Candidate Survey: Kinsey Weems for Calvert County Sheriff
Office Sought and District
Calvert County Sheriff
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Why are you running for office?
I see a need for a redirection of assets and resources within the county’s law enforcement. Although the Sheriff’s Deputies do a fantastic job, there is more that can be done. I and others believe that I am the right person to move our Sheriff’s Department in the direction needed to combat the serious heroin and drug epidemic. There are many reasons that I have made the decision to run for County Sheriff. That is just one.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Abraham Lincoln. Although no longer living, he carried himself with great distinction, pride, and patriotism. His perseverance is what made him a great man to inspire a nation. His death was a tragic loss to our country.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
I do not truthfully read about politics and policy. I instead read books that are help me to improve my thoughts and positivity. I read books on negotiation and psychology. Mainly dealing with police activities.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
My top priority will be to counter the ever increasing drug issue in the county, with special regards to the heroin epidemic. We will involve ourselves in all aspects of this problem, from enforcement to detention, and treatment to recovery. This is a community issue, not an individual one. Through the Sheriff’s Partner Program that I have developed and is still evolving, we will be in a better position to combat the issue through an intelligence led policing. It will be an awesome transition that will produce measurable results through a completely transparent Sheriff’s Office.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
Drug trafficking & crimes that associate with drugs use. For example, increased robberies, burglaries, drunk and drugged driving, thefts, and shoplifting.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I believe in spending wisely. Every penny is important and I consider spending to be a very important responsibility to every elected office. As for taxes I would like to see lower taxes. I have already reviewed the current budget for the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center. I am happy to say that I have already found ways to improve spending.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
I don’t think that we should limit ourselves with a cap, however, those that are responsible for spending budgets, should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
What is your position on land use issues?
Our land use issues are always going to be debatable. One thing in our county that frustrates me is the TDR program and trying to build a house. It is not an easy process and is truthfully an expensive venture before you ever get to break ground. I see the farms in our county drying up and not being used. All the while our town centers are limited in what can be built and how.
The infrastructure of our county should be placed first before the decisions of land use. Our outdated infrastructure can be added as cause for the number of traffic crashes. There are far more people using our roads than there were 25 years ago. And that number increases every year with new drivers.
What is your position on public safety?
As someone who has been a public servant in the public safety community for the past twenty-five years, I take public safety very seriously. Our firefighters, EMT’s, and Sheriff’s Deputies work tirelessly to improve the lives of each of us daily. Using my pst and present experience from the United States Army, the Volunteer Fire Department, the Police Department, I believe that this is a great way for me to continue my public service in safety. Thank you.