In­de­pen­dent U.S. Se­nate can­di­date seek­ing votes

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Front Page - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

CH­ESTER — In­de­pen­dent U.S. Se­nate can­di­date Neal Si­mon, 49, of Po­tomac, Md. (Mont­gomery County), made a re­cent stop in Queen Anne’s County as part of what he called a “lis­ten­ing tour.”

He said he was as­sess­ing con­cerns of state res­i­dents and planned to visit all 23 coun­ties and Bal­ti­more City within a 31-day time pe­riod, ex­plain­ing his plat­form to both Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic vot­ers who would like to see change in gov­ern­ment. He said Congress has failed the Amer­i­can peo­ple with years of par­ti­san stale­mate at the federal level.

Si­mon met with lo­cal res­i­dents at Fish­er­man’s Inn Restau­rant in Grasonville. He was in­tro­duced by Peter Sloan, who has known Si­mon for a num­ber of years as a busi­ness as­so­ciate.

Sloan said, “I’ve found Neal to be an hon­est busi­ness­man, and he is eth­i­cal, which seems to be the kind of per­son we need more in our nation’s capi­tol rep­re­sent­ing us.” Si­mon did not mince words. He said, “Peo­ple keep telling me how frus­trated they are with the par­ti­san­ship that Democrats and Repub­li­cans keep play­ing, get­ting noth­ing done. What they’re do­ing is pit­ting us against each other, spurring on di­vi­sive­ness. I can’t un­der­stand why our na­tional gov­ern­ment doesn’t op­er­ate as one team.”

Si­mon quoted for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s warn­ing about the cre­ation of po­lit­i­cal par­ties, that they (po­lit­i­cal par­ties) would di­vide us as a nation.

Si­mon also pointed to the found­ing fa­ther’s warn­ing about “amass­ing ex­ces­sive debt and fight­ing un­nec­es­sary wars.”

Si­mon ac­knowl­edged that re­cent polls show “the great­est dis­dain against the ex­ist­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the U.S. is high­est among the youngest vot­ers.”

“These youngest vot­ers re­al­ize that the ex­ist­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties are stick­ing the next gen­er­a­tion with a lot of debt,” he said.

Si­mon said other states be­sides Mary­land are in­ter­ested in cre­at­ing a third party of in­de­pen­dent representatives. An­other poll shows that 70 per­cent of vot­ers would se­ri­ously con­sider elect­ing an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date to help move the gov­ern­ment for­ward. In­de­pen­dents would act to­gether as de­ci­sive group that both the Democrats and Repub­li­cans can­not ig­nore if they truly want to get some­thing done to ben­e­fit the nation, he said.

“I’m in it to win it,” Si­mon said. “We’re best as a nation when we’re to­gether. Noth­ing has been get­ting done. We need change. I want to see Mary­land be­come a model for the nation on work­ing to­gether to make things bet­ter for all of us.”

Pri­or­i­ties listed on Si­mon’s plat­form in­clude gov­ern­ment re­form, bring­ing high pay­ing jobs to Mary­land, lower health care costs, fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity, im­mi­grants and bor­der se­cu­rity, and re­duc­ing gun vi­o­lence. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit his web­site, www.neal­si­mon.com.

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