Candidate Survey: Tamu Davenport for Baltimore City Central Committee, District 7
Tamu Ifetayo Davenport
County and District
Baltimore City (7th)
B.A. – Goucher College
Supervisor, State of Maryland (MDH/OES)
Headed Maryland for Carson, Baltimore City Member Maryland GOP Maryland Black Republican Council Maryland Black Republican Council, local chair (Baltimore City)
Why are you running for office?
I am a product of the Baltimore City Public school systems with a B.A. degree from Goucher College. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. Not only am I a resident of Baltimore City; I am a resident of the Penn North Community. I have been employed with the State of Maryland for over thirty years and have lived in this neighborhood for as equally long period of time. I have seen the result of Democratic leadership first hand and up close. I am running for office because I see a need for change in Baltimore City. I want to be a vehicle for that change. In a nutshell, I am running for office because I want to “just go MAD”! (Just go Make A Difference!)
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
I became interested in politics simply because I wanted a future and an America for my grandchildren. During the 2016 election cycle I became was active in the Carson for President 2016 campaign. I was selected to be part of the leadership team and headed his Baltimore City volunteers. Dr. Carson certainly would be an example of my political role model. I admire Dr. Carson because he represents “We the People”, a citizen Statesman who rose to the cause. Dr. Carson is articulate, smart, with a genuine heart for the people and a desire to serve; not exorcise power for personal gain. I equally admire and consider Frederick Douglass also to be a historical role model. Maryland’s Governor Hogan has also recognized this amazing individual by naming 2018 “Year of Frederick Douglass”. I agree with Governor Hogan when he said: “Frederick Douglass’ contributions to society transcend race, nationality, or religion, and his fight for human rights and equality still resonates to this day.” Both Dr. Benjamin Carson and Frederick Douglass exemplify what today’s representatives of the people should resonate: honesty and integrity, a need to serve, and a desire to be in political positions an answer to a call from the people; not from a place of ego.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
I am fond of “If You Can keep It” written by Eric Metaxes. I find the book an exciting and important book to read. In this book Mr. Metaxes outlines the establishment of our constitution and how our founding father viewed the Republic they were forming. He details the arduous job of our forefathers as they hashed out the details of a government where the people would be free to govern themselves. Mr. Metaxes account while historical is both relevant and current. He details the importance of what our founding fathers established and why it is our job, “We the People” to keep it. America leads the world in freedoms; it is important we maintain it. Our forefathers understood, our freedoms are meant for everyone in the world; so they must be maintained. ”If You Can keep It” makes clear that the American dream is found in the promise of American liberty; we are an exceptional nation “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” America sets the example and leads the way for the entire free world. It is imperative that we keep it.
What do you see as the role of the Central Committee?
The main role of the Committee members is to identify, select and assist in the campaigns for election for the party’s candidates. In essence, the role of Central Committee members is to get Republican candidates on the ballot and elected to office.
What is the biggest issue facing your county Republican Party?
The City of Baltimore has been and continues to be a haven for the Democrat party. The biggest issues in my county – Baltimore City – are particularly more far ranging than just the Penn-North Community for the Republican Party are issues of perception and branding. The perception in Baltimore City is that the Democrat Party is inclusive; while the Republican Party is exclusive. The perception in Baltimore City is that the Democrat Party stands for equality and justice; while the Republican Party is comprised of rich, old, white racist men. The perception in Baltimore City is that the Democrat Party offers some form of economic “equality”; while the Republican Party does not care about minorities or poor people in general. Perception and “Branding” issues abound. The perception of both Parties, particularly among people of color, is skewed. As stated, I live in the Penn North Community. Certainly, if the investment this community has given to the Democratic Party over the last fifty years had yielded the expected dividends; e.g. the perceptions lined up with the reality; it would make sense. Crazy is doing the same thing over and over again, the same way, BUT expecting different results. Instead; while the reality of Democratic leadership is broken communities, broken windows and boarded up homes – the perception in my community – is that the Republicans have their hands around the necks of the people, with their fingers in our throats ready to rob as oppose to empower. To engage people in my community, to overcome serious negative branding issues these perceptions need to be faced and addressed. The Republican Party is going to have to make an effort to create a differentiated and different presence in the community where I live.
What are the three biggest issues facing the Maryland Republican Party?
Perceptions and Branding issues as defined above resonant throughout the State as well as President Trump and people’s perceptions of what is happening in DC have an effect and affect the Maryland Republic Party.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am a Christian. I believe every child is a gift from God. Every life is viable and valuable. I do not support abortion, government funding of same, nor assisted suicide.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I live on and maintain a budget for my household; I cannot understand the inability of the government to do the same. I support lower taxes and less government spending.
What is your position on gun rights?
I support the Second Amendment: the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.
Do you believe that Maryland Republican Party primaries should be open to independent voters?
Do you believe that the state party and the county parties should be allowed to endorse in primary elections?
Do you believe that Maryland Republican Party auxiliary organizations should have a vote on the Maryland Republican Party executive committee?
Would you support limiting the terms of Maryland Republican Party officers to eight consecutive years in the same office?