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Candidate Survey: Michael Thomas for Delegate, District 27B

Name
Michael A. Thomas

Age
63

Office Sought and District
House of Delegates, 27B (PG/Calvert)

Education
BA, St. John’s U., NY, 1977, cum laude, Political Science & Public Administration

Career/Occupation
Certified, Licensed Real Estate Appraiser

Political Experience
Past President, Nassau Co., NY YR’s, 1979. Campaign & Congressional Press Secretary, Rep. J. LeBoutillier and Rep. A. Ireland, 1980-1984. Speechwriter, SBA, Reagan Administration, 1985-86. Candidate, Orphans Court, Calvert County, 1998. Campaign Volunteer: Williams for Congress, MD, 1986, 1988, Mark Fisher for Delegate, 2010, 2014.

Website
www.michaelathomasfordelegate.com

Social Media Accounts
Facebook: Friends of Michael A. Thomas

Why are you running for office?
For too long the Democrat majority has over-taxed, over-spent and over-regulated in Maryland. Gov. Hogan has led the battle to bring Maryland back to fiscal, legislative and ethical sanity. He needs five State Senate or seven House of Delegate seats to finish the job. 27B is winnable and I have pledged the time and resources to win this seat back. With 30 years of business, community and service involvement in Calvert & Prince George’s Counties, I am confident we can win this seat and continue to change Maryland for the better.

Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan. All of these leaders maintained high standards of integrity and principles during times of crisis and political confrontation. Fight for the right, speak truth and maintain civility. That is how I will serve as Delegate in District 27B.

What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
“Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years” . “We will never surrender!” “Never, never, never give in.” During the dark days of World War II, when western civilization hung in the balance, Churchill stood alone in defense of liberty against tyranny. Today, we face an onslaught against the values that built and sustain our country. America and Maryland are good because her people are good. I believe that liberty is preferable to subjugation; opportunity to dependency and that hope is preferable to despair.

What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
To cut spending, cut taxes and promote economic freedom and opportunity for all Marylanders.

What is the biggest issue facing your district?
I will advocate for the elimination of retirement taxes for all retirees – – many of whom cannot afford to retire in their homes close to family and friends. Calvert County confronts the looming specter of long term debt, rising taxes caused by over-spending while Prince George’s County confronts municipal corruption, education system fraud, increasing taxes and municipal service cuts. The opioid crisis is a national problem that must continue to be aggressively addressed.

What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Culture of corruption caused by decades of one party dominance. Fiscal insolvency caused by unchecked mandated spending. Hyper partisanship in the State government.

What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights – – that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. . . “. I am pro-life and as such will oppose the public funding of abortion as I will similarly oppose measures to permit assisted suicide.

What is your position on taxes and spending?
84% of the Maryland State budget is automatically renewed – – and increased annually! – – courtesy of the Democrat majority in the legislature. Gov. Hogan has cut hundreds of millions in fees, outlays and expenses. I will enthusiastically support continued efforts to further cut taxes and spending wherever possible.

What is your position on gun rights?
I support the 2nd amendment right to bear arms.

What is your position on education?
Education is foundational to our society. It should be comprehensive , reflecting our common heritage, local character and evolving technologies. The greatest force to bring about the most effective education for our children is the families of those in school. Schools must be safe, protected and adequately funded. Teachers should be held in esteem and adequately compensated. As well, superintendent and administrator compensation packages have to be reviewed.

What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
Our nation and state do not need more legalized drugs. The societal consequences of legalization in Colorado are startling. Legitimate medical marijuana should be analyzed and considered for those truly in need.

What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
Recent legislation in Maryland has hindered the establishment and growth of smaller craft brewers. Our state system of alcohol sale and distribution is arcane and a detriment to local business development and it needs to be significantly amended.

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?
This compensation is authorized by law and functions on a use it or lose it basis. That is to say, if a Delegate does not use lodging and meals, then the funds are not expended. Given the demands of time, travel and self-employment, I would utilize these benefits, when necessary, in order to fulfill my duties as a Delegate.

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?
Every individual has a personal code of ethics and morality. Throughout the course of my professional career, I have always treated employees and colleagues with dignity and respect. I endeavor to hold myself to high standards and will continue to exhibit them to all who I meet – – and expect the same in return.






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