By Donna Brightman
The following originally appeared as a letter to the editor in the Herald-Mail on November 21.
To the editor:
The last several months have been an incredible journey.
While the results of the election did not lend victory to our team, our message resonated all over Washington County — from Hancock to Cascade, from Boonsboro to Smithsburg, from Williamsport to Sharpsburg, from Hagerstown to Sharpsburg and Keedysville in between. The people heard us loud and clear.
We still have a voice and we will use it:
- We will continue to push for integrity and accountability in local government.
- We believe in ethics in our local government. We will not accept anything less than full, unabridged transparency.
- We believe in a safe work environment for county employees, where harassment and bullying are not tolerated.
- We believe in our small businesses.
- We will stand by our sisters and brothers in our fire and EMS community.
- We will champion and showcase our ag community to the rest of Maryland.
- We will never accept corruption in government as the status quo and we will never concede an injustice. Not now, not ever.
To my family and friends: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I feel the love! To every supporter, volunteer, contributor, and well-wisher: Thank you, sincerely, for inspiring me, for believing in me and for entrusting me to be your voice.
Stay involved. Do not be discouraged. Show up, attend meetings, demand answers from your elected officials and hold them accountable; they answer to you.
Congratulations to the victors in this commissioner race: We trust you will serve with integrity, honor and humility.
Donna L. Brightman
Former candidate for Washington County commissioner
Garretts Mill Road in South County