Candidate Survey: David Therrien for Delegate, District 31B
Office Sought and District
House of Delegates, District 31B
Law – J.D., Psychology – B.A., General Studies – A.A., NSA Professionalized – Cryptology,
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
AACAR – Legislative Committee (7) yrs, President – Medium size company, Former U.S. Marine – Retired Naval Officer, Former Military Chief of Police, Business – Chief Technology Officer
Why are you running for office?
to serve the public as I did in the military and to promote Conservative values and ideologies throughout our government and Maryland.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Trey Gowdy – I like his no nonsense, factual analysis. energetic and aggressive work ethic and his conservative point of view
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
I don’t have one.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Regain lost 2A rights, Protect 1A rights in schools, colleges and universities, education reform, jobs growth, reduce taxes and eliminate areas of over regulation, lower personal and business taxes, NO new taxes or expansion of fees, judicial reform to stop the revolving door of criminals in and out and back into the system.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
School violence in Chesapeake Schools, teenage drug use
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
inadequate healthcare and its high costs, lack of a balanced budget, infrastructure/school construction and maintenance
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
Pro-Life, Against Assisted Suicide
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Reduce corporate and personal taxes and stop spending money that the state treasury doesn’t have, balance the budget, identify and eliminate wasteful or frivolous spending.
What is your position on gun rights?
STRONG 2A advocate, oppose HB 1302, pro-reciprocal conceal carry, remove restrictions on Maryland’s Conceal Carry
What is your position on education?
Pro-School vouchers for school choice, get rid of Federal oversight – Education should be controlled by the states and encompass and promote equal opportunities for college, trade schools, entrepreneurship and internships, Education institutions and the teachers themselves should be neutral politically and should have equal respect for Conservative as well as Liberal values.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I support the limited use of medical Marijuana. As an 80% disabled military Veteran I realize the benefits prescribing Marijuana for medical purposes can have in the treatment of PTSD, alzheimers, asthma, cancer, colitis, anxiety, depression and much more. With the current pullback in prescribing opioids, no adequate replacement exists for the daily treatment of severe chronic pain that many veterans live with and the alternative treatments for pain offer little comfort or relief in pain management programs. The Schedule 1 classification has prevented the pursuit of advanced research that would further develop the curative properties possibly inherent in Marijuana and anyone in federal civil service, politicians, law enforcement and first responders potentially risk their careers under Federal law if prosecuted for minor infractions of medical marijuana use. Federal law must be changed to acknowledge State law as controlling for use and growing Marijuana within the State’s borders. I am opposed to the recreational use of Marijuana.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of 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?
No, I live locally in Pasadena and do not need to stay in Annapolis while the General Assembly is in session. I oppose squandering tax payer dollars for non-essential or unnecessary convenience.
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 oppose sexual harassment in all of its forms and support the expulsion of anyone from public office that commits this type of crime while in the workplace in office. I would support the introduction of a bill that would bar an individual from holding a subsequent public office or running for election to a public office if they were convicted of a felony involving the misuse of government facilities, manpower or resources while serving in public office. Public trust must be maintained without second chances by all employed in public office.