Candidate Survey: Haven Shoemaker for House of Delegates, District 5

Haven Shoemaker
Office Sought and District
Delegate, District 5
UMBC B.A. ’87; Widener University School of Law J.D. ’92
Political Experience
Hampstead Councilman (1997-2003); Mayor of Hampstead (2003-2010); Carroll County Commissioner (2010-2014); House of Deliegates (2015-present)
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Why are you running for office?
Under Governor Hogan’s leadership, we have made significant strides in changing Maryland for the better. I want to work with him to lower taxes more, and keep spending in check.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
I came of age during the Reagan administration. Enough said.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
The Federalist Papers
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Tax relief
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Reducing government interference in our lives.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Taxes; opioids (and the consequences thereof); spending
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am pro-life, and am against assisted suicide.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
We need to cut both.
What is your position on gun rights? 
Additional gun-grabbing legislation is useless. Maryland should be a “shall issue” state.
What is your position on education?
Education has been a top priority for me throughout my public life. However, throwing money at an issue willy-nilly solves nothing.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
Opposed (other than medical marijuana, which the legislature legalized before I got there)
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
We need a reconfiguration of the system to allow wineries and microbreweries to flourish
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?
There are benefits I don’t accept, like mileage. I do stay in Annapolis during session because committee hearings often go late, and the commute to Carroll County is a bear.
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?
Sexual harassment cannot be tolerated, and folks who engage in that should be dealt with harshly.

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