Candidate Survey: Phil Dacey for Frederick County Council, At-Large

Philip Dacey


Office Sought and District
Frederick County Council At-Large

JD University of Baltimore

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Deputy Administrator MDOT MVA

Political Experience
2013-2017 Frederick City Board of Aldermen


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Why are you running for office?
To change the direction of Frederick County politics and government.

Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Ronald Reagan nationally — completely changed the political conversation about the role of the federal government. Locally I have looked to people like Ellen Sauerbrey and Bob Kittleman who helped to restore the Republican Party in Maryland to allow it to compete.

What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
I have to go with Atlas Shrugged — not overtly political but really had a big impact on my thinking about individual liberty.

What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
Bring needed infrastructure to Frederick County — government should better serve the needs of the people and in Frederick transportation affects everybody’s quality of life.

What is the biggest issue facing your county?
How to accommodate growth; needing to bring more job creators to Frederick County so people do not have to commute as much.

What is your position on taxes and spending?
Taxes should be lowered — our council has not lowered one fee or tax in the last 4 years. The county’s budget continues to grow but services remain constant which doesn’t make sense.

What is your position on a county tax cap?
I would support a cap such as Prince George’s County’s TRIM.

What is your position on land use issues?
Growth needs to be properly managed and should be prioritized in the municipalities. Property rights need to be respected though.

What is your position on public safety?
I support the increased use of local resources to public safety as it is a primary function of government to protect people and property.

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