Candidate Survey: Felicia Folarin for Prince George’s County Council At-Large
Office Sought and District
Prince George’s County Council At Large
MBA in Finance – University of the District of Columbia
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I am an Insurance Agency Owner serving Maryland area and specifically Prince George’s County for nearly 20 years
I do not consider myself a politician, but as a successful business owner with nearly 20 years representing Prince George’s County. I believe that the local residents of Prince George’s County can count on me to stand with them, as a fellow community member and as a political representative with conservative values and a real and honest commitment to do the necessary work to better position our community in achieving higher levels of economic development and education excellence.
Why are you running for office?
I am a community member who is frustrated with the growing amount of corruption infecting our school system, a local business owner concerned about inconsistencies with business and property taxes, and a discouraged citizen experiencing the same challenges as any other community member. That is why I have chosen to be a more active advocate for Prince George’s County by running for County Council At Large. I am tired of unfulfilled promises and it is time to hold government accountable and bring integrity back to politics.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
We have many competent political representatives that are currently in office , but I believe today more than ever we need leadership over traditional politics. Which is why my focus as County Council At Large will be to represent the residents of Prince George’s County as a concerned member of the community and a committed political leader.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
I am looking forward to reading A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey , because I too believe that it is time to bring integrity back to politics.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
Education is the cornerstone of my campaign because I believe that a higher level of education means less crime, higher income levels, and a healthier, safer and more productive community.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
Education is the biggest issue facing Prince George’s County. As a member of the Prince George’s County Community, I’ve seen the impact of a corrupt school system, and I have stood by as local politicians made promises they either didn’t intend to keep or didn’t have the political wherewithal to stand behind their commitments. Without a solid education system that ensures accountability, compliance and structure, from the top down, the right to a good education is stolen from the young people in our communities, and is replaced with the need to fight corruption and unethical chaos on both the state and county level. As County Council Member At Large, PGCEA can count on my commitment to help repeal the 2013 HB1107 School Board Restructure and reestablishing a school board system that requires officials to be elected by a governance body with the power of oversight that is consistent with other counties in Maryland, as well as in other states across the nation.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I plan to endorse more fiscal responsibility efforts to better support education and infrastructure initiatives, and to protect tax stability.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
Keeping taxes low is a priority , however balancing the financial needs of the budget and the community financial needs will be my focus.
What is your position on land use issues?
While I understand the impact on the environment , appropriate land use is important , as it creates jobs and tax revenue, which is why I plan to support support state government land use initiatives that provide financial stability for local communities .
What is your position on public safety?
It is important and vital to the security of us all, as public safety impacts overall stability . It attracts new residents and encourages economic development.