Candidate Survey: Maureen Carr-York for Anne Arundel County Orphan’s Court
Office Sought and District
Judge of the Orphans’ Court
BSN Catholic University of America, 1975
JD Georgetown University Law Center 1981
Attorney, Registered Nurse, volunteer, former member of AA Board of Education, devoted wife and mother
I was a candidate for County Council District 5 in 2010 and 2014.
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Why are you running for office?
I have been serving as a Judge of the Orphans’ Court since early 2016, when I was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to fill the unexpired term of a retiring Judge. I am called to serve my community and this work on the Orphans’ Court enables me to fully use my education and experience to help individuals and families dealing with the loss of loved ones and the inevitable difficulties of administering estates.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Judges are, due to the constraints of judicial ethics, limited in what we can say of a “political” nature. I think it is safe to say, however, that my role model is probably the Honorable Marjorie Holt, who was devoted to the study and practice of law, to her family, and to public service as Clerk of the Court and as a Member of Congress. She didn’t try to do it all at once, and when I met her as a young lawyer working for a major Baltimore firm, when she joined the firm after retiring from Congress, she encouraged me to never hesitate to put family first and to sequentially serve in different settings as the needs of family and career may dictate. When I met her again 20 years later and embarked on my first political race, she was unfailingly encouraging, supportive, and a source of great advice. I’d say more, but that would get “political.”
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
As stated above, Judges are, due to the constraints of judicial ethics, limited in what we can say of a “political” nature. I can’t figure out a way to answer this question without crossing that line!
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
My top priority will be to continue to provide careful, thorough review and action on cases brought before the court, and to use the skills of my nursing background in listening to individuals and understanding their personal and family needs as well as my legal education and experience in reaching the correct decisions in each case.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
This is the inevitable clash between what our citizens need and seek in government services and what government can reasonably do to address those needs. To say more crosses the political “line” for a judge.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Again, this is a political discussion and I must decline to speak publicly on this point, as much as I enjoy the discussion!
What is your position on a county tax cap?
Again, I must leave this question alone.
What is your position on land use issues?
Again, I am prohibited from answering this question.
What is your position on public safety?
This leads into political discussion. As much as I would enjoy it I have to leave this unanswered.