With the District D race already a 3 horse race I want to find out who has the early lead. It is so hard to really know who you are going to vote for before these people start talking issues. I think there are only two viable choices in this race so far.
Amy Hopkins Daney is the manager of Elberton Hill Farm in Darlington. From the Elberton Hill Farm website it is clear that she and her family are big into thoroughbred horses. Amy has managed the farm for the past 15 years. It is hard to believe that Amy would come down on the side of developers when in comes to zoning. There is no campaign finance account on the Maryland State Board of Elections website. However, her name does show up which means they are probably in the process of adding her information. She is fairly unknown to those outside of the farming community.
Chief Jason Gallion of the Level Volunteer Fire Company is throwing his hat in the ring for the second time. Jason ran against Lance Miller and Shirley Doud in the 1998 Republican primary. Jason placed second, behind Miller by only 482 votes. It appears that Jason is the early favorite. I am not sure if Miller will get into the endorsement game but if I had to guess, he would chose Gallion as his replacement. Gallion is linked to Barry Glassman which certainly does not hurt him. From what I can tell he is just pure “good ole Harford County.” A fireman, farmer, and a little politician on the side. If he stays close to the Bob Hooper “I am what I am; I believe what I believe” model he will be a light in this upcoming primary.
Chad Shrodes is a democrat. Yes I know a white little piece of paper says R on it but do not be fooled. Chad was the second top vote getter in 1998 for the democratic central committee. He was the top vote getter as the male representative for the 2nd Congressional district for guess who, Al Gore. Now I love Al Gore because he invented the internet. Without Al Gore I would not be able to spread my “wisdom” to hundreds of my fellow Harford Countians. So, I cannot blame him for wanting to go and represent his Congressional district on Al’s behalf. Someone please hit me over the head…harder. When did party switching become an acceptable thing to do? Oh, I know. When the dem’s lost power in Harford County. Their ship sailed a decade ago and some have decided to jump ship and swim back to shore. The problem is that we shore-men have a canoe ready for them and are going to send them down river without their paddle. I just cannot see someone so active in the democratic party actually being a real Republican. I may be wrong and I might have the wrong Chad Shrodes, but I’m still getting the canoe ready.