Candidate Survey: Bob Cassilly for State Senate, District 34
Office Sought and District
State Senate District 34
J.D. University of Baltimore School of Law; B.A. Johns Hopkins University
Attorney / Army Reserve Officer
Maryland Senate, Harford County Council, Bel Air Town Council
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Why are you running for office?
My family has called Maryland home for almost 300 years and it is still home to my five children and grandchildren. am committed to the success of our State. Unfortunately, that success is threatened by those who either cannot or will not understand the fundamentals of our economy, our government, and our people. I serve help them understand those fundamentals.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Lincoln – He demonstrated unmatched courage in his efforts to serve all of the people.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
I don’t like books about politics.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Supporting Governor Hogan’s legislative agenda.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Baltimore Cities inability to address crime, failing schools, and jobs; those inhibit the success of the entire region. Government addiction to spending without accountability. The loss of blue collar jobs.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am pro-life. I do not support assisted suicide.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
We need less of both.
What is your position on gun rights?
I support the Second Amendment.
What is your position on education?
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
Maryland has already decriminalized the use and possession of small amounts of marijuana. The issue now, is do we go further and if so, how fast and how far. Is wholesale and immediate decriminalization in the public interest? Reliable studies on the societal and individual impacts of recreational marijuana have been hampered by its illegality. As more states legalize, the number or very reputable studies increases. Those studies, including studies from the University of Maryland and NIH, are raising a lot of serious concerns that must be fully considered. We also lack the ability to conduct on the spot tests to determine levels of intoxication as we currently have to test for alcohol intoxication. Before we fully address the issue of decriminalization, I would like a greater opportunity to examine all of the data that is beginning to emerge from those states that volunteered to serve as our national test cases for legalization.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
I would like to see changes in our laws on alcohol.
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?
Yes. I work very hard, usually 12-15 hours a day in Annapolis and could not do that job without state funded lodging.
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 have no tolerance for such misbehavior. That said, I have worked for nearly 40 years in both the public and private sectors and internationally and I do not share the view that sexual harassment and depravity are dominant in the General Assembly. Maybe its because I’m not a very good looking person, but I have not seen or been a party to any such behavior. That said, I did vote for legislation to enhance transparency of sexual harassment complaints.