Candidate Survey: Ron Bateman for Anne Arundel County Sheriff
Sheriff Ron Bateman
Office Sought and District
Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice/Graduate of FBI National Academy
Sheriff/Retired Capt from AACo Police Dept.
Elected for 3 Terms as Sheriff of Anne Arundel County
Why are you running for office?
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
President Ronald Reagan is my role model because of his willingness and courage to step away from being a democrat and move to the party that better fit his stances, that being a republican. This political move on his part motivated me to do the same 3 years ago, because it better suited my needs and position on major issues like the death penalty and the 2nd Amendment. I admired Presidents Reagan’s approach when talking to people and not being afraid to be different or take action when it was the right thing to do for the good of the country. I too believe sometimes you need to be willing to stand alone if it’s for the good of the citizens of Anne Arundel County. Like President Reagan, I too am a conservative republican who has never overspent my county allotted budget since serving as Sheriff for 12 years.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. In short, this novel highlights the fact when Lincoln was selected over his 3 privileged and accomplished rivals in the 1860 Republican National Convention because he “possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.” From someone who has constantly been referred to as the “People’s Sheriff”, I can relate all too well with this leadership approach. I am an average person who has lived in the county my entire life (56 years) who attended public schools and worked hard for a living since the age of 12 years old, and have been a victim of crime more than once. Because of this I can relate to the average person, have a real sense of what is needed and always listen to the people, regardless of how much money they have or what they do for a living. To me, the guy on the back of the trash truck is just as important as the doctor whose seeing my granddaughter at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center. One is helping our community stay clean and the other is helping us stay healthy, both vital to our society.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
To work with the State to see my latest idea launched in July 2018 where upon defendants charged with a crime will receive notifications via text messaging reminding them of their upcoming court date/time/location in a major effort to reduce the number of Failure To Appear Warrants, which account for over 70% of all county warrants. This idea of mine is planned to first be piloted in our county, then based upon is success it will be made into a state-wide procedure. This innovative effort has been said by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention to be something that will “change the face of our criminal justice system.”
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
Opiate usage and the crimes that exist as a result of these addictions. My office is an key component in the County’s Opiate Task Force, not to mention I have taken steps to prioritize any/all Opiate related arrest warrants for service my devoted deputies.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Taxes should be kept at an all time low so the average person can maintain a good quality of life and not have to work to fund the government. My philosophy is that everyone in government should treat their budget like they manage their own finances. In other words, you should be responsible and NEVER overspend your money. If the item you wish to purchase is $100 and you only have $75 you simply do not purchase the item. That is how I have treated the Sheriff’s Office budget and that is why I have never exceeded my budget in 12 years.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
It is a great tool to keep some type of controls of the taxing rate for those who believe that taxing/spending is how to run government, which I oppose.
What is your position on land use issues?
I am all for preserving land where ever possible, be in for parks, extending the B&A trail or for hunting.
What is your position on public safety?
As my chosen profession since the age of 18 (38 years continuously) I love to serve in this profession. As a 23 year veteran with the Anne Arundel County Police (retired Captain), Chief Deputy under the former Sheriff and now the Sheriff for the past 12 years, public safety service is one of the most notable professions. In order for public safety to be successful the public must be involved as a partner with a vested interest along with the Sheriff’s Office, the Police Department, the Fire Department and our educational system. Operating in tandem, all components mentioned must work together to protect our communities, educate our children, and work as a team to seek out and apprehend those who choose to commit crimes, pray on our children and seniors, and disrupt the quality of life to all law abiding citizens.