What’s Marilynn Bland Up To?
When I was reviewing press releases issued by County Executive Baker’s administration the other day, I was surprised to see an acknowledgement of someone we haven’t heard from in awhile: Former Councilwoman Marilynn Bland. Buried within a press release about Baker’s participation at a recent meeting of the South County Economic Development Assocation, Bland is listed as one of the elected officials who attended the event. I’m not sure why she would be interested in their issues in her current role as Clerk of the Court, but she was a fierce advocate of development in all the wrong places in District 9 from 2002-2010 as Councilwoman, so perhaps that is why she wanted to be there.
I’m still quite concerned about her reasons for wanting to hold the position as Clerk of the Court in the first place. Why would a person with a professional background as a nurse want to work as an administrator of the county’s judicial system? She doesn’t even possess any legal background that would contribute to the knowledge and skills needed for the job. The work she did as a Councilwoman was purely ceremonial for the most part, unless she was pushing along a development project in her district. Her previous experience as an elected official has absolutely nothing to do with her job as the Clerk. Perhaps that is why you cannot locate any relevant experience listed on her former campaign website.
I believe the only reason Bland ran for the Clerk of the Court is to remain in an elected position until she can seek a higher office in the Maryland General Assembly or County government. That’s why she wanted to make an appearance at an obscure meeting on economic development, so she can stay connected to potential contributors who could finance and advocate for her political future.
I, for one, am going to do everything I can to make sure she is never elected to any other office. From the moment she was elected to the School Board on the pledge of delivering fiscal accountability and quality schools to portraying herself as “the Councilwoman Who Cares” for District 9, she has delivered absolutely nothing but a string of broken promises. She has demonstrated a lack of character and personal ethics as she repeatedly ignored consituents, abused County-issued credit cards, and was named as a co-conspirator in pay-to-play scheme brought forth in a lawsuit filed by American Hospitality Management.
So, what’s the bottom line? I am positive there is even more information that can, and should be uncovered, because the public has a right to know before she sails into another elected position in any government entity that represents my interests here in Maryland. I will be scouring campaign finance records, court cases, media reports, and any other sources that will expose her true motives as an elected official. If you wish to provide me with information, you can do so anonymously through my blog, Twitter account, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.