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District 2 commissioner candidate Mike Bakir says bring it on.
“For me, it does not matter how many of them there are,” Bakir (R) said of Melanie B. Holland’s decision to mount a write-in campaign after losing to Debra M. Davis in the Democratic primary June 24. “I’m there to win, whether there are two, three, four against me.”
Bakir was unopposed in the GOP primary but said he expected a tough race leading up to the Nov. 4 general election anyway.
“They are already talking about my view about taxes, going back to the same old thing again,” Bakir said of statements Holland made in the Independent’s coverage of her decision July 16. “We need a business-friendly climate in Charles County. I’m talking about transportation and jobs, and they are talking about raising taxes.”
Holland said she supports maintaining current tax rates to preserve quality of life for county taxpayers.
Bakir said he believes he is the best qualified to represent District 2 as a commissioner, saying he wants “zero base” budgeting, where all expenditures are considered fresh every budget season and citing his experience as a small business owner.
Bakir said he is staying out of the controversy Holland stirred up when she called a rally organized by supporters of her opponents June 19 a “voter suppression effort” intended to chill African-American turnout to the polls.
“I have nothing to say about that,” Bakir said Wednesday. “I am the candidate for African-Americans, for Republicans, for Democrats, for independents, for everyone who lives in the county.”
Holland said in a Tuesday phone interview that she thought she had come close enough to Debra Davis in an overcrowded field to justify the write-in bid.
In the primary, Debra Davis, won 5,615, 39.71 percent of the vote, besting Holland, with 5,156, by 459, 36.46 percent.
The remaining candidates split 3,370 votes, with three candidates, Mike Cassidy, Larreic “Larry” Green and Leya “Blondie” Davis, tallying 2007 votes. Leya Davis and Cassidy did not attend any candidate forums, nor did they participate in the Independent’s endorsement process, prompting Holland to call them “ghost” candidates, whom she feels took votes away from her totals.
Green was offered a job out of state during the campaign and withdrew, throwing his support to Holland, but his name remained on the ballot, and he won 500 votes.