Candidate Survey: Ed Rothstein for Carroll County Commissioner, District 5

Ed Rothstein (COL, Ret.)


Office Sought and District
Carroll County Commissioner, District 5

– Master’s Of Science, National Resource Strategy January 2009 – January 2010 Industrial College of Armed Forces, National Defense University
– Master’s of Arts, Human Resources January 1998 – January 1999 Webster University
– Bachelor of Science in Education January 1982 – January 1986 Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Soldier, U.S. Army Ret., Economic Developer, Owner of Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business

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Why are you running for office?
To serve our community in a leadership role that will focus on strengthening Carroll County’s role within the region and state while maintaining our core values. Committed to serve our community and continue to make Carroll County a better place to live and work through strong education, public safety and economic growth.

Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
I have to choose one, Senator John McCain for his lifetime of service in uniform and out. Senator McCain has shown a lifetime of courage and determination from being a military dependent, serving our Country in harms way, and most recently representing his constituents while battling cancer.

What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Leadership by Rudolph Giuliani because of the way it describes handling many different and challenging situations by understanding yourself first to include both your strengths and weaknesses. Also, sharing the importance of listening and learning before leading. Within the book it shows the value of focusing on doing what is right as your compass and executing a plan to meet the objectives.

What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
Establish a strong rapport with the community through communications and being transparent. Focus on the community priorities such as resourcing a strong public safety environment, strengthen our public education, and establish an economic / business development growth plan while maintaining our core community values.

What is the biggest issue facing your county?
Leading and managing growth that pairs infrastructure and development while maintaining public support for keeping Carroll County the place to live, educate our kids and establish a strong workplace environment. I moved to Carroll County over ten years ago for a reason — beautiful and friendly community with excellent schools where I felt safe and confident for my family while being deployed multiple times. I believe we can maintain all of the above through strong state / county collaboration and communication with each other and our community that we serve.

What is your position on taxes and spending?
Personal taxes should not be raised or focused at this point. Within the southern part of Carroll County (District 5) there are opportunities for strong corporate growth which will provide a strong economic up swing into our community. Focus should be put on strong economic and business development within the county and state.

What is your position on a county tax cap?
Decisions made for our Carroll County residents’ pay in property taxes over and above the State Homestead Property Tax Credit should be made within Carroll County by the voters and who they elect. I am not for blanket decisions regarding tax caps that are made at the state-level.

What is your position on land use issues?
As a principle, land use measures should be decided locally via planning and zoning within Carroll County as they have traditionally been. Bottom line – Carroll County knows best how to deal with local land use issues and can better respond to our residents affected. Carroll County should have as much flexibility as possible on how to comply with Federal and State environmental mandates that impact our local land use.

What is your position on public safety?
Partnership and strong communications is critical for a strong and dynamic public safety program within the community. Focus on resourcing (time, people, and money) with set goals and objectives to meet our county needs. Allow those responsible to establish the appropriate decisions, resource them, and hold them accountable.

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