Candidate Survey: Sharon Cohen for Montgomery County Central Committee At-Large
Sharon L. Cohen
County and District
Montgomery, LD 15 but running at large
BA Political Science, University of Arizona and MA, International Affairs, American University
Retired, formerly a Federal Lobbyist
Have served as a Montgomery County Republic Central Committee member from LD 15 since 2016 (appointed). Worked on various campaigns at the federal level.
Social Media Accounts
Only a personal Facebook account
Why are you running for office?
To work for the Republican Party and to help elect Republican Candidates to state and local office.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
There are so many, hard to pick one. From the authors of the Federalist Papers, to President Lincoln and Reagan. Judge Scalia (may he rest in peace) and to thought leaders such as Ayn Rand.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Sun-Tuz’s book The Art of War. Politics in many ways is like war, that is how to fight and position one’s self to win. Being Chinese American (my last name and looks do not make that apparent), this book and it’s lessons resonate with me and they are applicable to both life and politics.
What do you see as the role of the Central Committee?
To serve Republican candidates for office and to help them get elected at the local and state level.
What is the biggest issue facing your county Republican Party?
With Montgomery County being so close to the Nation’s Capitol, local issues tend to be downed out by national issues and national news. That means connecting the dots on how local elected officials and local policies impact the day to day lives of county voters is hard, hard to break through and past the national issue dominance/focus.
What are the three biggest issues facing the Maryland Republican Party?
The Party is in better shape with our fantastic Governor, but the news media and the Dems (one in the same) will try to paint us as a totally blue state. They will throw everything at us in an effort to take down our Governor. We cannot let up, we need to keep faith, we must not surrender. So not issues but more our challenges: 1) do not let up, 2) keep faith, and 3) do NOT surrender.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am Pro Life and against assisted suicide, and at the same time feel we need compassion and love for those struggling with all of these issues.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Voters and our government need to prioritize, assess need to have versus nice to have spending just like we all do with our home budgets. Especially here in Montgomery County with our current all Dem Council and Executive, there never is any thought to spending and taxation in terms of what government should really be focused on. There is no program or project our elected leaders (at this time) fail to see as necessary and for which spending needs to follow. That means spending rises unchecked and the commensurate increase in taxes follows. It is time to prioritize and NOT waste tax payer dollars on non-essential efforts. Further, we need value for what the tax dollars are spent on.
What is your position on gun rights?
The right to bear arms is imbedded in our Constitution and it should not be abridged. I traveled to Israel not that long ago. They have walls to protect their country (to keep bad buys out) and many, many folks carry a fire arm openly because they need to protect themselves. At the end of the day each person is their own first line of defense for themselves and their family. So I have no issue with firearms as long as one is trained and there is no reason (prior record) to limit one’s right. As a military brat, I grew up with fire arms around me so it is not a big deal. In fact, our son at age 11, went to rifle camp in West VA for the summer and he’s better than I now at sporting clays.
Do you believe that Maryland Republican Party primaries should be open to independent voters?
Do you believe that the state party and the county parties should be allowed to endorse in primary elections?
Do you believe that Maryland Republican Party auxiliary organizations should have a vote on the Maryland Republican Party executive committee?
Would you support limiting the terms of Maryland Republican Party officers to eight consecutive years in the same office?