Candidate Survey: Frank Cooke for Delegate, District 37A
Frank E. Cooke
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B.S. Math, M.S. Statistics, M.S. Computer Science, B. A. History
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Commissioner, City of Cambridge, MD
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Why are you running for office?
To bring Republican values to District 37-A and to unite our district with three Republican votes in the General Assembly.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Governor Hogan because he is a centrist leader who is trying to role back anti-business regulations and to create a business-friendly state while including all who want to enjoy living in our great state.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris which describes the rise of Theodore Roosevelt.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Creating job opportunities for my district.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Poverty and unemployment.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
1) High taxes which make us less competitive in attracting business. 2) Illegal drug use throughout the state, 3) Funding for public education
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
Personally opposed to abortion but believe in the rule of law, in this case the Roe vs. Wade decision which is now the law of the land. I don’t feel strongly one way or another in regard to assisted suicide.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Maryland has an opportunity to lower the tax rate owing to the projected increase in Maryland tax revenue resulting from the lowering of federal taxes. Our goal should be to reduce the tax rate and we should consider tax overhaul, which is long overdue. Maryland needs to get out the business of tax credits unless they are driven by competition by neighboring states. Any new spending proposals need to have identified sources of revenue for that spending. The General Assembly needs more “lockbox” programs.
What is your position on gun rights?
They are absolute. The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms and the Supreme Court has ruled against infringements like the Sullivan Law. It’s the law of the land.
What is your position on education?
I am a product of public education and believe in it. Nevertheless, dictates from the state and from the federal Department of Education rob local officials of their authority to create educational programs. One size does not fit all. Let’s let teachers teach and stop throttling them with useless paper work.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
Not in favor except for bona fide medical reasons.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
I don’t take alcohol and am not familiar with this system.
Legislators can receive $101 per day for lodging and $47 per day for meals during the 90-day General Assembly session. If elected, do you plan to accept these benefits? Why or why not?
Yes, I live two hours away from Annapolis. Without the subsidy, I would face an additional burden in living expenses.
There is a culture of depravity and sexual harassment prevalent in the Maryland General Assembly. As a legislator, how will you work to end this culture of depravity and to ensure that those who commit these acts are removed from the General Assembly?
I don’t drink, smoke, or gamble and am happily married. There will be no depravity from me and I will not participate in the depravity of others. Sexual harassment has no place in the workplace.