Candidate Survey: JP Sherkus for Calvert County Central Committee
John P. “JP” Sherkus
County and District
Calvert County, District 3
Bachelor of Science, St John Fisher College; Master of Aviation Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; Master of Education Policy and Leadership, University of Maryland, College Park.
Retired USAF Officer, Retired US Government Officer
President, Dunkirk (MD) Concerned Citizens Association
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Why are you running for office?
I want to ensure that the candidates elected are true conservative Republicans who will listen to and be accountable to the citizens who elected them.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Ronald Reagan. Mr. Reagan did a great job of cleaning up the mess made by past administrations in California. He was also an excellent communicator who did not waffle or flip flop over issues. His handling of the air traffic controllers strike is a prime example.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
“Ain’t No Rag, Freedom, Family, and the flag” by Charlie Daniels. Mr. Daniels explains in clear and simple terms what “freedom, family, and the Flag” mean to true Americans. This is sorely lacking in the hearts and minds of liberals in this country.
What do you see as the role of the Central Committee?
The Central Committee must be the main coordinator for efforts to get Republicans elected. They must collaborate with local, state, and national party committees to make sure that all efforts are efficient, effective, and totally above board to the electorate.
What is the biggest issue facing your county Republican Party?
In maintaining the Republican majority in the Board of County Commissioners and other county offices, we are facing a growing number of candidates who are claiming to be leaving the Democratic Party because they were always “Republicans” at heart. Instead, I believe, this was solely in order to get elected in a Republican majority county. We must insure that the candidates we elect are true conservative Republicans who will listen to and be accountable to the constituents who elected them.
What are the three biggest issues facing the Maryland Republican Party?
1. Supporting the elected Republican governor’s policies and agendas by breaking the strangle hold that the Democrats have in the Maryland Assembly by getting more Republicans elected. 2. Repealing the onerous laws and policies still in place from past Democratic governors and majorities in the legislature. 3. Breaking through the apathy in the electorate and get more eligible Republican voters to turn out.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
After living on assignment in Russia, where abortion was a primary means of contraception, I am generally against abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, or critical medical situations with the mother.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
There should no spending that is not fully justified and necessary. No more tax and spend as is the liberal Democrat normal agenda. No spending on welfare for illegal aliens and every recipient should undergo drug testing before receiving benefits.
What is your position on gun rights?
I am an avid hunter, fisherman, firearms range safety officer, and shoot historic muzzle loader firearms competitively. I firmly believe that it is morally and constitutionally wrong to infringe upon the rights of a law-abiding citizen in any way, including the right to purchase and own firearms, and I will work against anyone who pushes for the restriction of the Second Amendment.
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?