Candidate Survey: Michael Lee for Baltimore County Council, District 2
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Baltimore County Council District 2
University of Pennsylvania, 1994 BS Electrical Engineering.
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Why are you running for office?
I want to make Baltimore County the most desirable county to live for residents and to transact business in the State of Maryland.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Larry Hogan, because I think he navigates a politically charged environment with common sense solutions. Governing is partly about ideology, but for me it’s more important that the needs of the people at that moment in time are served as long as it matches their long term goals.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Without being obtuse, one of the most influential books for me is a business book called Good to Great by Jim Collins, because I think it’s important that we think in terms of what will make us great, analyzing both the return on our investments but also the opportunity cost. This helps us make efficient goals and actions.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
Making Baltimore County the best county to live and work in MD.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I believe in fiscal prudence and working within a budget. If efficiencies can be created excess should be returned to residents and businesses.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
I generally agree with a firm cap on any number, but would obviously work to lower that cap number.
What is your position on land use issues?
I believe land should be conserved and safe for our children and ourselves. I’m unsure if this question is about rural lands or housing development.
What is your position on public safety?
I believe it’s a key matter for Baltimore County and we need to dedicate more technological resources to monitor and enforce. Additionally office and safety personnel training should be continually upgraded.