Candidate Survey: Marc King for Delegate, District 15
Marc A. King
Office Sought and District
House of Delegates Leg. District 15
Masters in Public Administration
Retired US Army Officer 30 years in the E Suite
Why are you running for office?
To bring an end to One Party Rule in MD and Montgomery County and increase support for Gov. Hogans programs
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
President of the United States Donald Trump. He broke with convention on all counts defying the pundits and won an election that everyone was convinced he would lose.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
The Return of Washington: Uniting the United States, 1783-1789 by Edward J. Larson. He was able to get widely disparate factions that were living under the Articles of Confederation into a room in Philadelphia and they came up with a blueprint for governing a country that has been the most enduring form of government ever conceived by man. It is reflective of the times that we are living in now and demonstrates how a true leader can bring a truly divided country together.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Support for the Hogan agenda: Infrastructure/I-270 and 495, continued reduction of regulations that stifle small business development, reduction of and better use of tax dollars, education improvements and school safety without the focus on the gun as the “only” solution!
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
The opioid crisis, MS-13 expanding gang violence, traffic congestion, school safety, rising property taxes and how they are being spent.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Opioid drug proliferation and law enforcement actions to solve it, Sanctuary status as a state – this cannot pass., Competitive attractiveness to businesses that can come to Maryland through deregulation and improved tax codes.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
Abortion is the Law of the Land and I am a firm believer in the way the laws are formulated and interpreted by the Supreme Court. I also believe that as a civilized society we need to have a mechanism in place that will allow for a woman to make a choice based on the factors she deems to vital to herself. However I would not oppose and in fact would support the idea of not allowing abortion after the first trimester of a pregnancy and I am complete oppose late term abortion. I oppose assisted suicide.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I favor a balanced budget at all levels of government and believe that some taxes such as a hike in property taxes disproportionately penalizes the elderly and retired who are living on fixed incomes and may not have budgeted such increases. Deficit spending is not an option at the state level but the proper use of tax dollars as proposed by the Governor and overridden by the Democrat controlled legislature needs to stop by putting more Republicans in the State House.
What is your position on gun rights?
The Second Amendment is #2 on the Bill of Rights for a reason. The Founding Fathers were not arbitrary in placing it there. It was on their minds having just fought a war against a government that would impose itself on its people and they understood, as do I that the only way to insure that government does not infringe on the rights of the people is to have a way to combat such actions and that 2nd Amendment to the Constitution maintains and grantees that right to us along with the right to defend one’s self against any number of things that could impact someone. I would like to see the reciprocity laws for “Concealed Carry” be made uniform across all the state.
What is your position on education?
I believe that the current education system in Montgomery County is failing the citizens of the county. Test scores are dropping precipitously. We get more money per student than any other county in Maryland and our standard test scores suck! There is to much interest in teaching social justice issues and not enough focus on teaching fundamentals. The education system is focused on aiming all students at college… their should be an equal emphasis on development of trade and vocational skills and technical service jobs in medicine and health care coupled to apprenticeship programs that will be needed to support, repair and expand the infrastructure in this state and county as well take care of an aging population.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I do not support the legalization of any intoxicant for the benefit of social or recreational use.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
It is an outdated method of trying to control alcohol sales and distribution. The government should not be in the business of warehousing, distributing and selling alcohol on an exclusive basis. Let the free market ride on this one. Ending this practice could net Montgomery County alone a $69M budget savings.
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 have not given this question any real thought in the past and would defer any answer without further study to a future response.
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?
The text book answer would of course be to say simply to enforce existing laws but that is too simple. This is a complex issue that requires a whole host of actions to occur when a violation is exposed. Cronyism and a response to protect those who are violators must be identified and stopped. Victims must come forward in a timely manner and confront those that they accuse not hiding behind anonymity. Immediate action on the part of enforcement agencies will help to eliminate the problem. Finally a return to and enforcement of standards that are clear and unequivocal in their behavioral expectation for Members of the Assembly.