Candidate Survey: Ed Amatetti for Montgomery County Council, District 2
Office Sought and District
Montgomery County Council District 2
MBA Finance (University of Maryland); B.S Economics, Biology minor (Georgetown University)
Management Consultant & Education
2014 candidate for Brd of Education, Board member of Maryland Taxpayers Association and the Montgomery County Taxpayers League
Social Media Accounts
FaceBook – Ed Amatetti & Ed Amatetti 4 County Council,
Why are you running for office?
It is time for change and an end to “one-party rule” in Montgomery County. We need balance in our Council and a voice for those whose interests have been ignored for two long. Because we are not a good place to conduct business, we’ve had zero growth in our commercial tax base and a net loss of 13,000 private sector jobs since 2006. Coupled with a lack of cost controls and poor spending priorities, this has led to nine straight years of revenue shortfalls exceeding $3B and inadequate investment in transportation and schools. This is true even after record property, energy, and real estate tax increases which have made our county less affordable to live in. In addition, the data shows our county’s schools are in decline, our achievement gap is the worst in Maryland, and we are going in the wrong direction in public safety.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
George Washington. As a political leader, he understood the importance of shaping opinion and working with competing interests in order to be effective, while keeping divisions to a minimum. He always deeply understood the dangers of an arrogant and overreaching government. As a person, he embodied exactly the right kind of humility, learned from his mistakes, and throughout his life showed unyielding persistence and just the right amount of patience to overcome what seem even today to have been unsurmountable odds, both in war and getting our fledgling nation through its first critical years. I am shooting to be 1/20th as effective as he was.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Too many to name; but in my current efforts to become a county council member, it would have to be James Buchanan’s works on public choice theory, including “The Calculus of Consent” since it will help guide my actions and understand others as I navigate my responsibilities in public office. Also, Hayek’s “Road To Serfdom” and Bastiat’s “The Law.”
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
I apologize, there are two: 1) to make Montgomery County more affordable by reducing taxes, controlling costs and promoting jobs; and 2) ensuring that every parent/student has access to a high-performing education that fits their needs regardless of their zip code — through educational alternatives and school choice.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
As discussed above, Montgomery County needs to grow its economy, create jobs, and reduce taxes, so our police, fire, retirees, wage earners, and young graduates can afford to live here, and so we have the money to build the infrastructure and help our least advantaged residents.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
The cost of government DOES matter. Controlling costs and making economically sound spending decisions are critical, so taxes can be minimized. Right now, our county’s taxes are too high and our fiscal management not adequate.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
I am strongly in favor of tax caps tied to population growth, the inflation rate, and where government operations are subject to regular independent performance audits.
What is your position on land use issues?
This depends on the circumstance being considered; however, I am against “government-elite knows best” policies, such as Smart Growth, that run contrary to market forces and preferences, and try to force political agendas on unwilling residents. We have some of that in Montgomery County.
What is your position on public safety?
Public safety is a basic, core responsibility of government. Montgomery County’s de facto sanctuary status, and lax policies with respect to recent increases in gang activity and unsafe conditions in our schools is contrary to this notion.