Candidate Survey: Stephanie Boston for State Senate, District 10
Office Sought and District
State Senate District 10
BS Elementary Education (Miami University, OH)
MS Educational Leadership (College of Notre Dame, Maryland)
ABD (All But Dissertation) Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction (University of Phoenix)
Educator (27 yrs)
Volunteer- (Constituent Services) Senator C. Anthony Muse, District 26
President- Timonium Optimist Club
Why are you running for office?
Our quality of life is changing rapidly. And if we don’t do anything about it now, life will be permanently altered by problems that we did not address. We need stronger representation, stronger advocates for the entire district in Annapolis. I have worked over 25 years in education and have committed to building bonds and creating solutions. I am determined to make sure that the real needs of District 10 are finally met.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Senator C. Anthony Muse (District 26) He is truly a servant leader- not only for his constituents but anyone that contacts him.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Economy (jobs), rise in crime in the district
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Quality of life and jobs
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Crime, Education, and Economy
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Balance budget without raising taxes, cutting services, or raiding special funds.
What is your position on gun rights?
I support the 2nd amendment.
What is your position on education?
Remodeling, rebuilding and/or updating our schools are an important issue however, the quality of educational programs are must in order to prepare our children for 21st century workforce.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I would support the legalization marijuana only if the revenue from taxes can be ‘locked’ or used for educational funding or transportation.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
The bottom line is the cost to consumers. This system definitely needs to be addressed due to the increase with online sales and unequal pricing.
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 can’t answer this question because I do not have enough information to determine what I would do.
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 first step in addressing this culture is to acknowledge the gravity of the problem. Overcoming a culture that has been considered the ‘norm’ requires education, community engagement and dialogue, leadership and, laws and policies which reflect – and promote – the principle of non-discrimination.
As a political and community leader I will play a vital role in speaking out against this culture.