Why I'm Running

 
 

Originally published in The Capital on Monday, May 21, 2018:

Why am I running for House of Delegates in District 30B? I have been asked that by several people who wonder why someone would go through potential character attacks and mudslinging for a part-time job. One person even said that I did not seem like an egomaniacal narcissist — traits that person considered ubiquitous in politics.

Well, I agree, so if that’s what you are looking for, then I’m not your candidate. You won’t hear me talking about the numerous campaigns I have volunteered on or how closely I have worked with career politicians, because that is not who I am. I am a local citizen and I plan to vote my conscience because my goal is to provide a voice for my constituents, not to get re-elected. And most importantly, I won’t speak in sound bites or feed you a load of garbage.

I will also not be seeking endorsements from any political action committees or special-interest groups. I don’t want to be beholden to anyone. My goal is to speak for my constituents, not special interests. Every candidate is inundated with questionnaires from these groups to determine which candidate shares their often-myopic views, to determine who they will fund and endorse. They can keep their funding and their endorsements.

My desire to run started with a school field trip to Annapolis to watch the General Assembly in session. The idea that these people were sent from all over the state to speak for the people back home resonated with me. The idea that these men and women with different views and from all over the state worked together to pass the laws that we live by was, and is, fascinating.

But I became a little jaded watching the same names get re-elected again and again. It was at this time that I realized that I cannot accomplish anything by sitting on the sidelines. It must be done from the inside.

While I may have become a bit jaded, I did not start out this way. I was born and raised in my district and have chosen to raise a family here. I attended Edgewater Elementary School, Central Middle School and South River High School, and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Finance. I grew up playing sports in the south county rec leagues and fishing and crabbing on Beards Creek and the South River. My views have been shaped by my family, friends and neighbors and I feel that I share those same views and ideals.

The primary role of a state delegate is to speak for their constituents on issues handled at the state level, including public safety, roads and education. When determining my views on potential legislation, I will ask myself three questions:

  • Who does it help?
  • Who does it hurt?
  • Who is paying for it?

This last one is more of a reminder, because the answer is usually the taxpayers.

Some of the concerns I feel need to be addressed are gerrymandering, rising medical costs and decreasing regulation on small business. The gerrymandering by the prior administration was appalling and the system needs to be changed. There needs to be more transparency in medical costs as well as maintenance and potentially expansion of Health Savings Accounts. I also believe in smaller government, lower taxes and fewer small-business regulations.

So, rather than why I’m running, I hope that this gives a little insight on who I am. These columns have been a string of resumes and buzzword issues, but few have spoken to who they really are and how they feel on a broader range of issues. I cannot encompass all of that in this column, but I hope I have at least provided my future constituents and fellow citizens an idea of how I think. Thank you.