Raybould mounts aggressive campaign
Jane Raybould is really going after Ray Stevens’ seat on the Lancaster County Board. I live in this hotly contested district, and Raybould is trying to unseat Stevens by highlighting the two most controversial things the County Board did in recent years.
And that’s saying something, because the County Board rarely makes headlines.
She’s sending out fliers saying the board sold a $10 million asset (Lancaster Manor) for $2.6 million.
“What have we done to our most vulnerable Lancaster County residents?”
And she’s blasting the board for building a new jail even though voters rejected a $65 million jail bond proposal in 2008. She neglects to mention that the board made it clear it was going to build a new jail either way, but, hey, it’s campaign season!
She’s even going after the board for not inviting the public to “Thursday executive meetings” — however, those meetings are open to the public unless the board is discussing an issue that is exempt from the open meetings law. For example, personnel issues or real estate purchases — which is the reason some of those Lancaster Manor meetings were closed.
So the flier is inaccurate.
The black cover of the flier is ominous, and says, “You didn’t get your say on the sale of Lancaster Manor. You didn’t get your say on the jail, even after you voted it down. You aren’t invited to the ‘Thursday Executive Meetings,’ where all major decisions are made behind closed doors. The Lancaster County Board has been operating behind closed doors for far too long.”
I don’t think the County Board really operates behind closed doors so much as local media just don’t pay much attention to them. But these are such hot button issues, and Raybould is hitting them hard, so it might be a race to watch.