Candidate Survey: Michael Blue for Frederick County Council, District 5
Office Sought and District
County Council District 5
F.H.S Class of 1978, F.C.C. class of 1980, Shepherd College 1981-1982.
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Why are you running for office?
I would like to bring a conservative voice to the County Council. A voice that respects opposing opinions and works together through amicable dialogue to find whats best for the citizens of Frederick County. Our County government functions best when all citizens views are represented regardless of political party affiliation.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
I always liked Governor Mike Huckabee. I respect his Christian values and influences when it came to his political career.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
One of my top priorities if elected is to represent and fight for the citizens of my District 5 as well as the entire Frederick County. Listen and learn from differing views to do the hard work of governing our county.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
One of the biggest issues facing our county is the Livable Frederick Comp. Plan. This proposed plan could change Frederick County as we know it. Taxes, land use, private property rights and new roads(where did the North to South bypass go ?)will all be potentially affected by this vague new Comp. Plan.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Taxes and the spending of them are inevitable. How your government spends it’s citizens hard earned tax dollars, reflect the values and priorities held by your local leaders. I will try to use a more private sector approach to a public sector position. Smarter spending and proper planning are essential perspectives when developing budgets.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
The county tax cap of 5% is useful in planning and formulating effective budgets. Frederick County citizens also benefit from more consistent assessed property values.
What is your position on land use issues?
Private property rights need to be protected here in Frederick County. The Monocacy Scenic River Plan and Livable Frederick Comp. Plan seem to create more potential private property rights abuses then protections.Commercial and residential land use development needs the proper planning in place to insure our county has sufficient schools, roads, law enforcement, fire/rescue, and EMS services; along with other critical services and infrastructures.
What is your position on public safety?
The quality of life we enjoy in Frederick Count is directly related to safety and well-being of its citizens.The Sherrif’s Office, Fire/Rescue,EMS Services,911 and Emergency Services divisions need sufficient funding to adequately staff and train personnel to provide for our public safety.I will not support anywhere in Frederick County becoming a sanctuary haven for persons in our country illegally.I support the Sheriff’s Office participation in the ICE 287g program to provide additional protections for the citizens of Frederick County.