Candidate Survey: Del Lamiman for Montgomery County Central Committee, District 15
County and District
U of Wisconsin, U of Maryland – BS Economics (Public Finance)
+ 18 credits Creative Writing – Montgomery College
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Horse Farmer, after 25 years IT Systems
Current LD-15 Chair, Hogan-Rutherford Transition Team, Candidate – House of Delegates, Mayor, Legislative Assistant – Maryland Senate, State Legislative Coordinator for Maryland Municipal League, Board – Montgomery Co. Municipal League, Pres- MoCo YR’s, UM & State CR’s, MoCo Council Redistricting Com. many campaign committees, President – Boyds Civic Association
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Why are you running for office?
To strengthen the Montgomery County Republican Party sufficiently to win Legislative and Council elections in the Western part of the County and make a difference in Statewide races.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
In 1958 Gilbert Gude left his House of Delegates Seat to run for the Central Committee, became Chairman, and spent 4 years building the County Party organization which led to a decade of Republican supremacy in Montgomery County, and 10 years in Congress for himself.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
The US Constitution (yes, I have a copy in the bathroom) and the writings of our founding fathers. I do not find any modern writers in the same league.
What do you see as the role of the Central Committee?
Develop a true precinct organization, raise money, recruit and support candidates, be an admirable voice of opposition to Democrat office holders.
What is the biggest issue facing your county Republican Party?
Minimal precinct organization in much of County, uneven public voice. (Credit for positive movement in last year.)
What are the three biggest issues facing the Maryland Republican Party?
State Party in best shape in a long time. Need to resist temptation to reject principled Republicans who can get elected because they are not shrill crusading ideological purists.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
As a principled conservative, I want maximum individual freedom and minimum government control. Most of us have known people who suffered badly at the end of their life, but it is hard to have confidence in government’s ability to craft a program that would help without creating bigger problems.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Tax and spend less. Governments should protect and help the truly vulnerable and needy; but in Montgomery County we impose high taxes to create programs and services to buy the votes of middle and upper income residents.
What is your position on gun rights?
Strongly support second amendment. Support laws and enforcement to catch and punish those using guns for crime, even if that causes some inconvenience for lawful gun owners.
Do you believe that Maryland Republican Party primaries should be open to independent voters?
Do you believe that the state party and the county parties should be allowed to endorse in primary elections?
Do you believe that Maryland Republican Party auxiliary organizations should have a vote on the Maryland Republican Party executive committee?
Would you support limiting the terms of Maryland Republican Party officers to eight consecutive years in the same office?