Candidate Survey: Deb Sullivan for Baltimore County Council, District 6
Office Sought and District
Baltimore County Council District 6
High School Graduate 1976
Owner of Family Business 30 yrs
I have worked on several campaigns of candidates I’ve believed in since the 1980’s. I have also lobbied for BCPS budgets in our County, as well as legislation in Annapolis pertaining to small businesses. I was on the committee that lobbied for the ‘Slow Down Move Over’ law for 1st Responders. The Law was passed in 2014.
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Why are you running for office?
I have been very disheartened with the direction Baltimore County has been moving in for the past seven years. We have had leadership who has been more concerned with special interest groups, than the citizens and small businesses in our County. The current administration has over-stepped the County Council on certain issues, proceeding without their approval. There seems to be no sense of teamwork in the current administration. Specifically in my District, folks complain that their concerns are not addressed, and phone calls are not returned. Leaders seem to be more concerned with over-development, rather than the overcrowded schools. Behavior issues, bullying, gangs, in the schools in our District seems on the rise. Students do not feel safe. Teachers, Resource Police, Support Staff, Bus Drivers and Attendants feel their hands are tied. Small business are closing, existing businesses are not thriving. There are too many vacant commercial and residential buildings in our District, yet new commercial buildings are getting built. I believe we can do better, working together.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Governor Larry Hogan is my role model. He has a business background and approaches issues facing Maryland with common sense solutions, while working in a bi-partisan manner.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
‘One Nation’ by Ben Carson, MD. Dr Carson shares his common sense solutions to issues facing our nation. He addresses religion, schools, bullying, taxes, national deficit, respect, and the division in our country. I believe in his common sense approach to issues.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
My top priority is schools. Students do not feel safe. Schools are overcrowded. Parents, Teachers, Bus drivers and Attendants have shared many concerns with me. The issues within our schools spill out into neighborhoods and communities. As a result, there is increased crime in neighborhoods and in communities.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
Violence, drugs, and crime in our school and neighborhoods.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Lower taxes, limit spending, using common sense conservative decisions.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
I would want to study this more, and talk to the voters in my District.
What is your position on land use issues?
Balanced and conservative. We need to look at the community. Make common sense decisions. Balance green space, housing, single family homes, commercial buildings and shopping centers.
What is your position on public safety?
Public safety is a huge concern. More police presence in neighborhoods, shopping centers, school properties. Reinforce the Neighborhood Watch and Citizens on Patrol programs. Work with Communities and County to provide after school programs for teenagers; positive activities to keeps kids off of the streets and involve them in constructive activities. Look into reviving the Community Outreach programs. Ensure Drug Prevention programs are in place in schools, as well in the Community. Ensure Drug Prevention and Rehabilitation opportunities are available for residents of all ages.