LaMana with­draws from com­mis­sion race

The Kent Island Bay Times - - News - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­

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.


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