Candidate Survey: Norma Secoura for Delegate, District 8
Office Sought and District
House of Delegates District 8
Loyola College of Maryland, Economics. Goucher College, Historic Preservation.
Baltimore County Public Schools: Oakleigh Elementary, Hereford High School.
2018, Republican Candidate Maryland House of Delegates, District 8.
2014, Republican Nominee Maryland House of Delegates, District 8.
10+ years Baltimore County Republican Central Committee Council District 6
Transportation Legislative Liaison Baltimore Metro Area, MTA-MDOT
Why are you running for office?
Because I care. Life-long Republican. My roots are deep in Baltimore. Born and raised here. To be in the House of Delegates is a natural progression of my education, my work, my life experience.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
The trifecta of conservative people: Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher. Pope John Paul II. These people were role models in conservative politics, and to have the freedom, and the responsibility, to do what is right, well lived.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Author: William F. Buckley writings, from a Catholic perspective, National Review Magazine. And for a guide to conservative principles of Political Economy, Milton Friedman, with his wife Rose Friedman, “Free to Choose” book & Ten-part series on public TV (1980).
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Revitalizing the business climate in Maryland. The long-term stability of our neighborhoods. Good government. Quality of life for people of all ages.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Economic revitalization of the business districts and our neighborhoods.
Transportation and utilities systems are essential to economic prosperity.
Repair, upgrade road and bridge infrastructure and the underlying utilities.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Quality of life. Cost of health care, especially at the individual and small business level. Transportation and utilities infrastructure repairs and upgrades.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
Pro-Life. Against euthanasia. Endorsed by Maryland Right to Life (2014).
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Frugal and sensible when it comes to finances.
What is your position on gun rights?
Pro-2nd Amendment. National Rifle Association (NRA) rating of A-Q (2014).
What is your position on education?
Audit expenditures. Prioritize funding to the classroom. Re-evaluate how the schools are structured to educate students. Need vocational trades & life skills training for all students to be prepared for adulthood. Size of school matters, smaller is better to manage. Options, including charter schools & vouchers.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
Yes, legalize it. Tax and regulate it, similar to best methods used in other states.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
Agree with 3-tier system. Beer and wine and liquor should continued to be sold through wholesalers, to the liquor stores. Against the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores. For expanded beer sold at breweries. For expanded wine sold at vineyards.
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. The main focus of session is being in Annapolis, making decisions and voting on legislation that affects portions of, or all of the state of Maryland. It is important for members of the General Assembly to be close by, and accessible to the public who come to Annapolis, whether in the state house, the committee rooms, or in the member’s own office in Annapolis during the 90-day session.
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?
Politics, running for office, being in the public eye is tough. I am a lady. Expect other people to behave honorably. Politics in Maryland is still too much a “boy’s club”. Electing more women in the House of Delegates and State Senate will help.