Candidate Survey: Dennis Melby for Montgomery County Central Committee
Dennis Brent Melby
County and District
Montgomery County At Large
BA Politics & Government, Maryland
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About 45 years! Elected 4 times to the Friendship Heights Town Council, a campaign manager to the first (and last) Republican County Executive, Jim Gleason, Realtor PAC Treasurer…and a bunch of other stuff!
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Why are you running for office?
I want to help Republicans get elected…not just run. We need to get serious about local leaders and appeal to all the electorate…not just Republicans.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Jack Kemp, Gerald Ford, Connie Morella – the more moderate faces of the party.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Hah, there’s an old book written by the husband of a friend of mine called “The Political Depravity of the Founding Fathers” and talks about politics from the Revolution to today. It seems we’ve ALWAYS been a country that pushed the envelope politically.
What do you see as the role of the Central Committee?
Encouraging communication among Republicans, touting and developing candidates who will actually be chosen by the common voter.
What is the biggest issue facing your county Republican Party?
Communication about the party. Telling voters that Republicans are mainstream and not extremist. And educating the media to not parrot Democratic talking points all the time.
What are the three biggest issues facing the Maryland Republican Party?
Reelect the most popular Governor in the country, common sense taxes, and individual liberty.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I’m a center right moderate on most issues.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
We’re the wealthiest State in the Union, spend what you need to to make the state great and provide for the hard working women and men, but don’t squander your money on political statements.
What is your position on gun rights?
I believe in the 2nd amendment, you have a right to defend yourself. But you don’t have a right to a machine gun. There is a common ground in the gun debate. (But the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee is not the body to decide that, is it?)
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?