Candidate Survey: Stacie MacDonald for Delegate, District 33
Office Sought and District
Maryland State Delegate, District 33
Harvard-Westlake, University of Michigan, Loyola Law School
Business owner/Attorney/Legis Counsel
Never been a Politician, but experience as a Legislative Counsel
Social Media Accounts
Facebook: Stacie MacDonald for Delegate
Why are you running for office?
I am not a career politician. I am running a self funded campaign because I believe in being independent in my decision making and put the interested of the citizens first. I believe that we need a fresh point of view in District 33. Some who are currently in office have been there too long, while others are just using the Delegate position to bide their time before they run for higher office. I support term limits and until we can ass that law believe that the only way to make a difference is to get involved and run for office.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Governor Hogan. He too was a business person who decided he could best make a difference by running for office. Like him, I have been subjected to unreasonable government regulation and excessive taxation. Like him, I put the citizens first and politics second.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Working with Governor Hogan – on what I hope will be a more conservative agenda this term, such as: cutting red tape, cutting taxes and cutting regulations. I would like to restore the rights of law abiding citizens and to hopefully introduce a more conservative agenda.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
My District’s biggest problem is over development, congestion, traffic and crowding. This results in schools and roads that are beyond their intended capacities.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
1. Our image as a state that is unfriendly to business. We overly regulate existing business and our corporate rate exceeds those of our neighboring jurisdictions. Maryland has excessive restrictions that are a threat to existing businesses and a deterrent to new business.
2. A state that has high income taxes and one who does not give a break to those who are on a pension, military or on inheritance tax. While Federal taxes are being cut, existing Maryland tax laws may actually increase state taxes. This needs to be stopped. As a result, many people, particularly retirees are leaving Maryland.
3. Drug epidemic. We need to have greater prevention programs at younger ages, make Big Pharma pay for the mess they created and have stricter criminal penalties.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Our taxes are too high – across the board. We need real and drastic tax reform. While a high percentage of our state’s budget is mandated I do believe that by decreasing the size – and scope – of some agencies we can control the growth of government. As for spending, we must make it a goal to cut government spending by 1% across the board. We need a period of low to no growth in government to help get spending under control.
What is your position on gun rights?
I will support legislation making Maryland a “Shall Issue” state. I think the current trend towards limiting the rights of lawful citizens should be stopped. I strongly support our 2nd Amendment rights.
What is your position on education?
I want to empower parents to have a greater role – and influence – on their children’s education. I also support school choice and vouchers. I am also a supporter of text book relief for parents and believe that private school tuition and home schooling expenses should be tax deductible. Teachers deserve raises as well.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I am opposed.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
This system is anachronistic and needs to be revisited, reviewed and reformed. It is a hindrance to the budding craft brewery industry and gives an unfair advantage to big business and is detrimental to the entrepreneur.
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 will not accept the lodging per day (because I live so close) Who else gets a free lunch that comes as a job perk? Legislators should not either!
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?
We need to hold these legislators responsible. Their names need to be made public and any settlements or other financial burdens that result in a guilty filing should be paid for by the offending legislator.