election Board should request an opinion from the Attorney Generals office. City Manager Doug Miller continues to indicate he doesn’t want to do his job or answer embarrassing questions . The Aberdeen Election Board requested the Mayor allow them to contact an independent legal opinion on the matter. The Mayor ignored the request.
The Aberdeen Board of Elections has requested the elected Aberdeen City government to call for a runoff election to resolve the tie vote that ocured on election day between Tea party Republican Sean DeBonis and incumbent Democrat Stephen Smith.
New Aberdeen Mayor, Tea Party Republican Patrick McGrady, first ignored an e-mail from the Aberdeen Board of Elections (Monday) urging a special runoff election and then when reached by phone (Wednesday) the Mayor decided to not decide . He wants to review the request or delay making the decision while he talks with his lawyers. The runoff election ,suggested by the Aberdeen Board of Elections, would leave the decision up to the voters and serve the democratic process. The City Managers and City Attorneys suggestion to “appoint” a councilperson would give the decision to the Mayor and arrogantly negate the voice of the voters and ignore the campaign efforts of DeBonis And Smith.
The City Manager Doug Miller “reiterated” his legal bullshit opinion that while democracy is a good idea , fairness is not a good idea for the city(?). He now says that if we have a runoff election approved by the elected city government that this will hurt the city’s ability to borrow money. According to Miller the banks “might” say that a democratic election wasn’t proper and therefore refuse the city a loan. Can’t the city manager just say he was wrong, and stop the rationalization of nonsense?
“The legal concept is, it is not a tie between Sean DeBonis and Stephen Smith. The people of Aberdeen failed to elect someone for the fourth seat. So we only have three seats elected” says Aberdeen City Manager Doug Miller . (City Told To Pick Fourth Winner, New Aberdeen Mayor To Appoint , Council To Ok, The Aegis, Bryna Zumer ,Nov 11, 2015)
If this is the legal opinion of Aberdeen’s city attorney then its “legal” bullshit. The Republican Aegis points out two other tie elections in Harford County. Both were resolved with runoff elections (2003, Bel Air and 1978 Havre de Grace; ) The people did not fail to elect someone, the political system failed to work . In New Windsor ,Md in 1999 the city council VOTED to resolve the tie. (Gaithersburg has a charter provision that says a tie leads to a runoff, and if there is a tie in the runoff then a coin-flip is required)
According to The Aegis, both candidates,involved in the election tie are rightfully upset that there is no fair resolution. And all 600 plus voters who voted for these two candidates are going to be upset if there votes are thrown out. If EVERY VOTE COUNTS then these votes should not be discarded. The people elected two candidates with the tie vote. Either seat them both or provide a fair resolution to the tie – a) a runoff, b) council vote or c) drawing lots or flipping coins. As Stephen Smith says “The citizens are being cheated”. And Sean DeBonis agrees ,telling the Aegis that the fairest solution to the tie vote is a runoff.election. Smith And/or DeBonis should take the matter to the Maryland Attorney General before this mistake becomes a political joke.
After the matter is resolved , the City Attorney should be let go for incompetence(.Sussman/Miller could find no data of tie elections in Maryland. The Aegis found two tie votes In Harford. Dr. Google found one in New Windsor, Md) And someone should question the city managers common sense..
Melvin Taylor, Aberdeen pastor, won one of four seats on Aberdeens city council on November 3, 2015. Raymond Warfied was the first African American to be elected to the city counsel in the 1980’s. Macon Tucker was the second . Mr. Taylor becomes the third. Political progress sure takes a long time in the blue town ,in the red county, in the blue state of Maryland.
The drama is not over yet in Aberdeens city elections. The defeat of three-term incumbent Mayor Michael Bennett to the snarky inexperieced 29 year old Tea Party Republican Patrick McGrady was not expected . Now, surprise number two, the fourth seat in the city council election is declared an electoral tie. Incumbent Stephen Smith and Tea-Party challenger Sean DeBonis both recieved 655 votes. County election officials said Aberdeens city attorney must determine how to decide the winner. They could flip a coin, cut a deck of cards, draw straws or hold a runoff election.
Also, The Republican Aegis (The Record/AegisOnline) printed a photo of the defeated Mayor Bennett after the election and labels it a “stunned “look. It really just looks like he took off his glasses and is thinking. He doesnt look stunned,he looks TIRED.
The last election (2011) was a 18.6% very low turnout with 1502 voters. That election was apparently boring because only one position on the ballot was competitive—the mayor. The four council seats had no competition.
This year its a free-for-all all over the place. Four candidates for Mayor. Nine for council.
The more the candidates ,the more the voter interest. And voters for the very first time in Aberdeen history have three significant black candidates they can vote for or not. That is spiking more interest than usual. And the weather is excellent. This a perfect political storm that will increase the Democratic and Independent voter turnout , which should be bad news for Republicans in general. And the wing-nut Tea Party Republicans are probably in for a rude awakening. They’ll be lucky to get one spot on the council. Forget about mayor.
As Donald Trump might say…the voter turnout is H-U-G-H!!!
“I believe that our taxes can and should be lower. The property taxes paid in Aberdeen do not reflect the level of services provided for our residents” Jason Kolligs – The Aegis, 10/23/15 – Byrna Zumer, Nine Candidates Run For Aberdeen Council
The Aegis reports that : “Kolligs also said the city needs better businesses and could work to retain veterans by offering property tax credits, especially to disabled veterans.”
Melvin Taylor,candidate for the Aberdeen City Counsel, is the bishop and founder of the Word of Faith International Outreach in Aberdeen. He is also a member of the towns Appeals Board.. His volunteer work on the Zoning Appeals Board prompted The Aegis t(Oct 23,2015)* to state: “He has the qualifications that make him look like a good addition to the city council”. Taylor also serves on the board of Harford Familly House .
In the Aegis’s ” Nine Candidates” (10/23/15) article Tayor states “I think I could add a little diversity…I am a visionary, so I think my perception as to how Aberdeen could look, I could add that to the overall vision of Aberdeen”
*Nine Candidates Run For Aberdeen Council” , Bryna Zumer, The Aegis 10/23/15
Carol Bruce, candiidate for Aberdeen City Council, is a retired civil service worker at APG. Bruce is a dedicated coordinater for parks and recreation programs in Aberdeen. She has worked dilligently for a new community center. Bruce told The Aegis (Nine Candidates, 10/23/15) “My biggest issue is I couldn’t get any answers from the current administration…It was always somebody else’s issue and then Aberdeen has spent funds for the Moose Lodge and I haven’t been able to get any plans for the use of the building”. She believes Aberdeen citizens “deserve more”.
According to the Republican Aegis ace political reporter Bryna Zumer , Carol Bruce “has been coordinating the citys tennis programs and said she wants to see Aberdeen better acomodate its parks and recreation office”. Ms Bruce stated :“My biggest issue is I couldn’t get any answers from the current administration ,or action. It was always somebody elses issue, and then aberdeen has spent funds for the Moose Lodge (Rogers St.) and I haven’t been able to get any plans for the use of a building.” Ms. Bruce also stated : “I just feel that the citizens of Aberdeen deserve more…Havre de Grace can get a brand new post office, and a brand new senior center and a multistory library and Aberdeen keeps saying ‘It’s someone elses problem’.”
Patrick “Shady” McGrady is a libertarian Tea Party Republican. He’s supposedly against government waste of tax payer money. But now he is demanding Aberdeen City government waste taxpayers money “youtubing” every Harford Cable Network recording of town meetings. When is McGrady against government waste? Just Tuesdays and Thursdays? I think McGrady is just lazy and wants a government handout. The Harford Cable Network’s videos of Aberdeen town meetings are easily available for everyone at http://hcn.pegcentral.com.. Whats the problem? Does this slow down your research? The government is not in the business of subsidizing trust-fund babies!
Is it time for a change in Aberdeen city government? Councilwoman Ruth Elliot thinks so and is challenging incumbent mayor Michael Bennett. And now ,community advocate Marla Posey-Moss also wants to challenge the incumbent mayor.
Posey-Moss says on her web site that we need a “forward looking leader” to devise and implement “an innovative developement plan for the city of Aberdeen that embraces the vision of residents , churches, civic organiztions and bussiness” She believes the concerns of most residents include: :”economic development, transportation, youth recreation, homelessness, crime, general assistance for seniors and housing”
Ms. Posey-Moss will hold a Aberdeen Leadership Community Rally on Thursday Sep 17th (6:30 -730PM) at Scotts Transportation, 309 W. Bel Air Ave in downtown Aberdeen. Her campaign slogan is “We Can Do Better!”.
*McDonalds at Beards Hill& Rte 22 was Patrick McGradys Saturday HQ when he canvassed Aberdeen during his unsucccessful campaign for Mayor of Aberdeen. This may be McGradys opening shot in a new campaign for the House of Delegates against incumbentDemocrat Mary-Delany James. On another political front a co-conspirator at Campaign For Liberty-Harford County has attacked both Del James and fellow Republican Del. Glenn Glass for supporting a Hotel Tax for Harford County.
*White Libertarian-Republican – Tea Party
McGrady: What I would do is to go to bat for the people…. In order to fix it we’re going to need to change the way we do business in Aberdeen. What that means is when the Governor says do this–I will go and stand up. ..I would get arrested for you. If the Governor says we’re going to arrest you without passing this, I will let them arrest me. …They passesd a law that says the water has to be this clean, your not making the water clean they can arrest you. I would get arrested for the people of the city of Aberdeen because its not right. At some point someone needs to standup for the people who live here and say look this doesnt make sense. The cost benefit is not there and we’re not going to take on $9 milion in debt to pay for this.