Look more closely at advocacy group behind recent political ads
In the Oct. 24 edition of The Calvert Recorder, a full-page ad appeared with candidate score cards purportedly rating the commissioner candidates. While the group does indicate that this is a paid ad, they also do not tell you who they are without going to their website.
This is not a group of nonpartisan voters who were brought together. This is a panel from the Keep Calvert Country group. They have their own agenda and they are painting the former commissioners with a large brush trying to get a complete group of new commissioners in who they hope will vote with them in all things regarding growth. That is their right, but they should not take one voting issue and lump all commissioners without looking at what was said.
Take the Armory Square project. I am against it and have written to the paper saying so.
I also looked at what each commissioner said. Of the two running for re-election, one of them, Commissioner Steve Weems (R), voted against the big-box retail amendment for the site but did vote to authorize the authority to seek a bond to build on a new site. It was not a unanimous vote. They hope you think so.
I am still not sure about whether the cost is effective versus the rent now being spent for the foreseeable future, but if we build a county building, there is no place downtown for a large new structure as some of their members demand. There is other ground available, without being on Route 4, to look at.
The change of the number of residential buildings per acre was approved after meetings and agreement with both farmers and developers. They would have you believe that the commissioners did it without any input. The only ones who may have been hurt in that are the dealers in transferable development rights, as a few fewer were needed. Growth in Prince Frederick has been done off Route 4 and, I believe, has not been a cause of congestion while helping to meet the needs of more affordable housing. It is a balancing act. Some of the decisions are made due to pressures from the state to meet goals that they have set.
I understand the concerns that KCC has for growth. I believe that most in the county do not want to become as congested as Waldorf, including all of people running for commissioner. Had the commissioners adopted the complete agenda of KCC in the 1970s, how many of you would be here today?
I called the newspaper to see what the cost of a full-page ad is for political purposes. It is a bit over $1,300.
I have seen two KCC ads now and I would not be surprised to see more.
For a nonpartisan organization with a fairly small membership, that is not chicken feed. KCC is a vocal organization who is fighting for its agenda.
I agree with some of their platform and disagree with part of it. When any group is purporting to “help” you make a decision, it is time to look more closely at who they are.
You are seeing ads from a 10-person panel from a group of a few hundred people trying to shape your vote. Rather than following their suggestions, I think that I will listen and look at the recommendations made by platforms such as this paper who have no ax to grind in the election.
Ron Rademacher, Port Republic