Candidate Survey: Mark Lynch for Calvert County Register of Wills
Mark S. Lynch
Office Sought and District
Calvert County Register of Wills
BA University of Maryland College Park; JD Delaware Law School, Master of Laws, University of Baltimore Law School
Ran as the Republican Candidate for Calvert County Register of Wills in 2014 General Election.
Why are you running for office?
The Register of Wills, while not a public policy office, is an important public servant collecting millions in inheritance taxes. It is a public service office directing touching the lives of Calvert County citizens who face the loss of a loved one while navigating the complexities of the Maryland estate administration laws. I have dedicated my legal career to helping families face the challenges of estate planning, simplifying the complexities of estates and taxation, and counseling families through this difficult period in their lives.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
President Ronald Reagan for his social conservatism, leadership during the cold war, and essentially founding the modern version of the Republican Party.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
The Emerging Republican Majority by Kevin Phillips. A remarkable and influential book on political science which forecast the Republican takeover of the South and the subsequent effect on American politics.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
Implementation of electronic filing of estates to improve efficiency and reduce costs, utilization of Alternative Dispute Resolution in lieu of litigation in Orphan’s Court, implementation of public access electronic Will Registry database to allow citizens to verify their deposit of wills for safekeeping.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
An estimated 50% of all adult Calvert County residents do not have a will or estate plan. I would implement a public outreach program “With a Will…There’s a Way…” to inform the public of the need for a will and estate plan to protect families and loved ones.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
The Office of Register of Wills has no authority on taxation and spending.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
The Office of Register of Wills has no authority on a county tax cap.
What is your position on land use issues?
The Office of Register of Wills has no authority on land use issues.
What is your position on public safety?
The Office of Register of Wills has no authority on pubclic safety.