Candidate Survey: Norm Gifford for Delegate, District 7
Office Sought and District
House of Delegates 7th District
High School Graduate with some college credits but no degree.
Retired State of Maryland Emergency Management
Social Media Accounts
Facebook. Norm Gifford for Delegate 7th District
Why are you running for office?
So the 7th District has someone who is willing to work for the people and not the party. To have someone who can reach out to both parties and have common sense and the ability to think outside the box and be able to bring needed resources back to the district that for so long has been going elsewhere cause because our delegates are unable to get along with others let alone themselves.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Locally, Baltimore County Councilman David Marks. He is someone who works for his constituents on a daily basis and gets results for people when needed. He is informative and approachable. He is open minded and votes based on the wishes wants and needs of his district. That is who I hope to be like when I get elected.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
I’m not much if a book reader.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Public Safety, Education and Fiscal Responsibility.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Crime, Education and the Opioid Epidemic especially in Harford Co.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Crime, Irresponsible educational spending and Health Care.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am a pro life candidate I have 2 adopted children myself. Every life is precious and worthy. I am against assisted suicide.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
We need to continue to reel in governmental spending. I am opposed to freely throwing 5 BILLION dollars to a multi billion dollar company to help bring them to Maryland. Why is it so easy to magically produce that kibd of money for Amazon but our small business community still struggles.
What is your position on gun rights?
I am pro 2nd ammendment.
What is your position on education?
Education resources need to make it to the classroom when it is needed most not in the ivory towers of the jurisdictional board of education. We need lower student / teacher ratios and we need to get rid of PARCC testing.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I support medicinal use but oppose recreational use.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
I think some laws are outdated and need review. I also support our growing craft beer industry.
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 feel if you claim it you should and must be sble to show reciepts fir meals. I feel there is plenty of free food in Annapolis that legislators are privileged too and if you do have the need to buy a meal you should have to produce a valid receipt. Why General Services doesn’t hold legislators accountable is another question. Just another example of legislators not being held accountable and getting away with inappropriate practices. Lodging is another issue I would use it if needed when sessions run late. But to just submit claims just for extra income is in my opinion fradulent.
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?
The General Assembly is a work place and that type of behavior or culture should not and must not be allowed in any degree. Being elected to office is a privilege and an honor but again still a place of employment and rules and decorum sgoukd be followed and those found in violation should be exspelled.