Candidate Survey: Johnny Mautz for Delegate, District 37B
Office Sought and District
House of Delegates, Dist. 37B
B.A. and J.D.
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I manage our family’s saloon in St. Michaels
I was elected to the House of Delegates in 2014 and am running for re-election; also have worked as counsel to Henry Hyde (R-Ill), F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Howard Coble (R-NC), and Special Assistant to Gov. Ehrlich.
Why are you running for office?
I am an experienced and highly motivated conservative and am running for re-election because I am deeply concerned about our future. Certain areas in Maryland may have recovered from the recession and the O’Malley Administration but I can tell you that the working men and women on the Shore are frustrated by broken promises and big government. The Shore is my home and I want to use all of my energy, common sense, and experience to protect our heritage and future.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
A cross between Rep. Henry Hyde and Rep. Howard Coble – Rep. Hyde was the renowned statesman and Rep. Coble was a renowned public servant.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
This is a new like by me but I’ll go with: “Bet You Didn’t See That One Coming,” by Gov. Robert Ehrlich. It’s a contemporary perspective from a proven Maryland conservative and the book is very matter of fact.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
I have invested a lot of time an energy addressing last mile broadband connection needs and cellular service issues in rural areas — I helped create a Task Force to make sure there is less government and more private enterprise in this effort — this initiative just started and I plan to continue to push until we see connections occur and issues resolved.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Regulations are a huge challenge for many of our small businesses that are struggling.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
The opioid epidemic; the cost of health care insurance; and the growing number of people who are dependent on state subsidies.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am pro-life and do not support assisted suicide.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Less taxes and less government is a better run society and rather than spend more money, the government should work to return what is not absolutely necessary.
What is your position on gun rights?
Maryland has some of the most complicated gun laws in the country. While our state continues to enact more laws to regulate guns, gun violence continues to increase because these laws do not deter or address the people committing the crimes. In my view, we should focus on enforcing existing laws and address the enormous need for mental services, including beds. Also, I strongly support implementing a statewide policy to protect the due process rights for gun owners and allow individuals to petition courts to have their rights restored.
What is your position on education?
I do not support common core and strongly support dual enrollment and workforce directed curriculum for high school students eager to enter a trade after graduation. I also strongly support financial literacy as part of our curriculum. I strongly oppose removing the BPW from the school construction program — this is very bad.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I have supported medical marijuana and do not supported legalizing marijuana. I am deeply concerned that many teenagers feel that marijuana is not illegal and that it’s okay for them to use.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
Many Maryland breweries, wineries and distilleries are thriving but are also in need of regulatory relief. I have supported them in the past, especially those located in our district, and look forward to helping them find the relief that they are seeking in the future.
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 accepted both in the past but would vote to end the program if it applied to all legislators. There are days with early mornings and long nights where lodging has been very helpful.
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 feel that there needs to be an independent authority to investigate and to enforce disciplinary actions involving allegations of sexual misconduct. This would add transparency and help ensure accountability.