Candidate Survey: Brooks Bennett for Delegate, District 31A
Office Sought and District
House of Delegates, District 31A
Bachelor Degree – Criminal Justice
Masters in Business Administration
Why are you running for office?
To be a voice of reason for my community and Maryland. Our state has gone so far down a one-party rabbit hole that common sense and advocating for a constituency have become overtaken by partisanship. I am running because I believe in service and that I am the best person to represent the people and address our concerns at the state level.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
I look to George Washington and how he accepted is position as president. He walked away after two terms out of duty and service, not limits. He was a man of conviction and strong moral character.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
The Righteous Mind, by Jonathan Haidt. In such a divisive partisan world I believe it is important to listen and understand where people are coming from with their concerns and stances. Public service should be about bringing people and communities together, not being another example of divisiveness.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
I will work tirelessly to improve public safety. I want to make sure that police have the resources they need to patrol and serve higher crime areas effectively. Also, I will push for harsher sentences for criminals who are repeat offenders or commit crimes with guns. I want criminals and bad guys to be held accountable and serve sentences that fit the punishment of their crimes.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Crime and safety. I hear it at almost every door; people are concerned that our neighborhoods are no longer safe and it continues to get worse.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Crime, taxes, and education
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am pro-life and against assisted suicide.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
The individual knows how to spend their money better than the government does. Our state has a spending problem and fixing it may have some short-term pains but are very necessary to right the ship. Maryland needs to immediately reduce retiree taxes to allow our older neighbors to continue to live comfortably in their neighborhoods without being priced out the community they have always called home.
What is your position on gun rights?
I am a strong defender of the second amendment and will defend the continued attack on gun rights.
What is your position on education?
We need accountability in our system and to empower teachers, they know what is best for their classes from year to year. I am happy to see that Governor Hogan is funding education at record levels per student across the state. I support families having the ability to chose the best educational opportunities for their children, which can include the use of public, charter, or religious schooling.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
Marijuana is classified a schedule 1 drug at the federal level. I do not believe a state can or should make a law that directly contradicts federal law.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
Maryland’s antiquated alcohol laws are impeding small business growth in an industry that begging to explode in our state. I support less restriction on alcohol sales and removing unneeded layers of go-betweens in the process that only serve to hinder small businesses trying to survive.
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 live in Anne Arundel County and will drive to and from work every day.
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, I will lead by example in how I treat everyone in my personal and professional life. There is no room for this type of behavior anywhere in our society. Second, I will support the removal of anyone proven guilty of sexual harassment while serving in the General Assembly. I believe elected representatives should be held to a higher standard.