Candidate Survey: Chelsea Gill for Delegate, District 30A
Office Sought and District
Delegate / 30A
2 years at the House of Delegates
Social Media Accounts
Chelsea Gill for Delegate @chelseafordelegate
Why are you running for office?
To help the people of Anne Arundel County and our state
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Ben Carson is my political role model. First of all, I admire him for sticking to his beliefs. Second, I admire how he openly recognizes that no one person can accomplish and understand all things political. It is important to work with those who are professionals in their fields, such as economics, industry, environment, etc, to fix the various problems in the state. I am an intelligent woman but I know that I will have to work with others to accomplish things in our county and our state. Quite often I have seen and met politicians who are so determined to get all the credit and refuse to work with others.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
My favorite book about politics and policy is “Exit, Voice, and Loyalty” by Albert Hirschman. Although this book is older, it is still applicable to today’s issues. It has been a while since I have read it, but it did an excellent job of illustrating how people behave within an organization. In a nutshell, this book demonstrates how people will voice their opinion within an organization, but if they feel that they are not being heard they will eventually exit that organization and find something new.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
My top priority in the General Assembly will be putting term limits in to place. I believe that no one should be in the same position for more than 3 terms. Not only that, but I believe that there should be a limit on how long a person can be a chair of a committee. I would like to put a bill in place that states a person can only be the chair of a committee for one term (4 years).
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
I do not want to say that there is one big issue facing my district because everyone has their own opinion as to what that one issue would be. I sent out a survey a few months ago and based off of the responses from people here in Annapolis and Edgewater, the people’s concerns are gun safety, school safety, cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, health insurance costs, and overdoses.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am pro-life. I believe in protecting life both in and out of the womb. I do not support abortion, unless the mothers life is in danger. Anyone who has taken a basic health class would know that once a baby is conceived it is a living person. You wouldn’t kill a child outside of the womb, so why is it okay to do it inside the womb?
I do not support assisted suicide either. There are a lot of reasons as to why I do not support this bill, but I will try to keep it brief. I do not support drug overdoses. What most people do not realize is that this bill is asking doctors to prescribe pills, which is about 100 pills, that the person is to take by themselves in order to die. There have been many cases in which those who have taken the medication have passed out before being able to finish the medication, has thrown up the medication, or who have ingested it and did not die. This bill would give insurance companies the power to turn down medical treatments and offer the cheaper option, death. I fight to preserve life and the right to live. There have been cases in which insurance companies have refused to help pay for treatments and have only provided the pills to end ones life, which is unfair to those who are not ready to give up fight to live. During my research I discovered that many people who were prescribed the medication did not take it within the 6 months that they were told that they would live. People outlive their diagnosis’s all the time. Some people have waited years to take the deadly medication. Some people never take their medication and there is no tracking on the medication to know whether or not they still have it, have sold it, or have thrown it away. There are other reasons as to why I do not support this bill, but I will end it here.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
As a state, we do need to collect taxes in order to fund and accomplish various things around Maryland. Although we do need to collect taxes, I do not believe in over taxing people. People should be able to keep as much of the money that they make as possible. In regards to spending, we as a state should not be spending more than we make and we need to use our money wisely.
What is your position on gun rights?
I am pro-Second Amendment. I believe that people have the right to own a gun unless they are a danger to themselves or society.
What is your position on education?
I believe in educating our children… It does not matter if they attend a public school, private school, charter school, or are home-schooled. Every child learns differently and each type of school caters to different needs and styles. I believe that parents should be in charge in determining what type of school their child goes to. If a parent knows that their child will succeed in a home-school environment, then there is no reason for others to put that parent down or criticize them. Too often, while working in the House of Delegates, we would have groups come through and attack each type of schooling. I would see public school groups trying to get rid of homeschooling, private school groups putting down public school, and home school groups fighting against the public schools about curriculum and activities. We need to support each child where they are.
Now I personally support the classical education system. It allows for creativity and imagination and for teachers to make changes based on the class. It does not keep a child in a seat for 7+ hours a day. If done correctly it builds facts at an early age and expands upon those facts as the child moves up grade to grade.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
Amidst the current Opioid Crisis I do not support the legalization of marijuana for the masses. I have had to work with people who would show up to a shift high, making them unable to do their job well. I have known many people who have done marijuana and have turned to harder drugs. So at this time, I do not support the legalization. I do, however, support medical marijuana. I have done my research and see no issue with allowing people to use medical marijuana. I know that medical marijuana helps with pain, can decrease the amount of seizures a person has, and can control tremors.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
I do not have enough information to give an answer.
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?
Since I live in Annapolis, I will not be using the $101 for lodging. As of right now I do not intend on using the $47 per day for meals. First of all, I don’t know how you could spend $47 a day on food. Second, working so close to home, I will probably eat at home with my loving husband. I may take advantage of a dinner or lunch maybe once or twice, but I have no intentions in using all that money.
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?
Well, if I see something I will say something. But it is really up to those who are being sexual harassed to turn in those who are harassing them. Honestly there is only so much that I can do when it comes to sexual harassment.