Candidate Survey: Michael Smigiel, Jr. for Delegate, District 36
Michael D. Smigiel Jr.
Office Sought and District
Masters Degree from JHU / MICA
I’ve been around local and state politics my entire life and have met and interviewed politicians all over the state through my position being a news cameraman and interviewer. And as a filmmaker I have touched on questions of public policy through my films.
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Why are you running for office?
I love Maryland and have always lived here. I want to make the Eastern shore a place where young adults can get out of college and still make a living here. I don’t think you should have to move away to get the job you want. I also hear constantly that young people need to get more involved, and so I am doing my part to get involved in state politics. We also need to keep the traditional industries of waterman and farmers safe, and I will do my part to do so. I want to protect the unique heritage, culture, and history of the eastern shore.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Trying not to run on your father’s name is quite difficult when you have your father’s name. I grew up around Maryland politics and I watched my father be a state delegate for 12 years. I saw the amount of pride he had in his position and how he was able to help people. We couldn’t even go grocery shopping without running into people thanking him for things he had done in the legislature. I want to help people too. I also like that Donald Trump has come out and shaken up the political systems by saying it how it is and doesn’t cater to political correctness.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
The Art of War by Sun Tzu. I wrote a paper on this book in college. While technically about military tactics, the ideas can be applied to all aspects of life.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Keeping my oath to uphold and protect the Constitution, and all of the amendments.. Including the 2nd.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Heroin, It is destroying families and futures, decreasing productivity and increasing crime.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
1: Loss of individual freedoms – such as our 2nd amendment rights, religious freedoms, and economic freedoms.
2: Liberal control – Gerrymandered districts and overly taxed citizens
3: Interference of government in our education system… not allowing teachers to teach, and prohibiting alternative forma of eduction to be explored.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
Abortion: is murder, I am Pro-Life.
Assisted Suicide: Adults should be allowed to make an intelligent decision to quality of life vs. longevity. That’s a decision that should be between the doctor, the patient, and their God.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Taxes are too high on the individual and businesses, and their are too many. Government should do less, and then it would need to take less. As for spending, it should be for those necessary government functions, leaving more to the individual and the businesses to spend as they choose.
What is your position on gun rights?
“shall not be infringed” The constitutional rights are not negotiable and under no circumstances should politics be put ahead of principle. I pledge I will support the 2nd amendment against any and all infringements or efforts to infringe upon it. It’s inexcusable to not uphold your oath to preserve all constitutional protections including the 2nd amendment.
What is your position on education?
Government should allow teachers to teach. As a professor myself I see that students get a lot more out of lessons when I am able to teach the material the way that I personally feel it should be taught. I am for making as many educational opportunities available as possible including charter schools, vouchers, and home schooling. And exploring additional non traditional education opportunities.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I believe that currently there is a bill to place it on the ballot for the citizens of Maryland to choose, and I believe this is the best way to determine what the feelings of the citizens of Maryland are with respect to legalization.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
Maryland has developed a unique system that appears to work. Should there be another system proposed which would promote competition and increase public choice and availability, I would be open to evaluate that proposal.
Legislators can receive $101 per day for lodging and $47 per day for meals during the 90-day General Assembly session. If elected, do you plan to accept these benefits? Why or why not?
Yes I would because I will be traveling 70 miles there and back from Cecil County, and Annapolis is an expensive place to live and eat, and I would most likely be taking a pay cut to take the job.
There is a culture of depravity and sexual harassment prevalent in the Maryland General Assembly. As a legislator, how will you work to end this culture of depravity and to ensure that those who commit these acts are removed from the General Assembly?
To the extent that the question is correct in its assumption that such depravity exists, then there should be an ethical and moral code of conduct that applies to everyone equally and appropriate punishments for violations. The best solution for such behavior is bringing the issues to public disclosure so both victims and victimizers know such behavior will not be tolerated.