June 25, 2014
I never thought running for office would be easy. And it isn’t. It is an extremely humbling experience and having tried and failed before, deciding to run again was difficult especially after my recent battle with cancer.
However, as a longtime Southwest Baltimore County community, civic and Democratic leader, I believed it was worth my effort. For years I have championed the causes of working- and middle-class families, including quality public schools, good jobs and progressive fiscal policies. I believed that my unpretentious message and strong voice should be part of the conversation when three open seats emerged in a newly redrawn 12th District.
Thank you to the organizations and individuals, not just the politicos and opinion leaders, but family and close friends, who endorsed and supported my candidacy. I am truly humbled and grateful that you believe in me.
While I was unsuccessful in my efforts, I heartily congratulate our Democratic nominees Clarence Lam, Terri Hill and Eric Ebersole who will join Senator Ed Kasemeyer on the ballot this fall. I am confident they will serve Baltimore and Howard Counties with honor and distinction in Annapolis and will treat all District 12 communities fairly with an eye towards leveling the playing field for residents of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
I look forward to taking a much needed break and vacation before returning to community service and supporting all of our General Election nominees from the top down as a member of Baltimore County's Democratic Central Committee.
-- Brian S. Bailey