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Arthur Helton, Jr.
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Former candidate for
Maryland State Senate, District 34
PartyDemocratic
Prior offices
Maryland State Senate
1975 - 1983
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Baltimore, 1960
Personal
ProfessionBusinessman
Websites
Campaign website
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Arthur Henry "Art" Helton, Jr. was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 34 of the Maryland State Senate.[1] He ran unsuccessfully ran for the same seat in 2010.

Helton previously served in the Senate from 1975 to 1983.[2]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Helton's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

JOBS

Business and government must work together to make our economy grow and provide good paying jobs for our citizens. In my work as an elected official and as private businessman, I have worked to make that happen.

During this tough economic environment, many jobs have been lost and business development has retrenched, but my personal efforts have resulted in nearly 300 new jobs and millions of dollars added to the tax base.

The highlight of my redevelopment efforts was the rehabilitation of an abandoned grocery store from an eyesore in the heart of Aberdeen into a modern 84 unit mental health center with a high value employment base. I have always believed the best path forward was to deal with underdeveloped and undervalued properties first, before disturbing undeveloped land.

Among my other redeveloped properties are a 24-hour fitness center, beauty shops, pharmacy, automotive service center, restaurants and facilities for government contractors involved in the BRAC process.

EDUCATION

Maryland has the highest rated public school system in the country, from Pre-K through four years of college. It is something we can all be proud of, but it does not come cheap.

Providing for the education that our children need to succeed in this ever more complex world will be a top priority of mine as state senator. The largest expenditures in the state budget involve school construction, operating systems throughout the state, teacher pensions and costs for operating the University of Maryland system.

Harford County will be faced with increasing education expenditures as BRAC personnel connected to Aberdeen Proving Ground settle in the area.

Our county governments will need increasing support from our Annapolis delegation for funds to meet this need.

We have not received our fair share the past few years because our elected delegates have failed to make the necessary effort to convince their fellow legislators of Harford’s needs. If they can’t take the time to work for our county they need to be replaced.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

I have spent my entire life in business having to create a budget and live within those budgetary constraints…while at the same time acknowledging the need to invest in that business, including new hires and new or upgraded facilities. The same applies to government.

Government is a service organization providing parks and recreation, roads, schools and public safety. What we need to do is determine what is needed and what the people want and then find ways to meet those needs. There must be a balance between what we want and need and how much we are willing to pay for them with our tax money.

While in the State Senate, I served on the Budget and Taxation committee and helped establish laws setting debt affordability and spending affordability guidelines, which determine just how much the state could borrow to meet our needs and how much the state could spend.

It is because of these guidelines the state continues to enjoy triple A bond ratings, which result in cheaper interest rates for our bonds.

It is my experience in the private sector as well as government that gives me a unique perspective on the fiscal issues that state governments face.

ENVIRONMENT

The poor health of the Chesapeake Bay is a stark reminder of what can happen when we fail to conserve our land and protect the environment.

Harford County’s location where the Susquehanna River meets the Bay is a constant reminder of the importance of preserving these natural entities. It is essential to our well-being and the well-being of our children and grand-children that we make every effort to not only protect our environment but to make every effort to restore the bay as well as the streams, rivers wetlands throughout the county.

During my senate term in Annapolis, I was rated in the top three of legislators working to protect our environment by the League of Conservation voters. As such, I will continue to live up to my reputation and will not let our environment be destroyed.[3][4]

Elections

2014

See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Mary-Dulany James defeated Arthur Helton, Jr. in the Democratic primary, while Bob Cassilly was unopposed in the Republican primary. Cassilly defeated James in the general election.[1][5]

Maryland State Senate District 34, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Cassilly 57.3% 22,042
     Democratic Mary-Dulany James 42.7% 16,459
Total Votes 38,501

Maryland State Senate, District 34 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary-Dulany James 61.1% 4,705
Arthur Helton, Jr. 38.9% 2,997
Total Votes 7,702

2010

See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Helton lost to Republican incumbent Nancy Jacobs in the November 2 general election.[6]

In the September 14th primary election, Helton defeated Rovall Washington by a margin of 4,724-2,513.[7]

Maryland State Senate, District 34- Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Arthur Helton 4,724 65.3%
Rovall Washington 2,513 34.7%

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