Candidate Survey: Mike Geppi for Delegate, District 7
Michael A. Geppi
Office Sought and District
Delegate – District 7
MBA, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Master of Public Administration, University of Delaware
Bachelor of Science, Towson University
Entrepreneur and Business Professor
*Appointed Maryland Deputy Secretary of Health by Governor Hogan
*Former member and Vice President of the Harford County Council
*Former Chairman of the Harford County Republican Party – two terms
*Former 3rd Vice Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party
*Delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention
*Worked to get dozens of Republicans elected to office
Why are you running for office?
I can’t sit by and watch the environment in the Maryland General Assembly become increasingly hostile to much of our state and certainly to the citizens of District 7. Enough is enough! Governor Hogan needs supporters in the General Assembly who know how to negotiate and get things done. I will champion the entrepreneurship community in Maryland. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and we need to create an environment where startups can find the funding, talent, and ease of dealing with government that they need to thrive. I am also a major supporter of law enforcement and our Second Amendment rights.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Ronald Reagan is my political role model. He was able to get things done while staying true to his conservative roots. His policies allowed our nation to have one of the most prosperous periods in our history. The fact that I grew up watching him probably had something to do with my affinity for him. I would actually get excited when prime time television was interrupted for his addresses to the nation.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Rand published this book in 1957, but it may as well have been published in 2007 or 2017. This book solidified my belief that big government is the enemy of innovation and growth, not to mention our freedom in general.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
My top priority will be fighting rampant spending that is exacerbated by mandates.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
The biggest issue facing the 7th is crime. This is not just a Baltimore City issue.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
High taxes/regulation, crime, and health insurance.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am pro-life and oppose assisted suicide.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Taxes are way too high and spending is artificially increased by mandates from the General Assembly. Once you get past health care and education, there is shockingly little left in the budget that is discretionary. We keep dumping money into the Baltimore City school district with absolutely no return on investment. In fact, the dismal performance of that district costs the state massive amounts of money. With that said, the Baltimore County school system administration is out of control. Former Superintendent Dallas Dance’s guilty plea shows how out of touch with reality this system really is. The state needs to create an independent inspector general as proposed by Governor Hogan. I support this step whole-heartedly.
What is your position on gun rights?
I have been a competitive shooter and a member of th NRA for most of my life. The state keeps passing laws restricting magazine sizes and specific types of firearms while judges continue to allow violent felons who use firearms right back on the street. These felons couldn’t care less about laws against murder, much less gun laws. Furthermore, I support concealed carry permits for any law-abiding citizen who is of sound mind. The “may issue” policy of the state makes a mockery of the Second Amendment.
What is your position on education?
I am a product of the pubic school system and each of my three children attend or have attended public schools. I greatly value the hard work provided by teachers in our state. However, there are some real issues with the administration in many of our counties and Baltimore City. We are spending billions of dollars for highly subpar results on the business of running schools. Baltimore City school leaders can’t even properly spend the money they receive from the state. Furthermore, the procurement (and ethics) disaster in Baltimore County shows that we really don’t know how or why huge contracts are being awarded. This needs to be fixed.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I support the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
This is an antiquated system that adds significant costs for consumers. The fact that local brewers and distillers must sell their own product to a distributor and then buy back their own product to sell on their premises just reeks of governmental overreach.
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 plan returning to my home as much as possible during the session, but I know that I will need to stay in Annapolis when things get really busy. In other words, I don’t plan on maxing out my allowance.
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?
Many legislators have been in Annapolis for far too long and the power has gone to their heads. They act like egomaniacs and to be frank, many of the men act like pigs toward women. I plan to stand up and say something whenever I see anyone, man or woman, being harassed. I have zero tolerance for bullies and I have fired people for sexual harassment. I will also support measures to punish any legislator or staff member who subjects another person to harassment.
I truly believe that term limits would help put an end to this nonsense. I don’t plan on making a career out of being in Annapolis. I plan to be a citizen legislator and keep myself firmly rooted in the private sector. It isn’t pretty what happens when someone stays in Annapolis for too long!