Candidate Survey: Donny Ravas for Washington County Commissioner
Donald “Donny” J. Ravas
Office Sought and District
Washington County Commissioner
High school / joined the military: Army
Small business owner (Logistics) 25 years plus
Extensive, Campaign manager, treasurer, support, consultation, petitions, etc.
Social Media Accounts
Face book; Citizens for Donny Ravas, Authority: Michael Dattilio, Treasurer
Why are you running for office?
The job of Commissioner has many moving parts and challenges while trying to think ahead (budgeting) for our future ones. I want to be a part of creating those solutions. I believe that it is everyone’s civic duty to serve, this is where I can serve the citizens of Washington County.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
President Donald J Trump, we are a lot alike in how we look at problem solving, at the root and not just dealing with and or throwing money at the symptoms.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
I like President Reagan so anything promoting his policies, but the “Freedom Answer Book” by Judge Napolitano, why? I recommend reading it, it gives several examples of just how out of control and or intrusive our government has become and that our system is terribly broken. It has become unconstitutional.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
In my opinion, the State of Maryland has taken a lion’s share of our tax dollars particularly our transportation funds. Our citizens deserve better roads and bridges to travel on. These are placed in jeopardy when there are accidents on I-70 and I-81 and people detour onto our county roadways, that are not designed for this type of volume and its wear and tear. We must recapture more monies from our state to cover these expenses.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
Jobs and skilled labor, we have to become a leader in the area to be attractive, I have a plan for this. (we have some other issues that are just as pressing and in need of immediate attention) but this always helps, verses no jobs.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I am a fiscal conservative; I believe in controlled and disciplined spending so we do not have to raise taxes and deter property ownership (owner occupied homes). This does not mean any one group will go without nor does it mean one group is entitled to more money. It means we all have to watch how we spend other people’s money and take care of our county equipment (i.e. take care of the taxpayer’s monies and equipment). Always.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
I do not support any tax rate increases, so I support a county tax cap for private property owners. A wider tax base is even better (jobs). As our county does better and home assessments increase then so will the funds paid in by home owning taxpayers without raising the tax rate. So I am for keeping a County tax cap in place.
What is your position on land use issues?
We must create a balance of maintaining our rural lifestyles and traditions while encouraging moderate land development that provides jobs and an economy in our county but to a point. I am all for private property rights and less government encroachment on those rights.
What is your position on public safety?
I am committed to making sure that our “First Responders” get the training facility and (the 49) acres that they need, along with the proper equipment. Safety and security for our citizens is what they all desire. We also need to address the safety concerns in our public schools for our teachers and students. Assist our Law Enforcement with the gang problems and drug (opioid) epidemic plaguing Hagerstown and surrounding areas in our county and also help our county become a participant with the federal 287G program as well. We have other needs too, like the need to address the inadequacies and short staffing in our 911 call center. We have our challenges but that is what I do, I solve them.