Candidate Survey: Roussan Etienne, Jr. for State Senate, District 27
Roussan “ROU’ Etienne Jr.
Office Sought and District
MD State Senate Legislative District 27(A,B,C) Calvert,Charles & Prince George’s Counties
Gradate- Northwestern High School, Degree Philosophy Humane Letters, CICA International University & Seminary
Current fulltime Politician/Volunteer Chaplain Baden Fire Department
Republican Central Committee-Charles/PG(Present),Dr Ben Carson for President-Alternate State Delegate-Congressional District 5 (2016), Prince George’s County Executive-Unaffiliated Write-In Candidate(2014)
Social Media Accounts
Roussan Etienne Jr on Facebook
Why are you running for office?
I have the utmost respect for the citizens of Calvert, Charles and Prince George’s, Counties and understand their needs for a government that works for them. I will work for common sense legislation that will benefit the 27th District. My platform is ‘SERVANT LEADERSHIP’ for CHANGE. I will focus on election and good government, education & drug intervention, environmental justice, job creation, foreclosures and lowering taxes, (No new business, personal, and property tax).
“My mission whether local, state or federal is to build people without tearing down their financial vehicle, by preserving, creating & building new wealth for the forgotten ones”
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Governor Larry Hogan- Good man & Strong Leader!
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Policy Paradox The Art of Political Decision Making – I love books that looks at All sides ,by exposing the paradoxes that underlie even seemingly straightforward policy decisions,regardless of how Policy making is a political struggle over values and ideas.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
My Priority in the General Assembly is EQUITY. My goal is to ensure that all citizens have equal access to opportunity and prosperity.
A Vote for ‘ROU’ is A Vote for ‘YOU’
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
ECONOMIC FREEDOM – I will make sure we support legislation for NO NEW TAXES on business, personal & property)
A Vote for ROU is A ‘TAX CREDIT’ for YOU
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Keeping Maryland’s Economy Strong
Maryland still retains its AAA bond rating. It is one of only eleven states to achieve this highest award. Maryland’s economy continues to outperform the country as a whole. Information technology, telecommunications, and aerospace and defense are leading forces behind Maryland’s economic growth. In the biotechnology area, Maryland is a noted leader and is at the center in the mapping of the human genome and commercial applications that result from its research.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
Education & Life Intervention. I will make sure we support COMMON SENSE Legislation that will SAVES LIVES, with a structured solution oriented process undertaken to persuade someone who has a problem with drug or alcohol abuse to seek help in overcoming the addiction. As a Chaplain at Baden VFD I Believe God and prayer brings CHANGE.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
While reasonable regulations are sometimes necessary, government must not use this as a pretext for monopoly, censorship and special interest favoritism that represses the good, normal work and expression of ordinary human activity in society. Another important need is to lower taxes and cut wasteful government spending, which has been a destructive, continuing pattern in our state for many years. Although Maryland is one of the highest taxed states in the nation, other states do just as well if not better with far less taxing than the state of Maryland. In the Maryland Senate, I would work to make government more lean and efficient, to reduce this unhealthy burden of high taxation and spending of our citizens.
What is your position on gun rights?
Yes we have to protect our 2nd Amendment , so we can protect our family from evil people.
What is your position on education?
My position on Educations is let us rebuild our schools, reduce testing hours, bring technology to our classrooms and provide competitive wages for our educators. Let’s improve our pre-K and after-school programs, identify and nurture both our high performers and those who need extra help in the classroom. Let us plan now for what the next economy will require of our children and the investments we need to make to prepare them for that future.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
We should legalize Cannabis. Educate Maryland on regulations and how it applies to them, the life saving medical use, and create new business and jobs.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
Now in Maryland, Governor Hogan is working for CHANGE to lead us towards a more normal, healthy type of non-government free-market economy; however, establishing leadership in the General Assembly has long been opposed to this favorable direction of CHANGE. In the Maryland Senate, I would work with the Governor to provide a more favorable climate for business and employment opportunity to assure an affordable, high quality of family, life and work for all.
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?
Yes, benefits is not stealing. If agreed by the voters only. Legislators are Servant Leaders, If your work for the people, then you should be supported by the people.
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?
By educating and encouraging my voters to conduct an aggressive campaign to overcome my likely opponent, the incumbent Senator (Thomas Mike V. Miller Jr.), having benefitted from a long-time in office, and the backing of many special interest groups he has favored over the years. (google Netflix The Keepers Official Trailer)