Candidate Survey: Bruce Leith for Cecil County Central Committee
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Cecil County District 36
Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park where I majored in Government and Politics and minored in Economics
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Manager, Concession Development, Philadelphia Phillies
Current member of the Cecil County Republican Central Committee; Cecil County Chairman of Governor Hogan’s re-election campaign
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Why are you running for office?
I am running for Central Committee, first and foremost, to recruit and fund true, electable Republicans for office in Cecil County. Additionally, I am running to gain experience and to gain knowledge, for future endeavors, of how the state Republican party operates.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Governor Hogan for his common sense approach to government which includes less regulation, lower taxes and fees, lower tolls, and much improved customer service by state employees; Congressman Harris for standing by his principles as well as voting as his constituents wish for his district; and President Reagan for rekindling our pride in being Americans, and for reminding us that “We the people tell the government what to do, it doesn’t tell us.”
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Common Sense by Thomas Paine is a favorite of mine as it encouraged our citizens to push away from Britain and to form an egalitarian form of government. I admire The Federalist Papers for giving people insight into exactly what the framers of the Constitution were thinking when it was written and how we should use their interpretation to govern.
What do you see as the role of the Central Committee?
To seek out true Republicans who will run for office with true Republican principles; to assist in fundraising to ensure those candidates get elected; and finally, to be the face of the Republican party.
What is the biggest issue facing your county Republican Party?
Our biggest issue is ensuring there is no voter apathy in the county when it comes to re-electing Governor Hogan. We can pull 75-80% of the vote if voters turn out.
What are the three biggest issues facing the Maryland Republican Party?
We need to recruit young, energetic people as they are the future of the party. We need to ensure a large enough turnout around the state to re-elect Governor Hogan. We need to get more Republicans elected as state senators and state delegates in districts that are toss-ups.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am, personally, pro-life
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Currently, we are all taxed at a high enough rate. Government should work smarter to find ways to raise revenue that do not include raising tax rates. Economic development, tourism, and maximizing current resources to raise revenue should be paramount.
What is your position on gun rights?
I fully believe in the 2nd amendment, as I do all parts of the Constitution. I do not believe that the Constitution is a living document but that it should be strictly construed as written.
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?