Candidate Survey: George Sigler for Queen Anne’s County Commissioner, District 2
Office Sought and District
Queen Annes County Commissioner District 2
Some college not a degree
Retire Marine, Retired Proctor & Gamble Business Development Manager
6 Years governmental experience as a member of the Centerville Town Council, five of which as the President, Currently the chair of the Centerville Planning and Zoning
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Facebook, George Sigler for District 2 County Commissioner
Why are you running for office?
The citizens of the county need a voice of reason with the experience, dedication and time to devote to this county and its citizens. I am retired; and as this is not a part time job I have the time, dedication, experience to serve the people of the county with the same alacrity that I served the citizens of Centerville. I believe that we need to worry less about the R’s and D’s and concentrate on the WE’s as in “We the People.”
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Well three of his greatest achievements are: He wrote the Declaration of Independence. He founded the University of Virginia. He was an advocate of Freedom of Religion. He was a strong advocate for states rights, which he believed offered the best chance of keeping the federal government in check. He also believed that the purpose of government was to make sure the rights of the citizens were enforced. He held that once a government ceased to do this, it should be removed and replaced by one that would. “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” Thomas Jefferson I simply believe that government should be of the people, by the people and for the people.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Robert A. Caro’s book “The years of Lyndon Johnson Master of the Senate” Lyndon Banes Johnson had more impact on the United States while the majority leader of the senate that any man before or after him, he was the power behind the throne, and America continues to reel under his effect during that tenure. His favorite quote of that time was ” If you are going to kill a snake with a hoe, you have to get it with one blow to the head.” And he did often and with pleasure. While in the private sector working for Procter and Gamble and later when I had my own Consulting Business, I developed a habit of asking the same question when I interviewed someone for a job. Typically, about two-thirds of the way through the allotted time, I ask a candidate if he or she has a hero.
The specific answers have never mattered as much the humanity expressed through the answer. If you have a hero, I am willing to bet you have a strong connection to that person. The non-traditional interview question seeks to understand the humanity and passion of the candidate. It also clearly signals that I’m not interested in hiring just a set of skills or a resume, I need to hire a person with a real beating heart, who has lived and thought about life.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
Diligently working for all the residents of this county, from the farmers in the north of the county to the commuters in the south of the county. Safeguarding the children and our educators in our education system. Ensuring that the taxes we all pay are spent judiciously.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
Future Revenue, we know from historical data what the projected revenue will be moving forward. We know what our last years budgets were. All counties face the same economic problem, which is the problem of how to make the best use of resources. The economic problem exists because, although the needs and wants of people are many, the resources available to satisfy needs and wants are limited. Governments must choose how best to use taxpayer’s money. All economic decisions involve making choices. Making an economic choice creates a sacrifice because alternatives must be given up, which results in the loss of benefit that the alternative would have provided.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I believe that Queen Annes county could implement a 4 cent tax reduction starting in the next fiscal year, 1 cent each for the next four years. By taking this approach reduced spending will automatically fall into line.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
I am not in favor of a tax cap, due to the potential impact on schools, public safety, Infrastructure. I believe that reducing taxes incrementally will achieve better results.
What is your position on land use issues?
I believe that we currently have the correct methods in place to handle most land use issues, either through urban planning, redevelopment, restriction, reclamation and tort laws to cover the majority of land use issues.
What is your position on public safety?
As a retired Marine who wore a uniform in defense of this country for over 20 years public safety is my greatest concern. There are over 511 square miles in Queen Annes County, over 700 miles of primary and secondary roads, and over 258 miles of shoreline. Current population is approaching 49 thousand with a projected 2020 population of 55 thousand. There are 5 police agencies, State Police with 40 troopers, covering both Queen Annes and Kent county, QA Sheriffs Office with 60 officers, DNR with 5 officers, CPD with 12 officers, Bay Bridge Police with 12 officers. On any given hour there will be approximately 2 state police officers, 4 County police officers, 2 DNR officers, 2 Bay Bridge officers, and 2 CPD officers that is approximately 12 officers to cover 511 square miles and 700 miles of highways and secondary roads and 258 miles of shore line. A totally inadequate number for public safety.