Where I stand on issues important to D-16 residents
My wife and I, like many residents of the greater Bethesda community, chose to live here because of quality public schools, lovely residential neighborhoods, and professional opportunities to provide for our family. We work hard to afford to live in Bethesda.
District 16 is Montgomery County’s major source of tax revenue, yet, our concerns and our issues are not heard, much less addressed by the Delegates we elect to represent us in Annapolis.
I am running to stand up for Montgomery County and most importantly for the residents of the greater Bethesda community. These are our priorities:
Quality Public Education
I support more STEM education and the referendum that places casino revenues in a lockbox for education. School safety is essential and that includes protecting children from predators and providing separate educational opportunities for students older than 18 years to earn a high school diploma. School Board accountability is important and the addition of an Inspector General is a solid step forward.
I am concerned about the Kirwin Commission and its proposed taking of millions of dollars from Montgomery County schools. I will stand up for Montgomery County schools and teachers’ salaries. One recommendation by the consultants proposed cutting state aid to MCPS by 63%. I will speak out against any attempt by the Kirwin Commission to take millions from Montgomery County schools.
Montgomery County’s economic decline has placed our quality schools in jeopardy. Strong Schools Need a Strong Economy. We must expand our tax base so we can afford our schools.
Reduce Traffic Congestion
Traffic congestion is a serious challenge for our quality of life and our local economy. It will require comprehensive transportation solutions and investment in transit and roads. I will work with Governor Hogan and the Maryland Department of Transportation to find the best commonsense remedies to alleviate congestion on our roads and improve our public transit systems. Costly county expenditures such as bike lanes on major roads will only worsen traffic congestion.
Business Friendly Environment
Montgomery County's jobs market is stagnant. I will promote private investment and business innovation in the county and help small business by opposing unreasonable regulations and taxes. Montgomery County must attract more quality jobs to increase homeownership to grow our tax base and support our public services, quality schools and transportation systems.
I pledge to introduce legislation to do away with the county government’s liquor monopoly. Working with Governor Hogan, we will open Montgomery County for business.
As a small business owner and father of three, I know only too well the cost of healthcare. I appreciate the Governor’s work with the General Assembly that protects Marylanders’ health care options and stabilizes insurance rates.
Healthcare is a major business in Montgomery County and we are fortunate that National Institutes of Health is located in Bethesda creating a hub for medical research and tech companies. We need to do more to encourage investment in scientific innovation in our area.
I support fully the Governor’s approach to combatting the heroin, opioid and fentanyl crisis. Soon after taking office, he declared a state of emergency and set up an Opioid Operational Command Center to coordinate and state and locate agencies, imposed a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, limited the amount a health care provider can prescribe and strengthened laws to impose strict penalties on distribution of fentanyl.
Protect Our Environment
I support restoration of Chesapeake Bay, rivers and streams. For generations my wife’s family has relied on the crab industry for their restaurants in Calvert County. Other issues I will champion: clean drinking water, reduction of excessive aircraft noise, and green spaces in urban development. I will fight any legislation that attempts to increase property taxes on green spaces in Montgomery County.