LaMana withdraws from commission race
CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County Democratic Central Committee announced the withdrawl of County Commissioner District 1 candidate Dino Romano LaMana of Chestertown Tuesday night, Aug. 21.
Due to the demands of his new job, LaMana feels he would not be able to provide the same level of service to the community as the other candidates, said Central Committee Chairman Elaine McNeil.
LaMana would have faced incumbent Commissioner Jack Wilson in the general election.
LaMana posted a message to supporters on his campaign Facebook page:
“When I started my campaign, it was to provide a better future for all of QAC’s residents. As a survivor of nearly two decades of abuse as a child, I have fought to end abuse, end the protection of predators, and help survivors. The podcast that I co-host, Our Village Podcast, covers these topics, as well as accountability, leadership, and self-esteem. Through personal experience, and by listening to the stories of other survivors, I know the system fails the very people it was designed to protect; repeatedly and at great cost. More on that later. Additionally, I work with a local nonprofit, Believe You Can, that focuses on helping and healing the youth of our county.
“Last month I started a new position at a new company that has made increasing demands on my time, especially off-hours. As a release manager, I am often required to push software releases during the evening and overnight to reduce downtime on the users — all of Maryland’s residents. The net impact is that all of the projects I am involved in have been negatively affected and are not getting the time and attention that they truly deserve if I want to be successful. After intense reflection, I have concluded that I would better serve Maryland and QAC by withdrawing from the 2018 election and focusing on projects that help more people.”
LaMana said he will continue his podcast and his advocacy work, and he is taking a position with the Heather Sinclair campaign for 36th District Senator, which shares interest in similar issues.
“While I am withdrawing from the race, I am not giving up. I’ve been fighting from birth, and I am not stopping now. However, there is a more significant fight, a more personal fight that I must wage. As we all strive to make the world a better place, do not lose hope. Lean on each other; we are not alone. Fight and resist when necessary, and put your energy into what is most effective and meaningful.” LaMana wrote.
DINO R. LAMANA