Thursday, October 6, 2016

David Harding, independent candidate for City Council, District 14

Candidates of all parties want your vote on Nov. 8th. The Remington Community Newsletter invited all of the candidates for City Council district 14 and 12 and for Mayor to submit a short statement on the question, "Why should Remington residents vote for you?"

Thier answers will be posted individually as they are ready, and will be collected here.

David Harding, independent candidate for City Council, District 14

I am an independent candidate for City Council in the 14th District. I have worked for the Maryland Health Department for more than 30 years. I was president of Local 1535 of AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, for more than 10 years. I worked at Bethlehem Steel at Sparrows Point for 8 years and was active in Steelworkers Union Local 2609.

When I first came to Baltimore in 1963, I was active in the Mobilization Against the War in Vietnam and worked with U-JOIN, a community organization at that time. I am a long-time socialist, having learned more than 40 years ago that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans will defend working people. We have to do it ourselves.

I think there is more than enough money in Baltimore to address the problems working people face. But that money has been given away to big developers, corporations, and banks. The developers, like those building around the harbor, have gotten richer. Under Armour at Port Covington can expect special consideration for the next 30 years. Even giant Amazon gets special tax breaks.

I believe that to change this will require an organized and massive fight by working people. There is no other way to force the bosses to pay for the crisis they have created and to win what is necessary for everyone to have a decent standard of living. Elections will not make this happen. But we can use the elections to show we are fed up with both parties and to show there are people who agree that such a fight, with these goals, is needed.