Candidate Survey: David Wilson for State Senate, District 15
Office Sought and District
State Senate, District 15
Bachelors in Education, Masters in Public Administration
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Army Officer, Lieutenant Colonel (ret), Medical Service Corps
One year internship, Maryland State Senate, 2001, Senator Nancy Jacobs
Why are you running for office?
I’m running for office because I can make a positive change for Maryland residents. My second combat tour to Iraq in 2004-2005 was to support the efforts for their free and fair elections. When I moved to Maryland and realized how the gerrymandered districts restricted and predetermined voter’s choices, I decided it was time for me to do my part here at home. The Army made me a leader. The lack of leadership in the General Assembly will make me a Statesman!
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Governor Larry Hogan. He is an inspiration because his first political effort was running for Governor as a Republican in a deep blue state. His ability to cooperate and to bring moderation to the table is one that reflects our very Nation’s founding. I find myself, as a moderate Republican, being able discuss real solutions with the average Democrat, Independent, and Green Party voters. His example serves Maryland extremely well and establishing a balanced General Assembly will give him the ability to accomplish much more for Marylanders.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
“Politics: Easy as P.I.E.”, by Bob McEwen. This book boils political leadership down to the essential elements of Integrity and Economics. Examining successful countries (and states) through these lenses provides the basic understanding and framework for anyone to best understand how freedom, or lack of freedom, effects the wealth of nations.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
My top priority is to give the vote back to the people by ending the gerrymandered districts.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
You won’t hear other politicians talk about it and, in fact, most people intentionally stay away from this issue. The fact is, we look at it from the wrong perspective and the current political leadership pretend to help, but their efforts only serve to prolong and increase the problem. Maryland has the rare opportunity to show how caring we are, and how people should be treated with respect and dignity. Illegal immigration effects the economy, healthcare, and education, all in a manner we can’t even determine because it’s not politically correct to even discuss it in terms of real solutions. Safe Acts, Trust Acts, and Sanctuary status only serve to keep good people hidden in the shadows, where bad people can further exploit them. We are a land where the rule of law is respected, so we should use our laws to actually help those in need.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
The great thing about Maryland is its diversity of people and places. Our culture is the culture of the world. It runs from the mountains and country to the ocean and cities. The three biggest issues facing Maryland are gerrymandering, illegal immigration, and taxes. People deserve to pick their representatives. Instead, gerrymandering results in representatives selecting their voters. There are too many unknowns when it comes to illegal immigration because the current political leaders refuse to work on real solutions. Our undocumented residents are hardworking, well intended people who deserve better. Taxes drive Grandparents to other states, away from their families. Taxes and over regulation drive business into the ground and prevent new growth from coming to Maryland. Tax dollars are abused and the results are hidden from the very people who pay them. We must hold public officials accountable and every policy should have transparency as a rule, not an exception.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
As a career military officer in the medical profession, I’m sensitive to the many aspects and stages of life and death. As a Christian, I respect life as a gift from God and believe a life starts at conception. Having said that, I don’t believe America is prepared to end abortion laws. The consequences of doing so would leave too many women at risk, retreating to the days before legal abortion, and the horrendous malpractice of back alley abortions. Our adoption policies and procedures must be modified to support more life than death. Better alternatives must be available so expectant Mothers and Fathers can make better choices.
The end of our life’s journey should reflect dignity and honor. Assisted suicide or death with dignity. These terms reflect a process wrought with problems medical and religious professionals should be able to work out. I think politicians should carefully and fully understand the concerns of all sides and carefully design laws to ensure our finals moments on earth reflect dignity and honor.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
The higher the taxes, the greater the government control. The greater the government control, the more impoverished a country becomes. There are people who feel wealth is a limited commodity and in order for one person to have more, someone else will have less. Wealth comes when free people under free enterprise create stuff. Wealth is a matter of innovation, which is unlimited. I understand taxes support education, the military, roads, etc. I also understand how politicians spend third party money and how much waste exists in government. Good leaders do what’s right, all the time. People should keep as much of their hard-earned money as possible, while spending is carefully done and fully open for the public to see.
What is your position on gun rights?
America’s Founders did an awesome job establishing a written document reflecting how our government protects our fundamental human rights. Some people confuse the subject and think the government gives us those rights. The right to keep and bear arms is just as important and just as protected as our right to free speech and all other rights. You cannot violate one person’s rights because another person does something wrong. This applies to any rights at any time. The Founders understood the importance of the armed citizen in maintaining a government of the people. I support the people’s right to be armed and ready in protection of themselves, their loved ones and their country.
What is your position on education?
Our children are our greatest asset. As a teacher, I see the complicated process of a good education. The bottom line is this, we should teach our children the way they learn best! We’ve stripped away most of the vocational training from our public schools and have abandoned many students who desperately need those skills to establish a solid profession after high school. There should be more control of the curriculum at local levels to reflect the real needs of the community. Students should not be punished for working hard and getting the best grades. Good performance should be rewarded, regardless of race. Great teachers should get paid the most. Good teachers should get paid less. Bad teachers should improve or find a different profession. Teachers need the support of administrators and parents. They perform miracles with our children and deserve the best we have to offer.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
The United States is decades behind the rest of the world regarding medical research using Cannabis and its components (Cannabinoids). I fully support medical research in this regard and have high expectations for extraordinary results. As “experiments” continue with some states legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, I will carefully watch the results of crime, economic growth, and social issues before supporting use in this fashion.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
Again, more government control equals less freedom of choice. I’m certainly no expert, but my understanding is Maryland’s liquor regulations reflect the only monopoly of its kind in the United States. I find it difficult to image this is the Gold Standard of alcohol regulation and Maryland is the only state to be taking advantage of it. I have no official position, but I will lean towards less regulation and more freedom of choice.
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 serve the public and I am responsible for the appropriate use of their money. I will use the benefits if I need and only if I need them. When doing so, I will use only what I need. Legislators work schedules can require early morning and late-night meetings. If safety becomes a factor, I have no problem staying the night and using available funds dedicated for this situation.
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?
My integrity and my honor drive my every action. I intend to be the example expected of a public official, a commissioned officer, and a Christian. I hold myself to a higher standard and I will hold my colleagues to that same high standard. They represent the great people of Maryland who expect them to perform their duties with honor. Anything less is unacceptable and will be dealt with quickly, fully, and if need be, publicly. Good advice from an old General, “Don’t do anything today, you don’t want to see on the front page of tomorrow’s newspaper.”