Re­ports of my ill health ‘greatly ex­ag­ger­ated’

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES - Alan Walden The writer is the Repub­li­can Party nom­i­nee for mayor of Bal­ti­more City.

To para­phrase Mark Twain, “the re­ports of my in­fir­mity have been greatly ex­ag­ger­ated” (“Alan Walden, Repub­li­can can­di­date for mayor, an­nounces cancer di­ag­no­sis,” July 9).

While it is true that I had to deal with a po­ten­tially deadly med­i­cal prob­lem this sum­mer, ru­mors and in­sin­u­a­tions that I am un­able to con­tinue my cam­paign to be­come the next mayor of Bal­ti­more are false.

The cancer with which I was af­flicted has been re­moved suc­cess­fully and com­pletely. The med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als who made the di­ag­no­sis and per­formed the surgery are sat­is­fied with the out­come and say that no fur­ther treat­ment is nec­es­sary.

And while I ap­pre­ci­ate the prayers and good wishes of­fered dur­ing this ordeal, I shall ap­pre­ci­ate your votes in Novem­ber even more. There a great deal that must be done to cre­ate a bet­ter, brighter, bolder Bal­ti­more and as mayor I ex­pect to lead the cel­e­bra­tion of all that is good about our city and its fu­ture.

Repub­li­cans, Democrats and In­de­pen­dents alike, our time is now.

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