Candidate Survey: Bridgette Cooper for Congress, District 8
Bridgette L. Cooper
Office Sought and District
U.S. Congress Maryland District 8
East Carolina University (B.M.); Strayer University (M.B.A.)
Opera Singer and Owner of 728 Productions a small production business based in Silver Spring, Maryland. TV and Podcast Host; Business Development
Volunteer for various campaigns; Community leadership through volunteer work.
Why are you running for office?
I am running for office to be the new voice for District 8; Over the past five years, District 8 has become home to four of most diverse districts in America, according to one survey. I can speak from my personal life experience for my constituents in District 8, including education (private and public); being an award-winning music educator as well as an advocate for the arts through my opera career. I was married to a veteran of the U.S. Navy who suffers from PTSD. I am a single parent and Entrepreneur, who sees the value of resources in the community that supports the family and local businesses. My Dad’s family is from the Bahamas, and I understand the importance and value of the work of immigrants to our economy and community. My college years included spending time with local agricultural leaders, learning about the discipline of farming and access to agricultural based technology. I have a profound understanding and perspective of the world as a whole and correlates with our country and directly impacts our community. Lastly, I feel that everyone should create an opportunity to serve the public. It is a very humbling, and rewarding
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
My parents. Many people do not consider the role our parents play, or the role we play as parents as political. However, our children (and us adults) are greatly influenced by the parental (guardian) figure in our lives. They helped shape my understanding of service, my responsibility as an American and product of immigrants. My parents are also leaders in their own right. They lived in a time with all things were not equal for all people, and now, because of the work they and so many did for me, I am able to accept leadership as a responsibility, not an invitation.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
The Politics of Policy Change – The book goes into detail about the orginal intension of what policy change is. It is insightful and helps the reader to understand the complexity of why policy change happens and why it needs to happen.
What will be your top priority in Congress?
Addressing the needs and concerns of my constituents in District 8
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Support of local businesses and “green” businesses; Education (safety and budget support to address the influx of student population over the past five years, and counting); Family and Community resources; Health care resources and affordability; Veteran’s care and wellbeing;
What are the three biggest issues facing our country?
Climate change; Gun control; Mental stability
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
Although I am “pro life”, I am sensitive to the decision that women face everyday due to circumstances outside of their control such as sexual abuse, and violence . We need to be able to offer unbiased counseling before such decisions are made that will empower people to make a sound decision, considering the decisions about life issues are always during an emotionally tumultuous time.
What is your position on taxes, spending and the federal deficit?
Tax to raise money that support the function of the government that will provide support for it’s citizens (infrastructure, security, etc.); Individuals should be able to keep more of the money they earned, rather than see a large percentage deducted from their paycheck, if you are working an hourly wage job, or a salary job. Individuals should take home enough to support the daily function of their family lives which includes spending which is good for the economy and saving. No further increase in the debt ceiling if possible.
What is your position on gun rights?
I support second ammendment rights, however, as our country grows, so must our policies to protect our citizens. There should be checks and balances in place.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
Primary limited amount use would be for medicinal purposes, however, there should be an on going discussion regarding the fine line of the amount a person can carry on them legally, and the felony charges associated with small amounts. So it becomes a question of are we protecting our citizens or are we just finding another way to create income for districts through arrests? Like I said, this requires an ongoing dialouge.
What is your position on trade?
Trade is important to our economy. Focus on the growing small and medium size businesses to be able to create growth by having access to the global market is imparative. It creates jobs and opportunities for higher wages.
What is your position on foreign policy and military issues?
More support for our military and military families, and veteran care.
Would you support the passage of the Human Life Amendment?
Would you support the passage of the Balanced Budget Amendment?