Candidate Survey: Scott Bryan for Washington County Commissioner
Office Sought and District
County Commissioner, Washington County, MD
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Consultant to the U.S. Army, former Army Lieutenant Colonel
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Why are you running for office?
I have a lot of leadership experience based on my time as an Army Officer, and manager in private industry. I know how to bring people to together to get things done, how to plan and how to fix problems that for others seem too difficult. I believe in Washington County and I feel we can do better collectively.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Theodore Roosevelt. He had a very thoughtful approach to his presidency. He did what he thought was best for the most people, rather than what was best for his political party.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Decision Points by George W. Bush.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
If elected, I will work full time as a County Commissioner- not part time. My number one focus is working with industry to bring quality jobs to the county.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
Economic development, followed closely by rising crime.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Taxes should be kept at a minimum and tax money should be used for things that benefit everyone: infrastructure, education, essential services, for example. Individuals and families can spend their earned income more effectively than government can.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
I support it. Having low taxes, again, is a critical point to fueling a healthy local economy.
What is your position on land use issues?
Balancing land use between preservation and expansion in support of economic development is critical. In the county, we have land that is historic (and in some cases hallowed), land that is scenic and critical to the environment and we also have historic structures. These areas must be preserved to maintain what is one of our strengths- our history and scenic beauty. At the same time, we need to focus on using other land to drive economic development, smart zoning and offer quality housing. Redevelopment of already developed sites is an example of smart land use.
What is your position on public safety?
Just as critical as education and the economy. If our county isn’t safe, we are doing a disservice to our residents and visitors. Police, and other emergency services must be a priority.