Candidate Survey: Laura Bogley-Knickman for Queen Anne’s County Commissioner, District 3
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County Commissioner District 3
Juris Doctorate – University of Baltimore School of Law,
BA Political Science – The Catholic University of America
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A lifelong Republican since 1988, I have volunteered and managed issues for several Congressional campaigns, including as Regional Volunteer Coordinator for the Upper Eastern Shore for Kathy Szeliga (R) 2016, Catholics for Bongino Director for Dan Bongino (R) 2014, and as policy analyst for Bob Duckworth (R) 2004. In 2016 I had the privilege to serve as county co-coordinator for the Donald J. Trump for President campaign. Since 2007 I have provided grassroots support for numerous local Republican campaigns in Queen Anne’s County.
After serving the local party for two years as an officer of the Queen Anne’s County Republican Club and member of Chesapeake Republican Women, I was appointed to the Queen Anne’s County Republican Central Committee in the second half of 2014. I was successfully elected to the post in Fall of 2014. My purpose in serving is to help make the local party more inclusive and transparent.
I currently serve as an officer of the Republican Central Committee and lend my political and communications expertise to promote qualified Republican candidates and to develop winning campaigns, including the 2016 effort to defeat Question A – Voting by District, which sought to redistribute votes to undermine the majority Republican vote for County Commissioner.
In 2016 I had the honor of receiving a Governor’s Citation from Governor Larry Hogan, for my efforts to reunifying Republicans on the Upper Shore by developing a transparent regional by-law process for filling state legislative vacancies. I am a current member of Women For Hogan to re-elect Hogan in 2020.
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Why are you running for office?
I am running for County Commissioner because Queen Anne’s County is the best place in Maryland to live, work and play. I am the most qualified person to represent the interests of our citizens and to promote a bright future for Queen Anne’s County.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
My political role model is Ellen R. Sauerbrey who has risen to the top of her ranks in government demonstrating equal parts of strength and grace. Ellen was the first woman to hold the position of House Minority Leader in the Maryland General Assembly. Ellen has consistently held to her conservative beliefs and continues to educate the public on important matters of policy.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
My favorite book on politics is Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America”, because it reads as a forecast of American democracy and diagnoses potential ailments and remedies.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
My top priority as County Commissioner will be to provide quality public services to citizens without raising taxes to keep the county solvent.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
The biggest issue facing Queen Anne’s County is a lack of diversity in our tax base coupled with only moderate population and income growth. Spending and debt cannot be permitted to outpace revenue growth.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Queen Anne’s County must operate efficiently and spend within its means to provide essential public services. Greater transparency should help discourage the use of county funds as a bargaining chip by politicians. I will not support an increase in taxes and will work toward the goal of reducing the county income tax rate.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
I support a balanced budget and would not vote to increase taxes. I would not impose a tax cap which may lead to insolvency or a downgrade in the county credit rating which would lead to higher interest rates on debt.
What is your position on land use issues?
As a Conservative I believe in both individual property rights and personal accountability. I support a Board of County Commissioners and Planning Commission that function independently of any private interest to achieve the proper balance between individual right and public good. The government should concern itself with ensuring that the necessary infrastructure exists to support approved development.
What is your position on public safety?
Public safety is an essential government service and is fundamental to overall quality of life. I support budget increases to hire additional law enforcement and emergency services personnel and to provide them with advanced technology and equipment for the benefit of our citizens.