Candidate Survey: Diane Sengstacke for Harford County Council, District E
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Harford County Council District E
JD 1985 University of Baltimore; AA Paralegal studies, 1980 Villa Julie College, now known as Stevenson University; BS General Studies Dance core 1978 Towson State University, now Towson University.
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Principal Attorney, Sengstacke & Evans, LLC and President, Home Title Co. of Md., Inc.
Member, Harford County Republican Club and Harford County Republican Women; helped with many campaigns; Candidate, 2014, Harford County Council District E
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Why are you running for office?
As a longtime civic and business leader in Harford County I have seen our county’s landscape change over the last few decades. It is important we have elected representatives who understand Harford County’s rich history, keep our wonderful qualify of life, and are ready to help make Harford County better in the future.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Louis Goldstein, State Comptroller. He was always so pleasant, and even into his 90’s was at every parade or event. He had memory for names and face, and would always remember me, even if it had been a year since I last saw him. He was State Comptroller for decades, beloved by many, and did a fantastic job in office.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
One of my favorite books is Tim Russert’s Wisdom of Our Fathers. It contained many lessons and letters from sons and daughter with cherished memories and advice. There was a lot about the greatest generation WWII. Good advice, strength, tenderness, honor, discipline, positive qualities to pass on from generation to generation.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
My top priority is continuing to “right-size” county government and to provide tax relief for County homeowners and businesses. Harford County taxpayers pay on of the highest property tax rates in the State of Maryland. It is important that as our economy improves, we are able to provide relief to County tax payers. Have you noticed the water bills have gone up recently? I want to look into why the water bills increased, and to reduce the bills. Also, I would like to ease the permitting process, fees, taxes, regulations for businesses. County Executive Glassman has done an exceptional job of keeping our AAA bond rating and ensuring our County Government runs effectively and efficiently. I will work with the administration to continue this progress.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
The opiod/heroin epidemic has taken the lives of far too many Harford County citizens. It is important that all elected leaders be involved in finding innovative ways to ensure treatment and rehabilitation is available, laws are strengthened to arrest and prosecute dealers, education and information is given to all to ensure our next generation understands the deadly conclusion of this awful drug.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Government should always look for ways to reduce spending and ensure we are only asking taxpayers to provide funding that is absolutely necessary to run government operations. I will work to bring “lean” government practices to Harford County as your Council representative.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
What is your position on land use issues?
Land use and planning is one of the most important functions of County government. Land use and zoning decisions should be made in collaboration with local elected officials, professional planners, concerned community stakeholders. State Government should have very limited involvement in local planning and zoning decisions.
What is your position on public safety?
Our public safety professionals are a major reason we enjoy a fantastic quality of life in Harford County. Our Sheriff’s Deputies and volunteer fire and EMS personnel work hard to keep us safe daily. I support giving them the resources to continue to provide first class service and ensure that they are compensated and recognized for the services they provide our community.