Candidate Survey: Jared Wineberg for Delegate, District 8
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District 8 State Delegate
Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering
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Why are you running for office?
To help create a state government to be proud of – I have the skills and determination to make government better without spending more money.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Delegate Christian Miele, Mitt Romney, George Washington – they all exhibit meekness, resolve, love, convictions, and compassion.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
The Bible, Bill Bennett’s U.S. History, David McCullough’s 1776 and John Adams, Kilmeade’s Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, Metaxas’s Bonhoeffer – mostly history books because there is more to learn from history than current people’s opinions.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Transparency, fair redistricting, improving schools (both safety and educational improvement), and helping law enforcement become more effective
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Crime and School over-crowding and under-serving
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Unfair and unconstitutional legislative and congressional districting, over-taxing, and government corruption
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I’m pro-life and feel it is the highest travesty we are currently allowing as a society.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Taxing should never be taken lightly and must be seen as a last resort. The destination of every dollar needs to be transparent. I am an engineer and manager – I can only ask for more money and more time as a last resort. It is my job to make things better with the limited resources I have, and if I save money that’s more profitable for my company. State governments should be becoming more efficient and asking for less money/giving tax rebates more often. Since that doesn’t happen, are the people in charge actually good stewards of our money?
What is your position on gun rights?
Focus on removing guns from criminals more than law abiding citizens. Everyone has the right to bear arms until they forfeit that right, but it must be extremely clear what actions take that right away. Mental Illnesses must be given a higher priority.
What is your position on education?
Education (and safety) are the two most important actions the state government should provide. Teacher’s are the professionals and must be allowed to teach. Currently there is too much testing and too much administrative interference which hurts the teachers and, thus, the students. Teacher’s Unions must prioritize the education and improvement of students over protecting bad teachers.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I believe marijuana harms adolescence development and focus. I’m against the legalization of it, but wouldn’t stand against legalizing it for individuals who choose not to advance their education.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
The free market must be allowed to work. Government interference that is not for the protection of its citizens must not be allowed.
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 would accept the amount I used and not every day for the entire session. I plan on commuting as much as possible and eating with my family as often as possible, but if I need to stay the night I will use it – I will not make money off of the per diems, but use them to make sure I’m not losing money by serving my constituents.
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?
Political transparency is a must. Depravity like we have seen recently thrives in the dark, but by opening the doors, allowing reporters more access, and stronger rules of conduct must be defined. I plan on never meeting with the opposite sex one-on-one behind close doors – there is no good to come from secret sessions for a job that is meant to represent every person in the district.