Candidate Survey: Kathy Szeliga for Delegate, District 7
Office Sought and District
House of Delegates, D7
TU Bachelor’s degree – elementary education
small business owner – construction
House of Delegates – 7 years
Why are you running for office?
Working with Gov Hogan to Change Maryland for the better
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Ellen Sauerbrey, Andy Harris, Margaret Thatcher – Principled conservative leaders and great role models
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie This is a classic book that everyone should read. It is great common sense ideas about how to treat people and how to get things done in life and politics.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
My top priority is protecting Maryland families from the far left Progressives in Annapolis who want to turn Maryland into a Sanctuary State and a socialist economy.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
My district spans from the Pennsylvania line to Middle River and encompasses both Baltimore and Harford Counties. It is rural, suburban and borderline urban. As our economy is improving, keeping taxes from increasing is important and, equally important is the crime issue that is spilling over from Baltimore City.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Economic stability/jobs, crime, and health care
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am pro-life from the womb to natural death. I do not support assisted suicide.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I have one of the top records in Annapolis for fighting taxes and bringing government spending under control. I believe that Marylanders do a better job of spending their money than the government.
What is your position on gun rights?
I am pro 2nd Amendment and have been endorsed by pro 2A groups.
What is your position on education?
As an educator with a degree in elementary education, education is always a top priority for me. Maryland schools are spending more than $17,000 per pupil per year when capital projects are included in spending budgets. We need education accountability to see where this money is going. Maryland tops the nation in how much we spend per pupil and how much we spend on administration rather than in the classroom. I support charter schools in all areas and school choice beginning with students in failing public schools. Every child deserves a great education regardless of their zip code.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I oppose recreational marijuana. I voted for medical marijuana.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
Maryland’s alcohol laws need to be modernized. This year, I had a bill to allow package goods store to open in Baltimore County on Sundays if they want to. Many of our liquor laws do not make sense, like this one.
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?
During our 90 day legislative session, I work 12 hour + days in order to effectively serve my constituents and the taxpayers in Maryland. Consequently, I stay in Annapolis in order to make sure the rights of Maryland citizens and taxpayers are protected.
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?
Over the last three years or more, there have been legislators wearing FBI wires in sting operations during the legislative session. Two Prince George’s County delegates resigned after being caught taking bribes. One Baltimore City Senator has been charged with taking bribes and is facing federal corruption charges with a trial dates soon after this legislative session ends. He should resign but will not, and apparently the Democrat Party cannot force him out, nor can the Legislative Ethics Committee. A long time Baltimore County lobbyist for Baltimore County Executives and Baltimore County Public Schools has been charged with taking bribes and corruption. There were Prince George’s County liquor board members indicted in corruption and bribery scandals too. There needs to be a tougher stand against the number of scandals with lawmakers and lobbyists. I’m glad to see the FBI pursuing actions against the corruption and it should be expanded with tougher sentences. It is very important for legislators to stand up against corruption and stand against any type of discrimination or sexual harassment and I am committed to those ideals. The high level of corruption is a black cloud over the Annapolis State House.