Candidate Survey: Steve Schuh for Anne Arundel County Executive
Office Sought and District
Anne Arundel County Executive
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Dartmouth College, a MBA from Harvard University, and a Masters of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University.
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I am a small business owner in Anne Arundel County, former financial services professional and State Delegate, and have served as Anne Arundel County Executive since 2014.
Current Anne Arundel County Executive. Former Maryland State Delegate (2007 – 2014)
Why are you running for office?
Three years ago, I pledged to do everything I could to help the County achieve its full potential and to become the best place to live, work and start a business in Maryland. This goal was – and is – ambitious, and I seek re-election to continue the work we have started. My Administration has focused its efforts in five areas: reducing taxes and fees, strengthening education, enhancing public safety, reforming county government and improving the overall quality of life in the County. We have made solid progress and there is still more to be done.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
I believe President Reagan’s message of limited government and personal responsibility is even more important today than it was in the 1980s.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand.
The Road to Serfdom – Friedrich von Hayek
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
Helping Anne Arundel County achieve its immense potential.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
The two biggest challenges for the next administration will be combatting the opioid crisis and managing the General Development Plan.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I believe government at all levels is overly intrusive and costs too much. In the past three years our Administration has instituted the largest tax cut and the largest fee cut in County history, reduced or eliminated seven taxes, and enacted cumulatively more than $67 million in tax and fee relief.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
I support the County’s property tax revenue cap. I believe government at all levels costs too much. By better managing the money we have and making County government more efficient, we can improve County services without raising taxes and placing additional financial burdens on working families.
What is your position on land use issues?
Managing our lands is one of County Government’s most important duties. We intend to manage the decennial general development planning process by employing smart growth strategies that guide development to areas with adequate infrastructure and by protecting our rural lands.
What is your position on public safety?
Public Safety is a critical function of County Government and has been a major focus of my first term. In the past three years, our Administration has launched the largest public safety infrastructure program in County history with the construction of a new police academy and a new central booking facility, purchase of 550 new police vehicles, development of four new fire stations and purchase of 10 new fire suppression vehicles. In addition, we have also increased police and fire pay by 10% over three years and have added 80 new public safety positions to combat heroin and gangs. We have also launched a major crack down on MS-13 and proposed a $15 million school safety initiative.