Candidate Survey: William Folden for Delegate, District 3B
William G. Folden
Office Sought and District
House of Delegates District 3b
AA- FCC; Northwestern University School of Police Staff & Command
Police Officer (Frederick Police)
Current State Delegate District 3b (Delegation Chairman)
Why are you running for office?
Stop wasteful spending, taxation and over-regulation. Continue to champion for highway improvements to I-270 from I-70 to Clarksburg.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
I-270 improvements and widening.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Traffic/congestion & opioids.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
Opioids, traffic (2nd worst in our country) & getting Governor Hogan re-elected!!
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I’ve votes in favor of every tax reduction measure. Don’t spend it if we don’t have it! I’m very disappointed that the Dems in MD chose to take nearly all of the $555M “windfall” from federal tax reforms and spend it on mandated spending measures instead of returning the money to the tax payer, which is what they promised to do!
What is your position on gun rights?
Support the 2A.
What is your position on education?
We need better oversight with school funding and spending alignments by school boards. There is significant spending differences per student across the state which need to be addressed.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
The State of Maryland, Frederick County in particular, have experienced a thriving craft brewing industry. If facilitating and streamlining processes to allow for these brewers to grow requires us to revisit the 3-tiered system, then so be it. It was made in response to Prohibition and could use a fresh look.
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 currently drive back and forth 80 miles each day, except for Mondays, as we have evening Session. I want to clarify the question though…. Legislators are allowed up to $101 daily for lodging, but they DO NOT receive these monies directly, as it is paid from DLS to the servicer. So yes, I accept my reimbursements for food and travel.
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?
I am all about open government and transparency. I would limit “alone time” with legislators and female lobbyists. Have their meetings in an open forum or with staff present. Also, this is another reason I drive back and forth daily, I do not drink alcoholic beverages and therefore limit exposure to the potential for these types of incidents.