Candidate Survey: Mimi Gedamu for Delegate, District 37B
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University of Delaware
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Why are you running for office?
Because my district needs someone who not only understands their needs, but also knows how to get legislation passed that will meet those needs.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Margret Thatcher. In a time and space where conservative women were expected not to have roles of authority she was not only a force to be reckoned with, she was prudent and wise. She focused on policies centering on deregulation, education, privatization and promoting competitive business. With these driving focusses, she set the groundwork to bring a struggling economy out of a recession.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
My answer will definitely be counterintuitive, but I would have to say that the book that most heavily impacts my views on politics and policy is Bible. It provides me with a clear example of management methods for everything from taxation to social welfare. It warns against abuse of power and exploitation. It emphasizes the importance of both compassion and discipline in governance.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Deregulating Education and implementing policies that promote economic development in my district.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
My district and much of the Eastern Shore tend to end up as collateral damage to policies implemented in the interest of mainland Marylanders. Our ability to defend ourselves against such policies impacts every aspect of our lives.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
The Opioid Epidemic, Education (K-12), and Skyrocketing Healthcare Prices.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am pro-life both before and after birth.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Taxes should be invested heavily in infrastructure and education (k-12). Tax incentives should be provided to large companies that participate in mentor-protege programs with local startups. Tax incentives should also be offered to businesses that buy consumables from local producers and artists.
What is your position on gun rights?
I am a responsible 2nd Amendment Right Advocate
What is your position on education?
We need teachers, parents and administrators to be at the forefront of the dialogue on what they need in order to ensure effective and disciplined classrooms. Regulations on education should be limited to those that encourage a competitive and productive class environment.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
My personal views are quite conservative on the matter of marijuana. That having been said, I am not opposed to the argument in favor of medical uses under the care and supervision of a medical healthcare professional.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
With the rise of an emerging brewery industry in my district any and all legislation that promotes opportunities for distribution and helps our Brewers grow will have my support.
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 live approximately 2 hours away from Annapolis. I would accept such benefits if the state was inclined to offer them.
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?
I am guided in my day to day life by a ethical standards that I hold dear. I am a strong proponent of being the change that you want to see, and therefore I hope to be an example of the type of legislator that would make my District and the State of Maryland proud.