June 17, 2018
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Questions And Answers With The Candidates

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NOTE: This web-exclusive version of our Q&A with the candidates includes several submissions that were left out of print because of an oversight on the part of the Voice. We regret the error and encourage our readers to note the addition of Kathleen Elmore (Circuit Court judge), Vincent Goldsmith (Board of Education), Michael Peroutka (county council) and Kathy Rogers (state’s attorney).

Last month, we were pleased to introduce to our readers the many candidates running in the upcoming primary election on June 26. This month, we had three broad questions we wanted to put forth to each of the candidates. We wanted to know from each of them:

1. What would be your three biggest priorities upon taking office?
2. What would be your greatest challenge you would face in this office?
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?

Although we did not hear from all candidates, many of them were able to provide insight. Here’s what they shared with us — we hope this helps our readers make an informed decision when they head to the polls.
Check back with us in October right before the general election, when we’ll compare and contrast where candidates stand on each of the issues.

County Executive

Steuart Pittman
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?

  • Redirect our General Development Plan process with a community-driven model that will manage growth in a fiscally and environmentally responsible way
  • Launch a budget process that shows taxpayers the challenges we face and presents spending and revenue options
  • End the pay-to-play culture that has infected our local politics by passing campaign finance reform measures that limit big-money influence

2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
Our top challenge is fiscal. We were told that spurring growth through taxpayer-funded development incentives would create the revenues we need to fund schools, public safety and infrastructure. It did not. We must re-assess the fiscal impacts of various kinds of development while making tough decisions about how to meet the needs of our students and our communities.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
My opponent is an investment banker turned politician. I am a community organizer turned farmer and small-business man. The contrast is stark. My business experience is in an industry where resources are scarce, so I spend carefully. My political experience is as an outsider, where success is determined by bringing people together and party affiliation is irrelevant.

Steve Schuh
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
Second-term priorities will be accomplished without raising fees or taxes and are to:
•    Continue record investments in education to reduce class sizes, improve salaries and accelerate school construction
•    Increase support for public safety to build on first-term successes of combating the opioid crisis, gangs and crime
•    Facilitate major investments in our state and county infrastructure to relieve traffic and bottlenecks in our road systems
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
The opioid epidemic continues to challenge us at the county, state and federal levels. Despite gaining ground through our multifaceted approach that includes our nationally recognized “Not My Child” and the Safe Stations programs, opioid addiction continues to claim too many lives. We must attack this problem on all sides and address over-prescription, drug dealers, access to treatment and prevention.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I have served as Anne Arundel County executive since 2014. I am a lifelong Anne Arundel County resident and small-business owner. I know the county, its people and what they care about. My career in financial services and as a small-business owner, coupled with my 12 years in public service as county executive and Maryland state delegate, has given me a multifaceted perspective into how to manage county government operations, build coalitions, solve problems on behalf of citizens and make Anne Arundel County the best place to live, work and start a business in Maryland.

County Council

Amanda Fiedler
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
County spending and accountability is a priority I am eager to work on. Wasteful spending is not acceptable. We must account for every penny spent and not put the cart before the horse with projects that will cost us more in the long run. It is essential to trim areas that are unnecessary or redundant in nature. I will critically consider every proposed project, initiative and piece of legislation to evaluate the long-term fiscal effects it will have on our county and district. I will work to prevent any additional taxes and fees imposed on small businesses or individuals.
Our county has been growing at a rapid rate, and this is a continued vocalized concern when I meet with constituents. Ensuring transparency and collaboration through the General Development Plan, Small Area Plans and comprehensive zoning is another priority of mine. We must continue to protect the characteristics of our existing communities, and consider our infrastructure limitations and the impacts of our growth as we move forward. Compromise and sensible growth can be done, and I believe this can be accomplished with effective leadership for District 5.
Finally, I would like to increase communication and transparency between the council seat for District 5 and the residents and businesses located in Severna Park, Broadneck, St. Margaret’s and Millersville with regular updates on legislation, specifically those that impact these communities. I would also improve response times between the council 5 seat and the people in our district. Responsiveness to concerns is an essential role that an elected councilperson is tasked with and one I consider of high importance. I am committed to being present and on location for the communities and residents who are tackling challenges and need the assistance of their elected official.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
For three years, I have been an active participant in the county budget process. I have testified during the county executive's public budget meetings, at Board of Education meetings and before the county council. During this time, our county has continued to grow in population with the addition of new communities, and organically as older communities are turning over. This growth increase affects our infrastructure needs. The greatest challenge I will face will be addressing the growth of our county while budgeting for the increased needs that comes with that growth. We have many essential departments that play a vital role in our county operations: police and fire, schools and county maintenance, and Recreation and Parks, just to name a few. I understand and will accept the responsibility of balancing fiscal responsibility with growth needs.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
My background in local matters is one of activism, public service and involvement, not political grooming. I have spent years being the voice of our community concerns. I have worked with our local hospital as a patient and family adviser to improve the health care of local families. For nearly a decade, I have operated a nonprofit event that has saved hundreds of lives and helped sick and premature babies. I proudly serve as the president of the parent-teacher organization for a school of 800 children. My proximity and engagement sets me apart from any other candidate running for this office and is an example of how I will serve on the county council. I am committed to serving the people of our community and doing so while standing true to my conservative values.
It is with great pride that I say I am not a career politician. I am a public servant who will answer to only the people.

Dawn Myers
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
Bring fiscal responsibility to the budget. Slow development to a responsible and sustainable pace. Make Anne Arundel County more attractive for employers who offer jobs with great wages and benefits by improving schools and infrastructure and strengthening communities.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
Finding the resources necessary to improve schools, adequately fund infrastructure and county services, and get traffic flowing.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
Politicians like to say they will make government more efficient. For 20 years, that's been my job for the state of Maryland as a budget analyst and director. I know how to analyze budgets, uncover waste, reduce duplicative programs, make hard decisions and do the right thing for taxpayers.

Michael Peroutka
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
My priorities for office would include:

  • Following the oath of office by obeying the Constitution and Charter, thereby leading to limited, less expensive local government.
  • Examining ways to continue to reduce property taxes, income and other taxes.
  • Protecting neighborhoods from mindless overdevelopment and traffic congestion.

2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
The upcoming General Development Plan, along with the Comprehensive Rezoning, will present a host of challenges in protecting the quality of life in the “land of pleasant living.”
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
My experience on the County Council, and as its chairman, augmented by my legal background and my lifelong study of law and public policy have prepared me to serve in this role. I am grateful for the trust placed in me by the people of District 5 and I respectfully ask them to allow me to continue to serve them.

State's Attorney

Wes Adams
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
In addition to building on the accomplishments of this administration, my focus will be on developing our intelligence-driven prosecution model (STING) in order to develop our ability to disrupt the flow of drugs into and gang activity inside the county, developing our partnership program with the school system in order to address how adverse childhood experiences drive crime, and pursuing legislation to enhance the penalty for those who cause overdose deaths.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
While we are succeeding in prosecuting drug dealers and violent criminals, there are still large amounts of fentanyl being pushed into our streets. The biggest challenge we face is disrupting the criminal network that allows these substances to be trafficked across county lines.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
My proven track record of success and innovation. I was endorsed by the Anne Arundel County Fraternal Order of Police because of my broad range of experience, my leadership in developing a trial-ready prosecution team, my focus on community safety, my commitment to education and crime prevention, and my ability to develop partnerships among the agencies. For example, our unique Safe Stations collaboration (of which I was the first prosecutor in the country to join) has helped stem the increasing tide of opioid overdoses, leading to a 10 percent decrease in overdoses in 2018; the introduction of our STING Unit (which targets criminal gangs and drug dealers) resulted in the solving of multiple gang homicides and the indictment of eight MS-13 gang members. And our student drug prevention education and outreach program earned my office the 2018 AACPS Excellence in Education Business Partner of the Year Award.

Ann Colt Leitess
Candidate did not submit responses.

Kathy Rogers
1. What would be your three biggest priorities upon taking office?
My three priorities upon taking office will be refocusing the office on prosecuting criminals, implementing rigorous training and evaluations for all prosecutors, and removing all politics and politicians from the office. These three priorities will make the State’s Attorney’s office strong, ethical and efficient.
2. What would be your greatest challenge you would face in this office?
I have lived in Anne Arundel County for nearly 50 years. I was employed as a prosecutor for almost 28 years. I am proud to say I dedicated my career to making the streets of our county safer for your family and mine, successfully prosecuting the most dangerous criminals in our county.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
When I take over the State’s Attorney’s office, the greatest challenge will be changing the current culture and refocusing the office on strong and ethical prosecution. The ethics of the State’s Attorney’s office have come into question repeatedly in the last three years; that will never happen under my administration.

Clerk of the Court

Doug Arnold
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?

  • Support Families: We issue marriage licenses, facilitate adoptions and help families navigate complicated matters.
  • Grow Businesses: Our efficient service issuing licenses and recording deeds contributes to an environment for job growth.
  • Safer Communities: As a criminal justice partner, we contribute to safer communities through our mission of fair, equitable and accessible justice.

2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
People need to feel that they have access to the court. Providing access to justice and building trust and confidence in the court are critical to leading a well-run clerk's office. The clerk serves a critical function in ensuring equal access and assuring the integrity and independence of the court.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I am the only candidate with court experience. I have a deep understanding of the technical needs of the office. I have worked to cultivate a culture of customer service. I’m passionate about bringing our community together. As clerk, I will serve you with fair, equitable and accessible justice.

Scott Poyer
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
My top three priorities would be eliminating the backlog of 11,000 unserved warrants that are issued by the judiciary but have been languishing for years; increasing support to victims of domestic abuse cases, which have more than doubled in five years; and streamlining the process for issuing business licenses.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
The greatest challenge and greatest opportunity is that to be effective, the clerk must work with other organizations. These include other parts of the judiciary, the sheriff’s office, state’s attorney and many others. I am up for this challenge because I have successfully worked across organizations for my whole career.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I have more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement and public safety as a federal employee. I have worked successfully with criminal courts, civil courts and administrative law judges, and I have run operations like those of the clerk’s office but on a much larger scale.

Bonnie Shepke
Candidate did not submit responses.

Register of Wills

Joseph Janosky
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
The office is unknown by the public, but it tells the life and death story of every citizen. We should educate the public of the importance of a valid will and what to expect when a will needs to be executed. Evaluate cybersecurity and inefficiencies in the office and make improvements when necessary. Develop a culture of compassion for both the deceased and the family members required to close the estates.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
Getting the office prepared to educate the public. Little progress has happened in many years. Create a citizen outreach to gather information and emphasize the importance of having a valid will in all age groups. Develop a larger online presence. There is little online information available to help citizens navigate the process. Little has been done to modernize the office to support this access. Review what can to be done to support this access.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I have spent my life in public and private offices finding efficiencies and providing services to help my community. I have personal experience, and those of others, who feel this office needs compassion and innovations. The office has stagnated and needs to be revitalized. This will be my passion.

Lauren Parker
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
Continuing my tradition of excellence in constituent service by providing you the well-trained, compassionate, efficient staff, guaranteeing you warm, caring service and no waiting time; remaining welcoming in person and immediately available live by phone; transitioning to paperless to save storage costs. “Efficiency and kindness never go out of style.”
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
The office mission is to “advise and assist” anyone needing our services during the death of a loved one. Preserving the high level of service takes constant attention, teaching of professional customer service and latest legal procedures to the staff for family needs that arise in today’s complicated living arrangements.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
A lifelong resident, I was a practicing attorney for 25 years, managing attorney for five years and need no on-the-job training. As register for 12 years, I have three perfect legislative audits. I have initiated programs such as accepting credit cards and serving copies online 24/7, as well as negotiating cost-effective contracts.

Judge of the Orphans’ Court

Maureen Carr-York
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
Since accepting appointment as a judge of the Orphans’ Court, my first priority has been to provide prompt, excellent service to citizens who are dealing with the death of a loved one, and to do so in accordance with the highest standards of the legal profession. My second priority has been to do so with a minimum of expense to the estate and the heirs. Third, I have sought to ensure that our oversight of the guardianship of property of minors has been prudent, thorough and reasonable.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
The greatest challenge we face as judges of this court has been a marked increase of cases presented and hearings on issues arising in those cases, as well as the complexity of issues presented. Often, these matters are brought before us by individuals and families acting pro se, without legal counsel, which means we must be patient and fair in taking evidence and applying the law while addressing persons who are, as laypeople, acting in unfamiliar territory.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
My dual background in nursing and the law serve me well in the Orphans’ Court. First, as a nurse, I learned to listen, to ask questions and to carefully draw out the information needed to deal with individuals’ needs. I also learned to explain and teach unfamiliar matters to folks under stress and fearful of what lies ahead. I am also the only attorney in the race who is fully qualified to practice law in the state of Maryland. I bring that to my service on the court, and it blends well with the experience and knowledge of my colleagues.

Vickie Gipson
Candidate did not submit responses.

George Holland
Candidate did not submit responses.

Torrey Jacobsen
Candidate did not submit responses.

Nancy Phelps
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
Since my job has been to make decisions on estates for the people of Anne Arundel County, my priorities are:

  • Compassion for the people who come before me
  • The knowledge that 20 years of experience has given me to make sure my findings are legal and fair
  • To respect and acknowledge the people who come before me

2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
Estate laws are complex but important. I have the most experience of any judge in the county, but I do spend a lot of time with the education processes to retain the needed expertise.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I've held this position for more than 20 years. And I've been chief judge for the past 10 years. My experience and knowledge are invaluable to help people solve issues within the emotional upheaval during the estate process. I'm the past president of the Maryland Association of the Judges of the Orphans’ Court (MAJOC) and received numerous citations from the Maryland General Assembly and the delegates and senators for Anne Arundel County.

Alan Rzepkowski
Candidate did not submit responses.

Sheriff

Ron Bateman
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?

  • Continue to provide the fastest, most prompt service of all domestic violence orders, immediately followed up by a personal notification of service to each victim by the deputy sheriff. This top-notch form of customer service keeps the victims properly informed and ensures them my agency is there for them in their time of need.
  • Continue to provide the safest circuit courthouse in the state for all who work and have business within. This will be done through the use of our state-of-the-art, high-definition Ocularis security camera system, and from my highly trained, well-equipped sheriff personnel.
  • Continue with our innovative and multi-layered approach to serving all arrest warrants, with priority given to violent felony warrants, domestic violence warrants, heroin-related warrants, and warrants involving gang members, to name just a few. My agency has instituted more ways to serve arrest warrants than any other sheriff's office or police department in the state of Maryland. Some of our creative ways to serve warrants include arrest stings, fooling criminals to turn themselves in, withholding Maryland state tax refunds until one's arrest warrant has been served, using highly trained deputy sheriffs to locate and apprehend wanted individuals, by way of social media to include our sheriff's office website and Facebook page, and by holding failure-to-appear forgiveness operations by way of our partnership with the District Court. We are proud to say that under our administration, we have experienced the largest reduction in arrest warrants in more than 40 years, because of our unique, efficient and effective multifaceted tactics.

2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
The greatest challenge that has continuously faced me since serving as sheriff for the past 11 years has been convincing the last three county executives to increase our personnel budget to allow me to hire more deputy sheriffs. As it currently stands, the sheriff's office has only grown by six deputy sheriffs in the past 19 years. That is truly sad, considering the growth of the county and the other public safety components. This relatively stagnant growth has highlighted my management style by doing more with less while still never overspending my allotted budget.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
What sets me apart is I am the only candidate that works in the sheriff's office in a management function. Having been elected as your sheriff in 2006, 2010 and 2014 and still proudly serving as the "people's sheriff," I have a long list of proven results and 11 years consistently as being a fiscally responsible and conservative leader of an agency with a $9 million budget and more than 115 sworn/civilian personnel. Under our administration, we have achieved the largest reduction in arrest warrants in more than 40 years; we have improved upon the security of the circuit courthouse, making it a model for others to emulate in the state; we have provided our deputies with cutting-edge mandated training to include tactically sound procedures on how to deal with those with intellectual disabilities; and we have equipped the agency with the latest state-of-the-art technology for building security and to enhance our criminal apprehension tool box.

Jim Fredericks
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?

  • Immediate changes to antiquated, pre-9/11 security procedures at the Circuit Court building to ensure the safety of citizens and employees.
  • Complete a full review of management practices exposed by recent, failed audits conducted by the county auditor.
  • Implement modern law enforcement best practices to stem the tide of unserved warrants. There are currently over 11,000 unserved warrants in the county.

2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
To complete a thorough top-to-bottom review of both operational and court-based procedures to begin the process of modernizing the sheriff’s office. Immediate changes are needed in operations, training, child-support enforcement, technology and court security. These changes are necessary to ensure the safety of both citizens and deputies.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I am the only modern, practicing law enforcement leader with 26 years of experience in homeland security, emergency management, budget, hiring and retention, operations, media relations, and corruption and gang investigations, who can move the sheriff’s office forward. My unblemished career, commitment to family, and unwavering integrity and accountability are examples of high personal and professional standards to ensure public trust in the office of sheriff. As a Republican primary election candidate, I am the only lifelong Anne Arundel County conservative Republican in the race. I am a strong supporter of gun rights and the protection of the Constitution, and I will vehemently oppose any efforts to make Maryland a sanctuary state.

Damon Ostis
Candidate did not submit responses.

Beth Smith
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?

  • I will immediately request an independent audit of the entire office.
  • I will immediately take steps to secure the Circuit Court.
  • I will immediately bring the child support unit into compliance under federal standards.

2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
The biggest challenge to be faced will be reversing years of questionable and ethically challenged leadership. Never in the history of the sheriff's office has there been such negligence and dereliction of duty as exists today. Correcting this will not happen in one day, but I am going to try. I am an innovator and have a proven record of serving with honor, distinction and dedication.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I am the only candidate who has a complete, accurate understanding of the actual duties of this office. My experience as a deputy sheriff in Anne Arundel County is extensive. Not only did I work every unit as a deputy, but also, I then supervised each one as I moved through the ranks. Additionally, I am the only veteran. I bring four years of honorable, distinguished service as a military police officer to the table. I am the best candidate for sheriff.

James Williams
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
My first priority would be to review all results from a recent audit of the sheriff's office and make sure all recommendations are addressed and implemented. Other priorities would be to build stronger ties with the community, and, over the next four years, to expand agency personnel positions.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
The greatest challenge is to reduce the number of open warrants that face the sheriff's office. There are more than 11,000 open warrants in Anne Arundel County. There has to be a multi-prong approach to include cooperation between agencies within the Circuit Court, improved public transportation and improved community relations.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
Being a deputy with strong community values is what sets me apart from other candidates. Having current experience with the sheriff’s office and being a retired captain from the Prince George’s County Police Department will help me make our sheriff’s office a respected part of our community.

Board of Education

Vincent Goldsmith
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
First, better coordination and communication between AACPS and the community. I’d like to promote the value of our public schools and foster transparency in board decisions where there aren’t any today.
Second, an increase in school staff that have direct student interaction. This includes recruiting more staff, trying to make our current teachers whole if they’ve lost steps in their pay, and retaining more teachers by giving them professional development opportunities. This also includes the recruitment of staff such as psychologists, social workers and guidance counselors.
Third, we need a concentrated effort to grow students out of the bottom two quintiles of the assessments (i.e. “did not meet expectations” and “partially met expectations”). AACPS does a good job of creating opportunities for those students in the upper three quintiles. And through initiatives like Magnet and Signature programs, we do a good job of offering opportunities to those at the top level. But we don’t do a good enough job with those students who fall into the bottom two quintiles.
We need a concentrated initiative across the school system to identify those individual students and make sure they have the resources and help they need to succeed in our schools. This will include a greater emphasis on school readiness to make sure those students are ready when they start kindergarten. We also need to find ways to improve the high school experience for those who may have struggled to get there.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
Transforming the current norms and customs of an appointed school board into a board that is responsive to the community, advocates for the best interests of the students and asks the right questions of the superintendent.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
Professionally, I have a degree in business from the University of Maryland system. I've spent the better part of my career first in construction, where I supervised building projects, and managed the permitting process, and more recently in information technology, where I worked with Fortune 500 companies around the globe helping them improve their systems and manage their money. I currently work as a public sector consultant where I offer up solutions in terms of both organization and systems for how problems can be solved. I specialize in bringing private sector solutions to bear on big government problems in order to break up the stalemates sometimes found in large government institutions. I'm responsible for managing huge parts of a billion-dollar-a-year financial plan and to make sure both my company and the government are getting the most out of their money.  This combination of construction and IT skills gives me a breadth of experience that makes me uniquely qualified to understand some of the complexities of an ever expanding school system in the 21st century.

Dana Schallheim
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
Reducing our historically large class sizes and developing budgets that reflect actual school needs at the school level. Another immediate priority is establishing pay/working conditions for all teachers, secretaries and staff equal to their counterparts in surrounding counties, including restoring lost steps. Third, aligning all school start times with evidence-based research.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
Establishing budgets that serve all 84,000 students and 5,600 teachers and close achievement gaps. Working with local leaders to build consensus in establishing budgets that fulfill the AACPS mission of “Elevating all students. Eliminating all gaps.” despite ever-growing student enrollment and finite resources.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I bring the right combination of education, experience, persistence and dedication to successfully advocate on behalf of all AACPS students. I have an MBA and am a lifelong volunteer and advocate. Additionally, as an at-home mom, I will devote the time needed to close the gaps, develop meaningful policies and effect real change.

U.S. Congress

David Bishop
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?

  • Election reform, including congressional term limits; removing the “winner take all” from the Electoral College; and ending gerrymandering nationwide.
  • Remove the corporate oligarchy controlling our government through campaign finance reform.
  • Gradually limit federal responsibilities to only enumerated powers in the Constitution. Most aspects of life are not “one size fits all.”

2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
Being potentially the only or one of the very few congress members from my party could be challenging. However, it also provides me with the opportunity to not toe a party line in the office. I can think freely for the people of Maryland without being forced one way or another by a party position.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I am an average citizen of Maryland, not a career politician. Unlike opponents, I strongly believe in keeping corporate money out of politics and ensuring we have more local and individual control over our governments. We need to remember the purpose of limited federal government and I am fighting for that purpose.

Anthony Brown
Candidate did not submit responses.

William Devine
Candidate did not submit responses.

George McDermott
Candidate did not submit responses.

State Delegate

Tom Angelis
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
My first priority would be school safety. As a former teacher in high school and urban police officer, I am well equipped to address this. Secondly, term limits are an important issue and should be implemented. Finally, fiscal accountability is vital for an effective government.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
The greatest challenge would be to address fiscal accountability, as so often many issues and projects are improperly funded. Cost overruns and underfunding must be recognized to ensure proper government service to the citizenry. Too often, little is accomplished because of poor financial planning.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I have tremendous experience and incurred ability as a college instructor, high school teacher, director of Recreation and Parks in Anne Arundel County, licensed Maryland real estate agent, commissioned sales representative, sergeant on the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., and an aide in the United States Senate.

Heather Bagnall
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?

  • Education: Not only do we need funding to support our educators and institutions, but also we need more classroom autonomy so teachers can teach to their skills. Additionally, we have to change the narrative to make arts an essential bridge across disciplines and to ensure vocational training is an equal option to higher education.
  • Environment: Working across districts and with private public partnerships, we can enhance and advance our investments to ensure a healthy bay and waterways, as well as reforestation to protect against stormwater runoff. Environmental preservation is a sound investment that affects health and well-being, property value, and infrastructure maintenance costs of our district.
  • Community Infrastructure: Public transportation and walking/bike paths are an essential element of access, not only for low-income and working families but also for seniors and students; it affects people across the district and across the age and economic spectrums, encourages people to support local business, and creates job opportunities and income to communities.

2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
Cynicism is going to be a huge challenge to overcome because many voters have grown frustrated and don’t believe things can or will change. Changing the narrative about cooperation and coalition in the General Assembly, and the essential role of civic engagement and community trust, is going to be an uphill battle.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I am a big-picture person. It’s how I direct, how I manage and how I intend to legislate. Working in nonprofits and theater has made me an expert in working in coalition, in crafting a winning narrative and in pursuing relentlessly something better, in this case comprehensive policy to decrease cost of living and increase quality of life.

Tracie Hovermale
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
Investment in our public education system in order to reverse the downward trend we’ve seen in Maryland over the past few years is a priority. The Kirwin Commission has identified key issues and has proposed solutions that are needed to ensure our children are prepared for the future and that Maryland continues to be competitive nationally and internationally.
We must hasten the transition toward clean, renewable energy and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. With 500 miles of shoreline in Anne Arundel County, we are past the time for debate — we need to take action to mitigate factors contributing to rising sea levels. We need to adopt smart growth policies, reduce forest destruction and use design that reduces runoff into our waterways.
Ensuring affordable health care and affordable prescriptions are available to everyone is a top priority. In these uncertain times, we must continue to work to be sure Marylanders have access to health care services that will enable them to lead healthy, productive lives at every stage of life.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
My greatest challenge since I have not previously held elected office would likely be navigating in a place where I don’t have longtime relationships. I believe I will quickly overcome this by engaging with legislators, staff and experts on a variety of issues. If elected, I will be a full-time representative and will work full-time for my constituent’s interests and priorities.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
My experience working with people from all walks of life, in all levels of a business, with differing priorities and from both political parties to solve problems has taught me the importance of collaboration in developing solutions satisfactory to all. Issues are more complex than they appear on the surface, so we must work together and look at all aspects of a problem to find long-term, sustainable solutions that are in the best interest of the community.

Pam Luby
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?

  • Education
  • Overdevelopment and its negative effects on our environment and our quality of life.
  • Preparing Maryland to handle the needs of our aging population now and in the future

2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
The same challenge that most of us face: How to we fund our priorities with the resources we have?
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
My diverse professional background as an attorney and businesswoman. I’ve negotiated business deals for large corporations, helped families get better outcomes in court while working for the Maryland judiciary, taught in our public schools, and run my own business. I’m currently working for an organization fighting the opioid epidemic.

Michael Malone
What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
My three priorities would be:
1. Reducing taxes, fees and regulations in Maryland
2. Making Maryland a real two-party state by ending political gerrymandering
3. Stopping wasteful spending
2. What would be the greatest challenge you face in this office?
As part of the minority party (Republican) in the House of Delegates, my greatest challenge would be to prevent the majority party, led by Mike Busch, from forcing through bad legislation and higher taxes.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office.
My strong, conservative, family and Christian values guide my decision making. My past leadership experience as a Rotary president, chair of the Anne Arundel County Republican Party, chamber of commerce director, and PTA president show that I can get things done.

Stacie MacDonald
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?

  • Preserving our quality of life by delivering funds to improve our crowded and congested roads
  • Pushing for term limits at the state level. The governor has term limits, so why doesn’t the legislature?
  • Cutting taxes and government regulation

2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
I do not believe that I would have one. I am prepared to do the job.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I am not a career politician. I am an attorney who has worked in the California legislature. I am a licensed real estate broker and a small-business owner. I have met a payroll and suffered under excessive government regulation. I am self-funding my campaign because I believe that when you take money from special interests, you lose your objectivity and independence. It is my objective to answer only to the voters and not become part of the corrupt establishment in Annapolis.

Tony McConkey
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
First, return more of the $757 million state tax windfall from the federal tax cuts. Second, oppose a renewed push to make Maryland a sanctuary state (passed House 2017). Third, lead the fight against state assisted suicide. It demeans life (like abortion), increases suicide for all groups, and encourages the coercion of the elderly and disabled.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
My greatest challenge would be a Governor Hogan loss. The legislature under Governor O’Malley raised taxes and fees 40-plus times. I have worked with Governor Hogan to restrict spending while 1) cutting taxes and 2) providing record funding for education and the environment, proving that the state can live within its means and still fund priorities.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I have the most legislative experience, having served in many policy areas for the last 16 years. I’m honored to have been selected as the vice chair of the Anne Arundel delegation, and ranking member of appropriations committee (Republican budget leader) for the last seven years. I would ask for your support to continue to stand up and oppose bad legislation on your behalf.

Connor McCoy
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
As stated by my campaign, the biggest issues I'm looking to tackle would be our state infrastructure, school security and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge traffic problem. Upon being elected, my first priority would be to review our state budget (again) and confer with the Anne Arundel County delegates on what resources are already available and present for our county. Upon reviewing funds and resources, my second priority would be to route funds to existing projects and new projects that address my campaign issues. My third priority would then be to introduce (or support existing) legislation to the House toward my campaign goals of improving our state's infrastructure, traffic and school safety.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
My political inexperience is definitely my greatest hurdle; however, I believe that this is also my greatest asset as well. I'm a blank slate.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I'm far younger than anyone else in this race or other delegate races in our state. When issues regarding education and school safety are the topic, I believe I would be well connected with parents and grandparents to keep their children and grandchildren safe.

Sid Saab
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?

  • Term limits. I have always viewed public office as a service.
  • The economy. We need to continue to find creative ways to grow and protect existing small businesses, as well as encourage new businesses to emerge in Maryland.
  • Health care. We need to control health care and prescription drug costs.

2. What is the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
The greatest challenge we continue to face is that we don’t have enough small-business owners and citizen legislators. This ties back into term limits. We need public officials who have firsthand experience with what our state needs to thrive economically.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
As an immigrant, I have a special appreciation for the rights and freedoms that we enjoy in this great country. As a small-business owner, I have firsthand experience as to how policies affect the growth of the economy and job creation. Moreover, having been a delegate for the past four years, I have been able to work across party lines in an effort to eliminate burdensome regulations, and I have been able to pass major policy changes.

Jerry Walker
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
My priorities will include eliminating wasteful spending, lowering the tax burden on our citizens and fixing the gerrymandered districts in our state. While on the county council, I built a fiscally conservative record of voting in favor of eliminating deficit spending, lowering taxes/fees and rejecting increases in long-term debt.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
As a Republican, the greatest challenge will be working in a legislative body controlled by Democrats. I am hopeful that Republicans will pick up seats in the House or Senate so we can have a veto-proof majority. If we reach those numbers, we will be in a much better position to help Governor Hogan.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
My experience as a member of the county council will bring a local perspective to state lawmaking and budgeting. I believe this view will help protect our county taxpayers from unfunded mandates and overreaching state/federal government. Additionally, my experience in running and growing a small business will be invaluable.

State Senate

Eve Hurwitz
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
My first three priorities are:

  • Expand the recently passed paid family and medical leave from six weeks for state employees to 12 weeks for all working Marylanders.
  • Eliminate the use of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam and implement a statewide business recycling program.
  • Pass the education referendum in November to get promised casino revenue to our schools.

2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
As an aviation safety officer in the U.S. Navy, I heard a common phrase when I investigated mishaps. "That's how we've always done it." The Maryland General Assembly has been operating under the same power structure for a long time. My greatest challenge will be tackling the complacency, and I welcome the challenge.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I served eight years active duty as a naval flight officer. Then I was a stay-at-home mom and reservist before I started my own business and hired employees. I am also a community organizer and volunteer. My journey has given me insight into people, finance and logistics that can only come with my diversity of experience.

Ed Reilly
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
First and foremost will be to support Governor Larry Hogan. His reasoned voice needs to be supported by the General Assembly. We need to continue to support his efforts to veto bad bills and pass good commonsense laws.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
The greatest challenge will be to work in a very partisan atmosphere. It seems that many bills are being introduced that highlight issues that cause division among our citizens rather than finding ways to bring us together.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
My background includes seven years on the county council and nine years as your state senator. This allows me to leverage my experience and my relationships for the betterment of our district. I have good relationships with both sides of the aisle to bring good solutions to our common issues.

Circuit Court Judge

Claudia Barber
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
My first priority would be to assess any backlogs in cases through the assignment office to determine what cases I am assigned require immediate attention. This means issuing status conference orders in open cases that have not progressed or are on hold for uncertain reasons. Justice delayed is justice denied.
My second priority would be to complete a careful and thorough evaluation of the existing caseload so that pending cases move closer to trial or disposition. It may involve ruling on discovery motions, or pre-trial motions to dismiss, if assigned the motions docket, or motions for summary judgment. During my 10-year tenure as an administrative law judge, I rarely allowed cases to stay in a pending status longer than 30-90 days.
My third priority would be to hire and organize my support staff. I intend to have a diverse support staff that loves and respects people and that would consider it a privilege to interact with the citizens of Anne Arundel County.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
Judges have little control over who gets charged with a crime in an unfair manner. Judges must be able to ferret out the truth to prevent wrongful convictions. Judges are important gatekeepers to ensure that relevant and credible evidence comes in, and non-credible evidence, such as hearsay, stays out. There are far too many innocent people being vindicated by The Innocence Project and The Equal Justice Initiative programs. They are honorable programs. But they shed light on the failures of the judicial system. I am mindful that many litigants have limited financial resources to uncover the truth and pursue justice. I am also mindful that many litigants may have a compelling case but lose the case on a technicality, which should not be held against them in future cases going forward. My challenge is, nonetheless, to dispense justice in a fair and equitable manner so wrongful convictions don't happen and credible evidence is not overlooked.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
For more than 10 years, I successfully adjudicated cases as an administrative law judge. I received top performance evaluations as a jurist. I know what justice looks like and how it can be manipulated and denied because of systemic problems. I authored more than 5,000 decisions. I also maintained a good affirmance rate. This means if any cases were appealed, usually to the highest appellate court, the appellate court often agreed with and affirmed my decisions. My judicial experience also afforded me the opportunity to work on the National Association of Women Judges' programs to help women ex-offenders transition into the community. I will continue this work. I am a lifetime member of this important organization.

Robert Burton
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
I would discourage excessive plea bargains, which can undermine the hard work of our law enforcement officers when used inappropriately. I would work to address the lack of diversity in the courthouse in terms of racial and geographic representation. Finally, I would work to streamline administrative agency appeals to bring faster resolutions to those matters which can easily get bogged down in the system.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
Adjusting to the tenets of the code of judicial ethics that necessarily require judges to isolate themselves from political activity or issue advocacy will take the most getting used to, but I’ve had to make that change as a judicial candidate, so I’m ready for it.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I am a lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County. My extensive trial experience in all levels of the Maryland judiciary as well as diversity of subject matters I’ve handled throughout my legal career distinguishes me from most of the other candidates and particularly from the sitting judge.

Mark Crooks
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
Anne Arundel County, with its’ strong military ties, requires a military veterans court within circuit court. Veterans honorably discharged from the military deserve a robust veterans court that addresses the special needs and opportunities of former servicemen and women who now find themselves in harm’s way. These courts are proven to greatly reduce recidivism rates and turn lives around, which, incidentally, costs taxpayers less money in the long run. More importantly, sponsorship of veterans court is a moral imperative.
I also believe that we must expand our drug treatment court (of which I am a presiding judge at present) to help combat the heroin/opioid epidemic and in order to save lives.
I also plan to address seriously the gang menace, as well as predatory drug dealers, who are making Anne Arundel citizens feel unsafe in their own backyards. I will continue to apply my years of prosecuting the worst criminals in now deciding which defendants should be especially deterred.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
Anne Arundel County faces an increasing violent crime rate, an opioid/heroin epidemic, a growing gang menace, distrust in public officials and a sharply divided vision of land-use and development. Voters deserve a judge who is tested in the face of these challenges. Citizens must know that their judge will have the experience required to hold violent persons and drug dealers accountable in criminal cases. Citizens must also have confidence that their judge will not play favorites nor be beholden to outside interest groups or individual classes of persons in all cases. Judges must strictly interpret the law so that the citizens can properly hold their legislature accountable. Anne Arundel County residents deserve a fair, patient and honest judge who has served in the courtroom for many years and who, before becoming judge, led many jury trials. Justice prevails when judges carefully apply the rules of evidence, listen patiently to litigants and strictly interpret the law. The stakes are too high today for inexperienced or activist judges. I have been tested greatly. As a military combat veteran, I underwent a crucible that strengthened my character and resolve. As a state and federal prosecutor, I brought nearly 2,000 defendants to court. I investigated and tried murderers, drug dealers, white-collar conspirators, bank robbers, gang leaders and corrupt officials. As a judge, I have earned a reputation as a thoughtful, hardworking, honest and patient courtroom leader who treats all litigants fairly. I have also earned a reputation as a judge who thoughtfully and strictly applies the law — not what I or any interest group thinks the law should be. I am a judge who understands that every person’s day in court is usually the most important day in the world to that citizen.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I am the only candidate who spent an entire career as a trial attorney, prosecuting more than 2,000 cases in both state and federal courts, before becoming judge. I am the only candidate to have served as a circuit court judge, presiding over every type of case: criminal, civil and family law matters. Also, I am the only military veteran and lifetime public servant. Finally, unlike my six opponents, I was appointed by the governor to the bench after a very lengthy vetting and nomination process that included many interviews with bar committees, a nominating commission and, ultimately, Governor Larry Hogan himself. Many of my opponents applied to become a circuit court judge previously and none were among the candidates nominated for the governor’s consideration.

Annette DeCesaris
Candidate did not submit responses.

Kathleen Elmore
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
My first priority is to uphold the public trust and keep all persons safe from harm. I want to work to establish programs to foster the strength of familial relationships and to solve the substance abuse problem. Finally, I intend to actively seek to improve the perception of the public of the judicial system by working with other judges and attorneys to assure high ethical standards and to assure that all litigants are treated fairly and with dignity.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
My greatest challenge would be in attempting to assure that the decisions made are not only legally correct but also delivered timely, clearly, firmly, respectfully and with compassion for those who will be most impacted.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
First and foremost, I have 30 years of legal experience in Maryland and an excellent reputation in both the legal community and in my personal life. I am stable, healthy, firm and compassionate, and I have the ability and temperament to be fair and impartial. I have an exceptionally strong work ethic and respect for all persons and life in general, having grown up on a small farm with loving working-class parents of meager means. Perhaps best of all, I have a good sense of humor and common sense.

Rickey Nelson Jones
What would be your three priorities upon taking office?

  • Assure that all people, from all communities, are heard, respected, and in receipt of just adjudication of their affairs according to law
  • Assure out-of-court interaction with our community by attending community events
  • Assure our laws are respected to keep our communities civil, safe and secure

2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
Restoring faith and trust in our judicial system, and resisting all efforts to undermine my strong sense of love for my fellow man, justice for all and recognition of differences as something to be respected, not condemned.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?

  • Practicing in a diverse, multi-state law office for 25 years in state and federal courts
  • Several legal articles published nationwide
  • Deemed “qualified” to be a Maryland judge by bar associations
  • A life of serving others
  • Free from any and all controversy concerning finances or associations

Nevin Young
Candidate did not submit responses.

Governor

Rushern Baker
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
Education: As governor, my top funding priority will be to fully fund education. For me, education is personal. I know that education can change lives because it changed mine. As a kid, I struggled with reading, got into fights often, and was kicked out of many schools. If it weren't for my loving parents and dedicated teachers, I would not have had the opportunity to be the first in my family to graduate from college. I know that fully funding schools is the first step to ensuring that every student in our state has the same opportunities I had.
Our public schools are the heart of our communities. A good school is the sign of a healthy community, providing students with a lifetime of opportunity and a signal to families and businesses that this is somewhere they should move to and invest. As a county executive, I have consistently fought for increases in school funding for higher teacher salaries; dual-enrollment programs; and expanded universal pre-K and full-day kindergarten. As governor, I will prioritize fully funding our school systems.
Transportation: As stated above, if you want to bring jobs and economic development to Maryland, you start by investing in mass transit projects. Baltimore, which has been historically underserved with transit options, deserves the kind of economic prosperity and improved quality of life that accompanies mass transit, like the Red Line.
We need 21st-century solutions to our transit problems that will not only connect more people to jobs and take more cars off the road but projects that will spur economic development in the communities they serve.
Criminal Justice Reform: In order to reform our criminal justice system and make communities safer, we need to invest in short-term and long-term solutions. In the county, we were able to achieve historic reductions in crime in part because we had a partner in Governor O'Malley. That support is no longer there for counties.
The recidivism rate in Baltimore City is staggering — estimates by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services place it at 70 percent. Public Safety Compact, an innovative public-private partnership that finances in-prison drug treatment and comprehensive transition services upon release, has worked in Maryland. The recidivism rate for the program after three years is less than 10 percent and saved $2.5 million. Governor Hogan stopped the program; I would reinstate it immediately because investing in these programs not only saves money but also makes communities safer.
We will look at ways to address the systemic issues that perpetuate crime (including poverty, lack of jobs and poor education), reduce prison populations, address racial disparity and eliminate barriers for formerly incarcerated individuals to return to their communities.
The state must work to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by investing in programs like Roca that provide job training for at-risk teenagers, and provide educational opportunities in juvenile facilities. Investing in long-term solutions that address the root causes of crime and reforming our criminal justice system will be a top funding priority of mine.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
The biggest challenging will be turning around Maryland's stagnant economy and returning our education system back to No. 1 in the country.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I’m the only person in this race who has served as a chief executive of a major jurisdiction, served in the Maryland General Assembly and run nonprofits. I’ve knocked on doors and managed a $1 billion budget.

Larry Hogan
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
Every Marylander deserves the dignity and security that comes with a good job. During the O’Malley administration, high taxes and overregulation drove businesses away and killed jobs. Our administration will build on the work we have done during my first term by expanding economic opportunity and job creation to all Marylanders. We will continue to hold the line on taxes, pass balanced budgets and make critical investments in education, transportation and environmental protection, all of which are vital to continued economic prosperity.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
I believe very strongly that every single child in Maryland deserves a world-class education regardless of what neighborhood they grow up in. Parents and students deserve to know that their schools will be first-class centers for learning and opportunity development.
Over the past four years, our administration has been proud to invest a record $25 billion in K-12 education and that level of support will not only continue but increase during my second term. I have also proposed stronger accountability in our local school systems through higher academic standards, improved safety and aggressive measures to root out corruption and mismanagement.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I’m not a politician. I’m a lifelong small-businessman who ran for governor because I was frustrated with years of never-ending tax hikes and the blatant disregard for everyday Marylanders by out-of-touch politicians in Annapolis. I wanted to change Maryland for the better, and over the past four years, we’ve made incredible progress and we can’t turn back now. Our administration will continue to protect taxpayers, restore fiscal responsibility, and open Maryland’s doors to increased economic opportunity.

Ralph Jaffe
Candidate did not submit responses.

Ben Jealous
Candidate did not submit responses.

James Jones
Candidate did not submit responses.

Rich Madeleno
Candidate did not submit responses.

Jim Shea
Candidate did not submit responses.

Krish O'Mara Vignarajah
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
I'm focused on three things: providing free cradle-to-career education, building an inclusive economy and protecting our environment. My administration will fully fund our education system, add 250,000 new jobs to our economy and protect our state's treasured natural resources — particularly the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland needs a governor willing to help everyone reach their full potential, regardless of their age, income, race or zip code.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
The greatest challenge facing any governor remains addressing systemic wealth and income inequality. We need to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses, reinvest in education and transit infrastructure, and ensure everyone has a chance to succeed.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
I was Michelle Obama’s policy director and served as senior adviser to two secretaries of state in the Obama administration, after spending several years working in law and business. I’m a lifelong Marylander, the daughter of two Baltimore City public school teachers and the only K-12 product of Maryland public schools in this race.

Shawn Quinn
Candidate did not submit responses.

Alec Ross
1. What would be your three priorities upon taking office?
We must reset how education is funded in the state, prioritizing quality, 21st-century programs for all students. We need to re-evaluate transportation options and focus on mass transit options that reduce commute times. Lastly, our environmental policy must protect our resources, while creating jobs for Marylanders.
2. What would be the greatest challenge you would face in this office?
The greatest challenge any organization faces is how to innovate and collaborate while still carrying out the essential functions that need to get done. As governor, I will seek to make our state’s government as efficient and innovative as it has ever been, while working closely with legislators and state employees.
3. What aspect of your background or your experience sets you apart from others running for this office?
My career has been spent in public service, whether as a public school teacher, nonprofit founder or Obama administration official. I have experiences that many other candidates for office don’t, and although I have worked in government in senior positions, I have always been focused on innovation and how we solve real-world issues.

Ian Schlakman
Candidate did not submit responses.
 


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