Candidate Survey: Jonathan Boniface for Anne Arundel County Council, District 7
Office Sought and District
Anne Arundel County Council, District 7
Bachelor of Science, Frostburg State Univ. 1995; Leadership Anne Arundel 2017
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Financial Services/Stay at home father
Leader of Build Crofton High School; volunteered on many Republican campaigns in 2014 (Vitale, Adams, Saab, Hogan) & 2016 (Faddis, Plaster, 4 Judges Strong); County Executive Schuh’s Education Transition Committee 2015
Why are you running for office?
To serve the people of District 7 and provide them a voice on the County Council that has their best interests at the forefront. We need honest citizens with commitment and integrity to serve, and I am not one to sit back and hope someone else does it. As is my record in my community, I step up and lead.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
My political role models are those elected officials that put in the time to listen and help their constituents. The ones that brush aside the political pressure and instead do what is right for those they serve, instead of what is best for their own political ambitions/career.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Hard to think of just one. The writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have always been some of my favorites. Dr. King stood up, in the face of great opposition, to fight for what is right. He, along with so many others, made a difference in our country and his words still ring true to this day. He stepped up to lead, and paid the ultimate sacrifice for doing so. He battled the political forces of the day and changed the lives of generations of people.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
The constituents of District 7. When they elect me, they will be my top priority each and every day for the next four years.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
The heroin and opioid epidemic is the biggest issue facing our county. We are the third highest county in the state in overdoses. Burglaries, robberies, and theft are up significantly in Anne Arundel County and a lot of those are directly related to this epidemic as addicts do whatever it takes for them to get their next high. This is stressing our police and fire departments significantly as they are the first response to the cases of crimes and overdoses.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
In the years we have a significant surplus, we should shore up our public safety needs (police and fire fighters) and then give back excesses to the taxpayers. Spending on parks should be deferred until we give the public safety sector the manpower they desperately need.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
I fully support the voter-imposed tax cap that is currently in place.
What is your position on land use issues?
I believe in adhering to the General Development Plan and the 16 Small Area Plans, each of which should be updated and incorporated into the next General Development Plan. We need to better manage growth in our priority funding areas and continue fighting to keep South County rural.
What is your position on public safety?
Our police and fire fighters are understaffed. We are asking these brave men and women to do the job of two people, often putting them and our citizens at increased risk. We are losing some of our best and brightest to nearby jurisdictions. These men and women are on the front lines in this heroin and opioid epidemic, and we need to make sure they have the manpower and tools to combat it.