Candidate Survey: Butch Tilley for Delegate, District 34B
Walter “Butch” Tilley
Office Sought and District
Bachelor of Science York College of Pennsylvania
Master of Business Administration Loyola University
Owner of York Insurance Services, Inc.
This is my first election.
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Why are you running for office?
I want to use my experience as a business owner and education to get more funding for District 34B for education, infrastructure, and law enforcement.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
My political role model is Ronald Reagan. He actually came to my high school during his first term in office and personally responded to a letter I sent him thanking him for bringing the country together after Carter’s failed administration. President Reagan was a unifying leader who brought change when we needed it the most as a country.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
As a small business owner I believe state government and the general assembly must pay attention to the effects of legislation on the state economy and business community. Too often, unnecessary regulations and laws are enacted that negatively impact economic growth and business success. Burdensome regulations and high taxation are primary reasons corporate headquarters locate in neighboring states. If elected Delegate, I will work to eliminate red tape, unnecessary fees, and laws that impeded business growth and success.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Bel Air and Abingdon are communities that have experienced significant growth in the last decade. However, our infrastructure has not kept pace with the rapid development. As Delegate, I will work to ensure we have the resources necessary to improve our roads and bridges. I will work to bring transportation related projects to Harford County.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
(1) Improving the security of our schools in order to protect our children.
(2) Reduce government spending and provide real tax relief to Maryland tax payers.
(3) Continue to address and attack the opioid epidemic that needlessly takes thousands of lives a year.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am pro-life and against assisted suicide.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I believe we need to reduce taxes and spending.
What is your position on gun rights?
As a gun owner and hunter I believe strongly in the second amendment.
What is your position on education?
I believe it is imperative to provide our children with the best possible education in order for them to develop skill sets that translate in a rewarding career path.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I believe marijuana is a drug and should be regulated by the FDA. Marijuana should be administered through medical physicians ONLY. I do NOT believe marijuana should be used as a recreational drug.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
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?
Owning and operating a small business affords me the ability to dedicate the time necessary to be an active and engaged representative for the citizens of District 34B. I am planning to be a Delegate who travels back and forth each day to Harford County unless meetings and official duties do not allow it. I will keeping my state spending to an absolute minimum and only for office purposes.
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?
It has always been important for me to conduct myself in the most professional and respectful manner possible. Your actions reflect your character, I pledge to always treat others better than I expect to be treated myself. I am a father, son and brother to wonderful, professional women who deserve to be treated with respect and honor. Sexual harassment, of any kind, has no place in any setting, especially in the Maryland General Assembly.