FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
News release from Jay Purdy and Steven Todd October 30, 2015
Dauphin County Democratic activist Jay Purdy and Steven Todd, candidate for Derry Township Supervisor, today urged voters to cast a ballot only for Tom Connolly for County Commissioner in the November 3 election.
Such a vote, targeting only one candidate in a race in which there are other candidates, is referred to as a “bullet vote.”
Connolly currently is a Swatara Township Commissioner.
“I am impressed by Tom’s energy and his total commitment to open, ethical government,” said Purdy. “He clearly serves the best interests of the people who entrusted him with public office, not the interests of political action committee financiers.”
Purdy is a former Lower Paxton Township Supervisor and served two terms on the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee.
Purdy and Todd said they will not vote for a second commissioner candidate because the other three candidates, including the incumbent Democrat, are under the control of the “Better Government for Pennsylvania” political action committee dedicated to maintaining the status quo against reform at both the county and municipal levels. The support takes the form of massive infusions of cash and in-kind-contributions such as postage, printing costs and phone-banking.
Purdy noted that his involvement on the issue is prompted by his sense of righteousness and dedication to providing county voters with the two-party system so vital to American democracy at all levels. He said the challenge of a personal health issue has taken him out of active political involvement.
“Through its influence over the incumbent Democratic minority commissioner and the incumbent Republican commissioners, Better Government for Pennsylvania perverts the two-party system,” said Purdy. Instead of allowing the essential role of the minority commissioner as the ‘loyal opposition,’ it relegates what should be a position of watch dog to that of lap-dog.”
Todd cited Wednesday’s Patriot-News/PennLive editorial refusing to make endorsement in the Dauphin County commissioner’s race. “Tom Connolly won the PennLive endorsement by default, since he was the only candidate willing to meet the criteria for endorsement: showing up for the interview, on the endorser’s terms,” Todd noted.
After interviewing Connolly, PennLive deduced that “Connolly is a qualified candidate with strong ties in the community. He raises valid questions about how the county is being run.”
“It’s time to introduce openness and ethics to Dauphin County government with a bullet vote for Tom Connolly for Dauphin County Commissioner,” Purdy and Todd concluded.