A recent Frederick News-Post article published May 1, “Myersville has first election debate in council’s recent memory,” raises some questions. Presiding Councilman Mark Flynn was credited with the following statement, “And if they wanted to be involved in politics, why now?”
After reading the article, I emailed the council and mayor to inquire about the quote. Three councilmen did not reply. Mayor Wayne Creadick Jr. provided a brief nonresponse thanking me for my input. Only Dan Papuchis reached out to discuss the issue. An elected official questioning the desire of another to run for a position is undemocratic.
Any individual who chooses to enter a race deserves to be commended, regardless of political affiliation, win or lose. Our political system was founded on free and open elections. Those in office need to be pushed and challenged to encourage forward thinking. The council and mayor paint a rosy picture that everything is great. How could anyone other than them do so much for the town? Look at our tremendous achievements, they say.
Make no mistake, the wagons have been circled and the old guard of Myersville is trying to squash change. Papuchis is an honest, hardworking fiscal conservative with a new vision for Myersville. Why now, Flynn asked. Maybe because someone outside the circle truly has the desire to provide better leadership and a better future for the town of Myersville.