Candidate Survey: Torrey Snow for Anne Arundel County Council, District 4
Office Sought and District
Anne Arundel County Council -District 4
Bachelor of Arts -Pensacola Christian College
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In 2016, I was heavily involved with organizing state volunteers for Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign. I have also taken a prominent role in Anne Arundel County, gathering residents from all backgrounds to have conversations about matters like Donald Trump, Race Relations, and education. I was also a columnist for the Capital Gazette, and used that platform to advocate for our forgotten communities who pay the steepest price for leftist policies.
Why are you running for office?
I am running to represent citizens who want to take an active role in building stronger communities, rather than relying on more laws and higher taxes. I intend to set an example that inspires other statesmen to endure the rigors of running for office to help bring quality voices to the political discussion.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Frederick Douglass is a statesman I seek to model. He had a very unpopular message, in a very difficult time. He cared deeply for the oppressed and courageously confronted powerful figures. He believed in the power of education and strong moral character to help the oppressed to liberate themselves. I embrace these values and look to his example for inspiration and courage.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
The wisest politician in history, King Solomon, wrote a book to his son to teach him to be a wise king. The Biblical Book of Proverbs is my guide for how to examine wise policy, and how to fairly govern communities. There is no subject of public policy that has not been addressed by Proverbs. Just as Sun Tzu is integral to understanding the art of conflict, so is Solomon key to understanding the art of governing.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
Anne Arundel County must be a county that values education in all forms. My priority will be to push the county council to acknowledge and express appreciation for the Public Education, Private Education, and Home Education. We must end the narrow-minded thinking that reduces education to petty bickering about the Anne Arundel County Public School budget. We must focus on creating a community that appreciates the value of education at all ages, in all stages of life, at all economic brackets.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
Anne Arundel County is struggling to find a healthy balance between maintaining healthy growth and development, and preserving the spirit and morale of our communities. Traffic, school crowding, and over-development are all factors that contribute to tension in our community. I seek to be a wise statesman that can educate residents about the development process, so they can more clearly communicate feedback about the General Development plan. A wisely planned GDP will benefit all areas of our community.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Local Democrats vocally reminded us all that our state and local taxes are so excessive that a $10,000 federal tax deduction is not enough to provide relief for our taxpayers. Anne Arundel County residents pay more than a religious tithe in State and Local taxes. I will respect the massive generosity of our residents by insisting that that the county invests our resources effectively. I will aggressively work to persuade to the County Council to invest in in our people by way of reducing the tax burden for all residents.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
I believe that investing in our county residents by carefully managing their tax burden is a wise decision. I support protective measures for residents, like tax caps, especially considering the massive tax burden residents already face.
What is your position on land use issues?
The immense complexity of this issue means I will rely on experienced counsel to help educate more voters on this subject. The biggest challenge with this issue is that most residents are unclear about the processes that govern land-use, and therefore fail to provide adequate feedback. With the help of the county council, we can equip residents with the tools to make reasonable recommendations for maintaining healthy communities, as well as intelligently reviewing proposals presented by experts.
What is your position on public safety?
I strongly and aggressively support our Law Enforcement and First Responders, as well as the staff that supports them. My chief goal in this area is to empower residents to take a direct interest in contributing to public safety. If more residents are educated in safety skills appropriate for civilians(first aid, overdose response, addiction support, suicide prevention, ect…), I am certain they will seek out ways to directly support our Public Safety personnel. This partnership will drive policy changes that will enhance the quality of our public safety networks. When residents appreciate the burden our public safety officers face, they will be more likely to advocate for better solutions to improve the quality of life for our public servants.