I would like to congratulate all the winners of the Charles County Commissioners race, particularly my opponent Peter Murphy. I would also like to congratulate our new Maryland Governor elect Larry Hogan. He was not handed this election by anyone – he went out and earned it by campaigning hard and honestly. I strongly believe that every Maryland citizen will be better off under his leadership.
My family and I are so grateful for the hard work and dedication of all who helped the campaign in this election, including the members of the Pledge Team – Mike Bakir, Marcus Tillman, and John Young, as well as District 1 candidate Charles Lollar. All of these folks worked long and hard against tough odds to bring the changes that we all believe Charles County needs.
It needs to be said that, for my campaign, the successes are due to all those who contributed their valuable time, money, and advice, and the failures are due solely to me. I simply didn’t work long enough, hard enough, and smart enough to reach the good voters of Charles County and convince them that I was the right person for the job.
Much has been made about my literature and calls regarding Peter’s record. I stand by my actions. All information provided was accurate. Because his homosexuality has arguably been a driver of his legislative record – particularly as a sponsor of the “Bathroom Bill” and voting for same sex marriage – it is a relevant issue. Thousands of Charles County voters didn’t know
Among the challenges facing our county are the highest property and business taxes of any county in the state, budgets increased about 80% over the last 10 years, falling MSA scores, fewer advanced readers than the state average, and the exodus of our older citizens to jurisdictions with a lower cost of living. The fact remains that the Pledge Team alone offered concrete solutions to these problems.
Unfortunately, it is unlikely that the representatives we elected will effectively address these problems, and extremely likely that our taxes will be raised again and student performance will continue to fall during the next four years. As a private citizen I will always stand for the principles of limited efficient government, accountability, and individual liberty and responsibility that have animated my campaign.
As a member of the Charles County Republican Central Committee, I reiterate our standing invitation to folks of every age, race, color, lifestyle, age, and gender to attend our open meetings, speak to us, educate us, and learn more about us and our principles as well.
We all want the best for Charles County.
Tom deSabla is a champion of the individual, and his vision is an environment where the individual visions and plans of Charles County residents, both now and in the future, have the best possible chance to be realized.
Many of our challenges come from too much government control. Tom’s philosophy is government that governs best governs least.