Candidate Survey: Joseph Boteler for Delegate, District 8
Joseph C Boteler III
Office Sought and District
House of Delegates 8th District
Three Years College
Owner Print Solutions
Former MD State Delegate 8th District / Baltimore County Chairman Trump Campaign/ Worked on Ellen Sauerbrey’s Campaign for Government / Former President of the Young Republicans
Why are you running for office?
I am very concerned about the future of our State and Country. We must elect individuals that will stand on free market principles and pro family values. They should be willing to stand and fight even when nobody else will. As a legislator, you are called on to make tough decisions that will effect the lives of our citizens many times in either a negative or positive way. It is important that you not comprise your values and sell out just so you can get your bills passed or a pot of money for your district. I was ranked 4th most business friendly (twice received John Shaw Award) and the 4th most conservative delegate in the House. Consistently voted against tax increases and growing government.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
George Washington demonstrated great leadership and discipline in both war and peace. When given the opportunity to become a king he turned it down and retired to his home estate. He realized that there is a time when service to the country required personnel sacrifice and knew when that time expired. Washington established the precedent for the peaceful transfer of power. In his Farewell Speech to the nation, he wrote “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports.” Calling these the “great Pillars of human happiness,” Washington makes the case for political as well as pious attention to them. He concluded that the way to foster religion and morality is through education. The first positive command or prescription of the Address states: “Promote then as an object of primary importance, Institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge.” Washington anticipated no conflict between religion, morality, and enlightenment.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
The Law by Frederick Bastiat, was originally published in June 1850 as a pamphlet. The truths contained in this book are eternal and relevant for today. Bastiat was a French economist, statesman, and author. Most of his writings occurred during and immediately following the French Revolution of 1848. This was a time when France rapidly was turning to socialism, similar to what we are seeing in this country today. The Law explains each of the socialist fallacies and how they eventually degenerate into communism. It gives us a blueprint about governing and a clear explanation of what is the purpose of law (good law vs bad law), and an understanding of the consequences of Legal Plunder.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
My top priority is to kill bad legislation. Protect our families from the progressives who want to turn Maryland into a Sanctuary State built
around a socialist economy.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
First the overcrowding in our schools. Second the infrastructure.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Crime in Baltimore City, Education, and Infrastructure.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I’m pro-life and opposed to assisted suicide. In a free society the individual has a right to their life. Without this right there is no liberty nor ownership of property as stated in the Declaration of Independence. This is a God given right and the state has no authority to decide who lives and who dies based on the age of a human being .
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Taxes and spending are out of control and the result is a growing and burdensome bureaucracy. I oppose increases in taxes and believe we must limit spending by flat lining the state budget to allow revenue to catch up to spending. I signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge not to just vote against tax increases but to fight all efforts to increases taxes.
What is your position on gun rights?
We are a free people and are entitled to the right to bear arms by a Creator God not by government.The government does not have the authority to take our guns!
The failure in most cases involving guns lies with the very government who says we don’t need guns because they will protect us. What we constantly see is their failure to actually live up to their promises and enforce the laws currently on the books. I support the right to carry. There is no reason why the state should punish law abiding citizens when they did nothing wrong. Member of NRA.
What is your position on education?
MD schools are among the best in the country. What is needed is less bureaucracy, more local control and better partnership with parents. Allow teachers to teach instead of teaching to tests. Encourage all forms of educations (public, private, online, and homeschooling.) Enhance vocational and trade skills training. Make public schools competitive allowing parents a voucher to use.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I do not support legalization of recreational marijuana. Recreational use can lead to the use of heroin and opioid painkillers as has been the case in Colorado . My concern is you will have people driving cars, operating machinery etc. and this could cause severe harm to those around them. Personally, I have seen the results of recreational marijuana use in my family. I have no problem with it’s use for medical reasons.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
I believe in a market based approach and would support a gradual relaxing some of the laws that allow new Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries that are opening to thrive in Maryland.
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?
The legislature is in session for 90 days. During this time you work very long hours in order to complete the work of the House and serve the constituents and taxpayers whom you represent. Often in the evening you get the opportunity to know your fellow lawmakers, to discuss the issues and develop strategies on how to defeat bad legislation or ensure the passage of good legislation. Plus it allows you time to meet people from various industries that are effected by legislation before your committee and learn their concerns . This is just as important as you daily committee work in order to be effective. Because of this I would stay in Annapolis.
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 believe it is very important for legislators to stand up against corruption and any type of discrimination or sexual harassment.Those found guilty of violating standards should be removed from their seats immediately. I would support making the system easier for someone to report their concerns that arise with the assurance that their concerns be taken seriously and resolved.