Monday, January 12, 2015
Lamont McClure Decides Against Re-Election
For years, I have spoken out against McClure. Now that I am finally in his corner, he decides against running. Is my support that bad?
From Lamont McClure: "Today I am announcing that I will not be seeking re-election to represent District 3 on the Northampton County Council. Recent personal and professional changes in my life have converged to make the prospect of a year long campaign less than ideal.
"I make this announcement with some regret. My time in county government has been tremendously rewarding. Working for the people of Northampton County, for what will be nearly 10 years at the end of my term in 2015, has been a great joy. Whether it was leading the fight to save Gracedale from being sold to a for-profit corporation, or fighting to keep your property taxes as low as possible, or voting to protect and preserve more farmland, environmentally sensitive areas and open space than any other councilperson in Northampton County history, serving the public in this capacity has thus far been the highlight of my public life. Serving the people in county government has always been my highest and only political ambition.
"This has been a difficult decision. I am concerned that with my departure, County Council will have one less voice to oppose some of the policies that Executive Brown has attempted to bring to our County in his first year as Executive. I am proud to have played a significant role in opposing his government by high paid consultant, illegal budgets and unnecessary tax increases. Only time will tell whether Mr. Brown will have learned from all of the missteps he made in 2014.
"As for the future, I have not ruled out a return to county government. If the Brown Administration continues on its current path, I may once again seek to return to fight for the people of Northampton County as a candidate for County Executive in 2017.
"I wish to thank the voters of District 3 who have twice entrusted me with representing their interests on County Council."