Candidate Survey: Matthew Kaliszak for Delegate, District 10
Matthew A. Kaliszak
Office Sought and District
House of Delegates – District 10
Maryland High School Graduate 2010
Currently enrolled in a online real estate education network
Restaurant industry & Real Estate Investor
17 years active in politics
In high school i was active in all levels of student government
I am a member of Northwest Republican Club
Social Media Accounts
Matt Kaliszak for Baltimore County, Maryland
Why are you running for office?
I am running for office because i believe the Republican party needs youthful representation on the state level; someone younger than 40 not that there is an issue with older people in politics but it is very dominated by the baby boomer generation on both sides of the aisle. If elected I will be a voice for all citizens regardless of age but with me in the House of Delegates there will be someone whose mind if focused on the generations set to inherit our state and country in the coming years and ensure they are not left out of important policy that will be affecting those generations.
I intend to introduce real legislation on term limits for state held public office. For far too long people have been sitting in Annapolis attempting to make a name for themselves or a career out of being a public servant and ignoring the general welfare for Marylanders or trying to encroach on our freedoms. I say enough is enough! My variation of term limits will be permanent term limits, no more pause or breaks allowed, 2 terms will be the limit for every office from Governor down to State legislator.
I believe education in the public sector needs major retooling and our attention these next four years need to be spent on how to manage the lack of funds and excess funds being spent to make sure no student is being robbed of an honest education, in addition we need to come up with comprehensive safety plans in an event that there is an active shooter or someone attempting to disrupt school with acts of violence or domestic terrorism. Schools should be a institution of learning as they were intended not one of bullying, prejudice, violence, drug use, gang activity or sexual harassment.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Allan Kittleman, he has proven himself to be an effective and fair leader. Listening not just to his party and his district but all Maryland citizens when he was in the legislature. No one else living or dead has earned my praise and respect as much as him.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Born again Republican by Liz Matory
In it is the most patriotic words representing Faith, Family, Freedom & Free Enterprise i have read to date.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Establishing permanent term limits for all state elected office
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
1.) We need permanent term limits for all state elected offices
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I support the death penalty for anyone who commits murder, rape, and child molestation. I believe Maryland should have 2 forms of execution, the primary method should be the gas chamber and the secondary should be firing squad.
Any other forms i personally believe are ineffective and too tame.
I support abortion in the case of incest, rape, the child may be mentally handicapped or if the fetus endangers the life of the mother. While i do support abortion in these cases i do not believe tax money should be funding it.
I am against assisted suicide
What is your position on taxes and spending?
We need to abolish the corporate tax rate, inheritance tax, estate (death) tax
we need to lower the state sales tax back down to 5 cents (5%)
What is your position on gun rights?
I support the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
What is your position on education?
We need to keep it funded, and keep those who use school facilities safe. It goes without question that the public education system is lacking across the board regardless of past awards and praise which were due, we have heard on local news and in our papers at the things taking place recently and the General Assembly needs to act when and where it can to make sure the issues taking place are a thing of the past.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
Marijuana should be legal.
It should be available for anyone 18 and older
It should be allowed to be grown on private property and agricultural land
Both recreational and medicinal are okay
It should only legally be sold for profit by a business with a sales and tax license through the State of Maryland and a luxury tax of 10% should be imposed on the sale of every dollar spent on marijuana on top of state sales tax
No one should operate a motor vehicle or heavy machinery under the influence of marijuana
No one should be fired from their place of employment be it state government or private sector due to the fact they smoke marijuana on their time and at home, i do not defend anyone getting high at the workplace or while working.
No one should lose their Second Amendment rights because they use marijuana for medicinal or recreational use
It should not be allowed in areas that otherwise already prohibit cigarette and electronic cigarette smoking by state law or discrecion of a business owner.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
In my opinion it could be reviewed and updated to modern times
Legislators can receive $101 per day for lodging and $47 per day for meals during the 90-day General Assembly session. If elected, do you plan to accept these benefits? Why or why not?
I would forgo lodging and meal costs, the salary for the position of State Delegate is more than sufficient.
There is a culture of depravity and sexual harassment prevalent in the Maryland General Assembly. As a legislator, how will you work to end this culture of depravity and to ensure that those who commit these acts are removed from the General Assembly?
If there is someone in employ on the state capitol grounds that engages in sexual misconduct or harassment that person should lose their job and if there is a legislator participating in acts of the same nature they should be impeached.