Candidate Survey: Karen Leatherwood for Carroll County Central Committee

Karen Leatherwood


County and District
Carroll County

BA – Political Science & Economics

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Political Experience
Vice-Chair of the Central Committee
Volunteer for numerous local and statewide Republican campaigns

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Why are you running for office?
As a former business owner, mom and community member, I think this is a great way for me to serve.

Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Currently, Nikki Haley. She is taking her job at the UN seriously and putting America first.

What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
I really enjoy Ann Coulter’s books. She is sarcastic, smart and sassy.

What do you see as the role of the Central Committee?
To provide resources and support to candidates locally, to work to get the best turn out possible for Governor Hogan and to persuade those that are not registered Republicans to see the benefits of small government and classic American values.

What is the biggest issue facing your county Republican Party?
A small faction of extremists that are consistently bad mouthing our local representatives and the Governor.

What are the three biggest issues facing the Maryland Republican Party?
1) When debate (healthy within our meetings) gets taken to social media and goes public. We need a united front against those that would do us harm.
2) Engaging younger conservatives and connecting with them.

What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
As a Christian, I am strongly pro-life.

What is your position on taxes and spending?
As a tax payer and former small business owner, I am fiscally conservative. I would like to see lowered taxes and reduced spending.

What is your position on gun rights?
I believe in the second amendment. Citizens have a right to gun ownership. We need to be able to protect ourselves.

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?

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