Candidate Survey: Lauren Arikan for House of Delegates, District 7
Office Sought and District
Small Business Owner
Citizen Lobbying since 2010, political since birth.
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Why are you running for office?
I enjoy the process of legislating. I enjoy reading bills, which is a rarity in Annapolis. This legislature is also in desperate need of an infusion of some fresh young faces. We need to get millennial conservatives involved more in politics or we might like the future of Maryland even less.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
I look up to local politicians who get the job done without compromising their morals. I’ve been greatly inspired by Nic Kipke. He’s a a strong leader with a compassionate heart. He gave me hope that even in this gerrymandered legislature, conservative principals can be protected. He also shows grace in defeat, which is unfortunately something conservatives face daily here.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
I care deeply about relieving our retirees from the burdens of high taxes. We are losing our seniors to states like Pennsylvania and Delaware, not to mention Florida, because many realize the financial benefit of leaving Maryland when you’re on a fixed income. This is particularly concerning for conservatives who need our senior conservatives to help us balance the power in this state. If they leave, they take their votes and voices with them.
I also would like to see more done to encourage small businesses. These minimum wage laws, paid sick leave laws, they will destroy small businesses, cause widespread automation and young people will have even less opportunity than they already have.
And finally, immigration issues are also big for me. My husband immigrated to this country through the front door. He used the proper channels, had a sponsor, paid money, waited, was tested and interviewed. I was interviewed. I don’t think it’s too much to ask that all those wishing to immigrate do the same. Living in this country is a great privilege and I do not want to see the state turn into a “sanctuary state.” Which is really a Democratic spin job for a name. What it really causes is our state to be a shining beacon for criminals to come an victimize these illegal immigrants and the surrounding communities because they know those communities will not cooperate with police. This is harmful not only to the citizens of Maryland, but to businesses and the country as a whole.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
This is a very geographically diverse district. So, I’ll break it down by area a bit. The district on whole is greatly concerned with taxes, particularly for retirees, illegal immigration and the opiate epidemic, which breeds crime. In the northern rural areas the biggest issues voters care about are preventing the use of eminent domain in AG preserved areas and preserving the rural way of life by curbing out of control development that local infrastructure cannot accommodate . In the areas closer to the 95 corridor schools and crime top the list. Issues that would be greatly improved on the Baltimore County side by a conservative County Exec and some turnover on the Council. In addition, heavier restrictions on new section 8 housing in the area of middle river and Joppa would be a step in the right direction for these areas.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Jobs, jobs, jobs. We need to continue on the trajectory of increasing access to jobs that the Governor has put us on. This will help alleviate many other issues we’re facing in regards to poverty and increased crime. One of the best ways to do this is through revamping the state tax code. If we could address jobs, crime would go down, tax base would go up, quality of life would go up and people would move here instead of leave, further increasing the tax base. Make Maryland Prosperous Again! And of course, preventing Sanctuary policy and further encroachment of our second amendment rights will also play a huge role in quality of life here.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
Pro-life, across the board.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Keep them both as low as fiscally possible.
What is your position on gun rights?
A well armed society is a polite society. Wear and Carry needs massive expansion.
What is your position on education?
Curriculum should be decided on the local level. Top down education reform has never served any other purpose than the dumbing down of our society.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
Full legalization, no. It’s like any other pharmaceutical and should be treated as such.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
I’m not a fan of excessive restrictions on small local businesses, which this system seems to impart.
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 use a portion of this. Travel to and from my home is a 3 hour round trip or more in traffic. I believe I will best be able to serve this community if I’m local to Annapolis during session.
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?
If I see something, I’ll say something. Naming names is the only way to combat this. The legislature should create a more efficient method of reprimanding those responsible. Unfortunately, I think the democrats are too afraid of what might come out about their leadership to do anything.