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.

David Luckenbaugh


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Mr David Luckenbaugh asked me for clarification on my comments regarding the upcoming election. Let me clarify my comments as quoted by David in the original article on the debates. I never received an email from Mr Luckenbaugh as he stated in his Letter to the editor, but I am glad to address the issue here.

I have been involved in serving the town of Myersville for over a decade as an elected official. Contrary to David's statement, I DID commend and EVEN help SELECT Dan Papuchis for the Vacant Town council opening, and am very excited for the energy and vision he brings to the table. THATS WHY WE PICKED HIM. No One on the council is afraid of change or looking at issues with new eyes. Again, that's why we picked HIM. We welcome it in fact. Dan was not elected, he was APPOINTED, by the town council and I from a pool of people wanting to fill the position. My comment that Mr Luckenbaugh quoted referred to the fact that in ten plus years of town council business, I had never seen Dan attend a Town Council meeting before he came out to fill in the Council seat. Not one. Not ever. Not a workshop, not a budget and Fiance meeting. Nothing. So after a month or two of being a town council member, NOW he wants to be Mayor? Thats great for ambition, AND I COMMEND HIM for wanting to make a difference. We as a town need more of that spirit. BUT, how are you going to fill that Mayors seat with all its nuances and issues with a month or two of on the job training? Again, I like Dan and Hillary, and I am excited for his learning the job as a council member. I will even help him get his bearings further and understand the issues as I understand them. But please let's get some seasoning and training and THEN let's see what the future holds. DAN MIGHT MAKE A GREAT MAYOR IN A FEW TERMS, and I look forward to working with him further on the council. But to trade a Mayor like Wayne Creadick for a man with very limited experience and almost no OJT? No thanks. We can agree to disagree and not demonize or marginalized the opposition folks. I believe that we are better together, no matter what.

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