Candidate Survey: Michael Peroutka for Anne Arundel County Council, District 5
Michael Anthony Peroutka
Office Sought and District
County Council District Five
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Loyola College (now Loyola University)
Juris Doctor from University of Baltimore School of Law
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Anne Arundel County Councilman for District 5, Anne Arundel County Republican Central Committee
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Why are you running for office?
I believe in the republican principles on which America was founded. Both our Maryland Constitution and the U.S. Constitution are designed to protect individual God-given rights. I examine all legislation that comes before me through this lens. I am running for re-election because I believe that this is a worthy and necessary duty.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
I have always admired Patrick Henry of Virginia. A fierce defender of personal liberty, Patrick Henry had a wholesome fear of consolidated government power. He is largely remembered for his “Liberty or Death” speech in St. John’s Church in Richmond, but he also was an articulate Anti-Federalist whose opinions about the shortcomings of the proposed Constitution turned out to be largely correct.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
After the Book of Proverbs, my favorite book about politics and political wisdom right now is “Restoring America One County at a Time”, by Joel McDurmon. The subtitle of this work is “How Our Freedom Was Lost and How We Get It Back.” Mr. McDurmon describes the various problem areas in the culture, details how America has drifted from its original plan, and presents practical, palpable suggestions for achievable local efforts.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
I support limited, less-expensive, less-burdensome government. I will defend the right to life, the right to self defense and I will not vote to raise taxes.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
Anne Arundel County is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. Most of our employment is from small businesses. Although we are a large county, we are still very much a small county when it comes to values and neighborly communities.
However, due to our proximity to Baltimore City and Washington D.C., “big city” challenges are encroaching on our communities. I believe opioids and gangs are pressing challenges. I think State’s Attorney Wes Adams is absolutely the right person for the job and I fully support the County’s “safe stations” program which is now a national leader. We are cutting overdose incidences and we are locking up gang members. We must continue to rid our communities of drugs and gangs.
I also believe in the sanctity of life. I believe that every life (including pre-born children), is sacred and deserves to be treated with human dignity.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I have not and will not vote for a tax increase of any kind. I believe the county has sufficient revenue to provide excellent services.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
I believe it to be an appropriate limitation.
What is your position on land use issues?
Development should be in harmony with surrounding communities. Growth issues should be decided by and for the local community, not by federal (top-down) social engineering programs.
What is your position on public safety?
I have, and I will support efforts to combat violent criminal gangs. I have, and I will support programs for rehabilitating opioid users and for tougher prosecution of drug dealers.
I am concerned that the State of Maryland and the City of Annapolis continue to advertise that we are a sanctuary state and city because we are putting out the welcome mat for violent international drug cartels like MS-13. I have, and I will oppose all efforts to make Anne Arundel County a sanctuary county for illegal immigrants.
Article IV of the U.S. Constitution places an affirmative duty on the federal government to protect the States from invasion. The MS-13 gang problem is an example of why it is in our local interest to cooperate with the federal government in discharging that duty.