Candidate Survey: Chris Thoms for Montgomery County Central Committee, District 17
County and District
Montgomery County, LD 17
Why are you running for office?
I want to advance the Republican party in Maryland and increase the turnout of the many Montgomery County Voters who feel as if they are the only Republicans they know.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Lincoln, Hogan, Trump. As for Hogan and Lincoln they are strong in principle and moderate in practice. Pragmatism benefits the party and their constituents. Trump came in to shake up the American political landscape in a time that people were skeptical of the political class. Over the next few years I expect the number of lifetime politicians/the establishment to get smaller for a similar reason.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Let Trump Be Trump by Dave Bossie and Corey Lewandowski. It highlights Trump’s brilliant campaign strategy and provides additional context for Trump’s character.
What do you see as the role of the Central Committee?
Represent Montgomery County Republican and to further the goals outlined in the Party Platform.
What is the biggest issue facing your county Republican Party?
Getting large numbers of people to vote for Hogan this Nov.
What are the three biggest issues facing the Maryland Republican Party?
1) Ensuring Larry Hogan is re-elected
2) Getting more Republicans into the State Senate and House of Delegates
3) Turning MD into more of a purple state by capitalizing on Hogan’s popularity while making sure that the MDGOP has a future after Hogan is gone.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
Lean towards anti-abortion
For assisted suicide
Death penalty should be an option.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Lower taxes and keep spending below that except in times of crisis
What is your position on gun rights?
Greater gun rights than those currently on the books.
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?