Elkton, April 21, 2010 — We’re pleased to see the Cecil Whig getting around to providing some coverage of local government affairs in Elkton and the upcoming May 25th election. But when the paper reported today that the incumbent, Mary Jo Jablonski, was the only one to file for a commissioners seat they missed two-thirds of the candidate pool. Two other people have filed, as reported on the town web site and this blog. That information is also widely known around Elkton. Charles V. Hicks, V, and Joseph Ulrich are the citizens seeking a chance to become a town commissioner.
Political circles were astir today with rumors that another widely respected candidate is getting ready to jump into the race. This election is going to prove to be one of the most contested and most competitive in years. Some of this comes about because the town board has been involved in many controversial decisions lately and settled a number of lawsuits.
Having a viable pool of candidates out campaigning for office provides citizens with choices. As a citizen journalism site seeking to fill the content gap in local political coverage, especially as we focus on the “411 of the Mayor and Commissioners of Elkton,” we see the importance of covering municipal affairs first-hand and digging into stories a little more than what the politicans hand out as statements. Thus we’re going to be focused on covering the town election. We’ll be pleased to publish candidate press releases and statements and will try to get interviews, with follow-up questions, from all the candidates.
Meanwhile in making sure that the candidate pool is widely known, we want to provide correct information. Once again, here’s the officially registered list of candidates from the town as of this afternoon:
The following have declared their candidacy for the Office of Mayor:
Joseph L. Fisona (Incumbent)
C. Gary Storke
The following have declared their candidacy for the Office of Commissoner:
Charles Hicks, V
Mary Jo Jablonski (Incumbent)