Re­turn him to Annapolis to com­plete the fine work he has be­gun as one of our state del­e­gates

The Enterprise - - Community Forum -

I at­tended the re­cent can­di­date fo­rum spon­sored by the St. Mary’s County League of Women Vot­ers and the county chap­ter of the NAACP.

My in­ter­est fo­cused on the can­di­dates run­ning for state del­e­gate in Dis­trict 29C, the dis­trict in which I re­side.

Ms. Ju­lia Ni­chols, the Demo­cratic can­di­date for del­e­gate, pre­sented com­pelling ar­gu­ments to vot­ers on rea­sons why she should be elected to of­fice.

While she did not have the ex­pe­ri­ence that her op­po­nent pos­sessed, her pre­sen­ta­tion was con­cise and mea­sured. She showed poise and con­fi­dence in her de­liv­ery and ap­peared to have a good un­der­stand­ing of the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of of­fice.

Her op­po­nent, Del. Ger­ald W. “Jerry” Clark (R-St. Mary’s, Calvert), the in­cum­bent in Dis­trict 29C, gave a com­pre­hen­sive pre­sen­ta­tion of his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and out­lined in de­tail his ac­com­plish­ments while serv­ing dur­ing the last leg­isla­tive ses­sion in Annapolis.

Mr. Clark un­der­scored his po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness back­ground in­clud­ing his serv­ing as a Calvert County com­mis­sioner for three terms, in­clud­ing one as that board’s pres­i­dent.

As a busi­ness­man, Mr. Clark has owned and op­er­ated sev­eral busi­nesses in Calvert and has pro­vided nu­mer­ous em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for cit­i­zens of the re­gion.

He has also served on count­less lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions sup­port­ing the cit­i­zens of South­ern Mary­land.

Per­haps the most im­pres­sive com­ments that he out­lined were his ef­forts in ini­ti­at­ing leg­is­la­tion in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to, spon­sor­ing tax, ju­di­cial and en­vi­ron­ment re­forms as well as spon­sor­ing pub­lic safety ini­tia­tives. These ef­forts have con­vinced me that Jerry Clark has the ex­pe­ri­ence and tem­per­a­ment to work with Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R) and folks across the aisle in pro­vid­ing both lead­er­ship and sound fis­cal gov­er­nance.

I urge vot­ers in Dis­trict 29C to sup­port Jerry Clark and re­turn him to Annapolis to com­plete the fine work he has be­gun as one of our state del­e­gates.

Jim Davis, Leonard­town

The writer is a mem­ber of the St. Mary’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion.

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