Candidate Survey: Brian Chisholm for Delegate, District 31B
Brian A Chisholm
Office Sought and District
House of Delegates District 31B
1989 Severna Park High School Graduate. Marketing – Clemson University 1994.
19 Years in Mortgage Lending with a primary focus on lending to Veterans. Small Business owners in Real Estate Investing.
Political Candidate for House of Delegates in District 31B in 2014. Unsuccessful in obtaining victory in the Primary election. Currently serve on the Anne Arundel County Pension Oversight Commission as Vice President for County Executive Steve Schuh.
Why are you running for office?
I am running for office because I am deeply concerned that with each calendar year, legislative session and law passed, that we are slowly eroding away our basic freedoms, liberties and future. We far too often imprudently yield to an ever expanding government with false hopes it will provide us with more security, prosperity and happiness. I believe this mentality can lead to the destruction of ambition, motivation and the self-reliance we all need to positively fulfill our destiny. I am running to protect our basic freedoms and promote a limited government that recognizes the power of the individual to achieve greatness that affords all of us better opportunities. I believe 2500 to 3000 laws introduced by the Maryland General Assembly every year has the unintended or intended consequence of trampling on our God-given individual freedoms. I have the highest respect for the role of government to provide safety and security to all of its citizens and communities, maintain and develop our infrastructure and oversee all duties entrusted to it that cannot be fairly and competitively realized in the private sector. However, I see an accumulation of legislation that eclipses these essential needs. I am running because I believe people do far greater good with freedom than when some governmental body is attempting to indiscriminately control them with endless laws and regulations that are often unnecessary. I see people and I know they are truly a miracle with unimaginable power but freedom is vital for people to reach their greatest potential. Unfortunately, others including some politicians look at these same people with pity and use them as pawns in order to gain their own political power. I believe we need to do away with career politicians that become intoxicated with power, become disconnected with potential to abuse their position of influence. I have been in the private sector my entire career but I now feel compelled with great energy and excitement to serve the good people of District 31B. I want to work together on a shared vision of freedom, peace, prosperity and a limited but effective and efficient government that serves the people and not the other way around.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Ronald Reagan without hesitation. I was completely captivated as a 10-year-old boy in 1980 by his uplifting and inspirational message for a better tomorrow the very first time I heard his voice. I knew absolutely nothing about politics at the time but I knew he spoke in a way that encouraged me to look with great anticipation and excitement for a better tomorrow. He expressed his philosophical beliefs eloquently for everybody to envision a United States with incredible opportunities as the shining city upon a hill for all.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
1776 by David McCullough. I realize this is not your traditional politics or policy book but it has always set a tone for me in regards to the political world and the miracle the founding of the United States epitomized. George Washington led a ragtag army of malnourished, ill-equipped and untrained soldiers over a mighty British army because they all desperately hungered for freedom. George Washington will forever be recognized as the Father of our country but he never really wanted to be President or see the mass loss of life the war took on our young Americans. He simply saw no alternative to living without freedom and became one of the greatest leaders in world history. He understood the yearning we all have for liberty and our innate desire for self-government.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
My top priority will be to work with Governor Larry Hogan and the Republican leadership to cut wasteful spending, reduce taxes and fees and fight vigorously against any legislation designed to strip away individual freedoms. I will also firmly stand against any needless regulations that result in suffocating small businesses that serve as the economic engine for job growth and an expanding economy.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
The biggest issue facing my district is the over taxing of individuals, families and businesses. We are blessed to have a local economy of opportunities provided by small businesses, entrepreneurs and large to mid-sized companies. We must resist the prevailing dangers of driving the producers, workers and retirees out of Maryland and District 31B with heavy and burdensome taxes. Governor Hogan has done an incredible job with three straight budgets with no tax increases but we must continue this fight.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Taxes and Spending. We now have a windfall of new revenue created by the Trump tax cut which will be swiped away by lawmakers for a rainy day, pet projects and personal political gain. This solidifies my conviction that we do not have a revenue problem but we do have a spending problem. We now must pass legislation that will return the excess $300 to $400 million back to Maryland taxpayers that was created by the Trump Administration Federal Tax cut.
Gerrymandering is another very serious issue facing Maryland designed to eliminate the implementation of an honest and equitable Representative Republic. This is accomplished by one party majority rule drawing incoherent district lines in order to maintain permanent power. This inevitably leads to large populations of Marylander’s ill-served by their representatives.
Career politicians entrenched with power and influence is a major issue in Maryland and is evidenced by countless reports in our current political environment. This can assuredly tip the scales of justice and equality against the true producers, taxpayers and small business owners that are the lifeblood of our economy and future as a thriving state.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am Pro-Life and I am not in favor of assisted suicide. I think the destruction of the family unit and the total disregard for the dignity of life is at the root of many of our societal atrocities today.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Simple, I believe we are over taxed and regardless of the revenue total received there will always be someone willing to spend it.
What is your position on gun rights?
I am Pro-2nd Amendment and recognize it as a precious right that must be protected in order for our citizens to remain free. I believe all murder and violence is abhorrent and evil but I fear more gun control laws only serve to infringe upon the rights of the innocent law abiding citizens. We should concentrate more on enforcing the laws already on the books.
What is your position on education?
I am very proud of my Anne Arundel County Public School education and will always cherish the time and lessons learned that were impressed upon me by teachers, coaches, faculty and staff. I remain very close to many of the friends, families and coaches I shared that public school experience with and nothing will ever dilute that fact. I am however very troubled with the inability of many public schools in the State of Maryland to provide a quality education to those most in need. I am a solid proponent of school choice, private schools, charter schools or any other such educational resource that furthers the education and intelligence that best prepares a child to thrive in the real world.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I hold libertarian views on some issues, of which this happens to be one. My wife is an Occupational Therapist with a Doctorate Degree and has explained to me some of the life changing qualities that medical marijuana can produce for some patients that cannot be found elsewhere. I take seriously her insight on this issue and suggest we carefully consider any future laws. In the end, we need to trust adults to make decisions in their life that they feel best serves them and their loved ones.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
This system has been around since the repeal of prohibition so it stands to reason that it may be in need of reconsideration. I am for any form of distribution that exercises the principles of a free market, greater competition, choice and the protection of the consumer.
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 have never served in the General Assembly so I do not feel 100% comfortable answering absolutes but considering I live 20 minutes from Annapolis, I highly doubt I would ever need the lodging or the meal money. I would not expect to accept these benefits based on my geographic location or my fiscal conservative belief system.
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?
First and Foremost, I will continue to work tirelessly throughout the rest of the primary campaign season to ensure one of the most infamous sexual harassers in Maryland history does not return to the State House by defeating him on June 26, 2018. Once elected if I am so honored, I will conduct myself in the same manner that I have always embraced and treat everyone with respect, dignity and with integrity.