Candidate Survey: Gail Bates for State Senate, District 9

Senator Gail Bates


Office Sought and District
State Senate district 9

BS Education UMd, Accounting UMBC

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Certified Public Accountant

Political Experience
State Senator – 2015-present, State Delegate 2002-2014, Asst to Del. Don Murphy 3 years, Asst yo HC Executive Ecker 8 years, HC GOP Central Committee 10 years


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Why are you running for office?
Running for re-election to Senate – fiscal conservative.

Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Howard County Executive Charles Ecker – service to public and focus on problem solving, common sense over politics

What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
No answer

What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Focus on budget management, tax relief and quality education

What is the biggest issue facing your district?

What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Education, job creation, fiscal responsibility

What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I don’t support either

What is your position on taxes and spending?
As a member of the Joint Audit committee, I have consistently worked for fiscal transparency and accountability. Dollars spent is not always a measure of success.

What is your position on gun rights?
I have consistently been endorsed by the NRA.

What is your position on education?
I am a former teacher and believe education is the key to a successful future. We need accountability in educational spending, focusing on results. Too many students need remedial classes because they are not graduating from high school prepared for higher education.

What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I am not a supporter, however, I understand and support limited use for specific medical issues.

What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
It is extremely complex, but from a business perspective, it is difficult to unravel since many businesses have built their business models on the current system.

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 have utilized this system during my service because we have both early and late meetings and traffic is problematic.

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 have not experienced any of this in my time in the Legislature.

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