Candidate Survey: Joe Norman for Delegate, District 8
Office Sought and District
House of Delegates, District 8
B.S. in Physics from Salisbury University, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University
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Small Business Owner, Residential Real Estate Sales
Treasurer and Vice President of Club Conservative, Volunteer on several Republican campaigns
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Why are you running for office?
Because I want Maryland to be a state that values individual liberty above central decision making. I want to see less taxes, less government, and less long term social welfare programs.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
My Godfather, Senator Wayne Norman, because he was honest, open, and principled in a way that few politicians have the courage to be.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Strengthening our criminal justice system to protect hardworking, law abiding people from the handful of repeat offenders who reek havoc on our communities.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
School discipline, an increase in criminal activity in the community, and the perceived expansion of voucher housing.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
1) Over taxation which is causing economic stagnation; 2) A soft-on-crime approach to criminal justice; 3) Political gerrymandering which is causing polarization in the General Assembly and our Congressional Delegation
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am generally opposed to abortion because I believe the state should be protecting individuals, including the unborn, from violence (I do think there is room for some narrow exceptions); I am not opposed to assisted suicide in certain instances as I believe that individuals should have the ability to make this decision for themselves, in consultation with their friends, family, and doctors.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
While I would love to see lower taxes in our state, I’m not sure that that can be done in a significant way without reforming the strict mandatory spending guidelines imposed by the General Assembly.
What is your position on gun rights?
I am a hunter and a gun owner, and I generally believe that all responsible, law abiding individuals should have the right to carry a gun for self protection and the protection of their family and property.
What is your position on education?
I think that providing a basic education is a core responsibility of government, but I do not believe in assessing the state’s commitment to education solely by the amount of money spent on the public education system.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I generally do not think that individual marijuana use has enough of a negative public impact to warrant criminalization. However, I’m not sure that the government should be sanctioning it through legalization either. I’m torn on this one, frankly.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
I think the three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol is a protectionist scheme that is inhibiting the growth of the craft beer and spirits industry in our state.
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?
I will likely accept the entire lodging per diem so that I have a permanent place to lay my head while in session. I will only seek reimbursement for money spent on meals that I actually pay for (as opposed to just taking the $47 per day).
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?
By setting a strong example for my fellow legislators and by doing anything I can to make sure that sexual offenders are publicly named.