Candidate Survey: Rick Bowers for Delegate, District 36
Office Sought and District
House of Delegates District 36
Independent Insurance Agent
Currently Vice Chairman Queen Anne’s County Republican Central Committee
Appointed to the Maryland State Board of Plumbing by Gov. Hogan.
President of the QAC Republican Club
Policy Advisor Del. Warren Miller,
Legislative Aide Sen. Mooney,
Candidate for State House of Delegates MD District 13, Columbia, Howard Co.
Chairman Defend Maryland Marriage
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Why are you running for office?
I am running for office because I have seen the destructive effects of politicians failing to keep their oath of office and neglecting the views of the people they serve. I believe my common sense approach and dedication to justice will allow me to bring benefit to the residents of District 36. I am not running in order to define myself nor am I taking a selfish agenda with me. I am going to Annapolis to represent the residents of District 36. I will uphold my oath of office.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
My best political role model is President Ronald Reagan. He was caring, humorous, intelligent, decisive, and he knew he was not perfect. He seemed to be very comfortable with who he was and he led very naturally. He understood the difference between things he could change and things he could not. Most of his positions could be easily understood obviously based on common sense. He did not portray himself as being above those he served. He was a humble world leader serving those who elected him.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
I do not have a favorite political book, I like portions of many writings.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Reducing spending and lowering taxes, repealing regulations that hinder families and businesses from thriving in Maryland. I will also concentrate on strategies to slow the progressive agenda of the overwhelming majority party that dominates the Maryland General Assembly.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
I do not believe we have a single biggest problem. The high number of deaths due to opioids certainly is the major concern in terms of taking lives. The lack of employment opportunities for our young people is a problem. The health of our bay is an ongoing battle. Traffic continues to be an issue and the location of a third Bay Bridge span is being considered. Depending on who is asked, I think any one of these issues may come up as the most pressing.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
The extremely progressive agenda of many of the members of the majority party in the Maryland General Assembly has caused much harm over the past several decades. Regardless of the issue, the solution seems to be some type of over priced politically correct fix involving more governmental over reach. The solution is found in bipartisan common sense answers based on the constitutional needs of the people not the political agenda. Fix this issue and many issues we currently deal with will be resolved.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I do not support abortion or assisted suicide.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I believe the state budget system with built in mandatory increases simply for the sake of increase is foolish. Government has no incentive to purposely reduce itself, rather it seeks to increase its’ own power and impact on our lives. I believe expenditures must be justified and budget planning must be based on actual need rather than the fear of “use it or lose it.” None of us run our household budget or business budget based on having the ability to shake down the neighbors for more money when we run out.
What is your position on gun rights?
“Shall Not Be Infringed” says it all.
What is your position on education?
We must reintroduce vocational training to our youth starting at the high school level. Not all children need college to be successful. Unfortunately college has been improperly labeled as the best route to success in life. The reality is we have thousands of Maryland families in deep college debt and their child is either working at a job far below their education or worse yet, no degree,… just debt. Trades training is necessary to maintain the lifestyle we Americans have grown to enjoy and depend on. Men and women in the trades have very good earning potential. We must stop shaming young people if they do not want to attend college. Additionally, in many cases our universities promote a very progressive agenda and in reality become more involved in the process of indoctrination rather than education.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I have seen the benefits of medical marijuana which I opposed at first, therefore I am open to the concept. I am very interested in learning more about how full legalization has worked in other states and how it would be structured in Maryland. We must use the mistakes of other states as learning tools. Distribution must be done in such a way that children and young adults are protected and stiff penalties imposed on those who involve youth. Science has shown that young people under the age of 25 are still developing so I would consider age a factor.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
I like some parts of the current system in that the product is handled by private entities and not government agencies. I think it needs work but it offers some protections for small retailers which is always good for local business. .
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?
I may accept portions of the meal allowance as part of my compensations since it is fully taxed. I live within an hour of Annapolis therefore I will not need to secure housing for the entire session however if I have a very late evening followed by an early morning I may consider using the funds.
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?
The General Assembly is not the place for bad behavior and disrespect. I will do my best to model conduct that brings honor to the office and not reproach. I will support efforts to shed light on the culture of the General Assembly through due process.