Candidate Survey: Dan Cox for Delegate, District 4
Office Sought and District
Delegate, District 4
Juris Doctor, (’06) Regent Law; B.S., Government (’02) UMUC; Political Science (’92-’95) Mt. St. Mary’s Univ.; Leadership Institute, Capitol Hill school; HS Diploma, Walkersville C.F.S.
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Town Council President, Secretary, MD (2007-2009); Chairman, Republican Central Committee (Dorchester County)(elected 2007-2011); Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, re-election campaign Assist. to Campaign Manager, Interim Campaign Manager ’94-’95); Alan Keyes for President ’95, personal aide/driver/field.
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Why are you running for office?
To advance the cause of freedom and the rule of law; and seek to hold the line for the same in the Old Line State.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
President Ronald Reagan & Winston Churchill; Because bold, conservative leadership saves lives and protects Western civilization.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
John Adams; because McCullough is brilliant in demonstrating the necessity of wise political leadership on matters of self governance and liberty, and few times in our history have we ever as a nation not needed to be aware of the intent of international interests seeking to subvert our institutions, while maintaining the strength of family bonds as Abigail and John sought to do. And the reminder to befriend political rivals at times for the cause of America is seen in the lives and then deaths of both Adams and Jefferson on July 4th within hours of each other.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Defending our Bill of Rights freedoms; passing pro-business and pro-family legislation. Ending the opioid epidemic, advancing education freedom, protecting citizens from open borders, are all related priorities.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Education and good paying jobs (school choice, ending common core standards, ending the opioid epidemic, addressing pore literacy and class size/buildings).
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Jobs/small business, lower taxation and education to support a growing need of families to have opportunity and less burdensome regulations.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
100% Pro-life from conception to natural death, and opposed to any assisted suicide.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Opposed to any increase in taxation and support instead a reduction in taxes on every level; wasteful spending is both criminal and ludicrous in MD considering that outrageous wastes are reported; 100 million lost in Baltimore schools; 700 employees of the Baltimore City school system making over 100k…the pocketing of money by powerful liberals…the matter must be addressed with diligence and exposure which Red Maryland is doing.
What is your position on gun rights?
HUGE 2A supporter. We need more gun freedom to combat the growing evil of far left and mental cases. I support Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue standards for keeping and bearing a handgun. I support the right of every household to own and keep AR15s and will fight any tyrannical attempt to remove the ease of ownership of self-defense semi-auto guns from the people.
What is your position on education?
I am a school choice (vouchers/tax credits) advocate and parental rights defender in my law practice. I also believe that the current distribution of public school funding by County and Baltimore City is outrageously biased against conservative counties such as Frederick and Carroll, and must change with equal per pupil state funding. It is reverse discrimination against white students and at the same time it is discrimination against all black, latino and minority students who choose to live in Frederick and Carroll Counties.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
Should be updated to deregulate and be more like states such as Virginia.
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 will. Because a worker is worthy of his hire and expenses. This stipend allows lower-to-middle class or less-wealthy people to be elected and actually serve without robbing their families of these costs, and prevents the legislative process from being open only to those wealthy enough who can self-fund their representation.
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?
Such acts of depravity (adultery, sex & money, payoffs for harassment, and lobbyist bribery to name a few) have no place in Maryland’s General Assembly. I intend to personally act and legislate with integrity and honor, and to consider proposing sunlight legislation mandating that all communications requesting particular legislation be disclosed as to the source, name and contact information and that every piece of legislation be reviewed by a non-partisan ethics review commission (72 hour turn-around) prior to being submitted for committee consideration. Emergency legislation will still need to be reviewed by the ethics review commission within 72 hours of submission, with the exception that amendments deemed necessary within 72 hours of Sine Die may have the time limit waived with a declaration under oath of the legislator that there are no conflicts of interest or known ethical conflicts under state law.
Any legislator who is exposed as someone who has committed sexual harassment or other sexual or monetary unethical or illegal behavior should be automatically removed from the General Assembly by operation of law under the Maryland Constitution, after an equally constituted bi-partisan due process hearing, with a right to a judicial jury trial and expedited appeal, determines the truth of the allegations.