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Councilman McMahan Vows to Keep Serving

The Harford County Council's oldest member is already raising money for his next campaign.

County Councilman James “Captain” McMahan is already looking toward 2014.

Just months after he was as Bel Air’s District C representative, McMahan is already planning a fundraiser. It’s not all about the next election, though.

“[I’m] still clearing bills from last September and November,” McMahan wrote in an email to Patch.

The former commissioner advertised a May 28 breakfast at in his May 12 “Capt’n Jim’s ‘Coffee Talk’” e-newsletter.

The event is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. and tickets cost $35.

McMahan, a 73-year-old Republican, is the oldest member of the seven-person council. With the announcement of the fundraiser, he said he is "officially" committing to serving another four-year term on the council if re-elected.

“I love the job and I feel I make a difference,” he wrote.

The former Army soldier in the primary election before trouncing Democrat Jack Feldman.

In the “Coffee Talk” message, McMahan said it costs “upward of $20,000 to run for a council seat.” The local resident promised the same service regardless of financial support.

"The fact remains you do not need to send anything to continue receiving the best service I can render,” he wrote in the newsletter. “Thanks so much for allowing me to serve you.”

McMahan indicated in the email that the message was “not sent from a government computer or from government internet.” McMahan did not use his county-issued email address to send the message.

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