Candidate Survey: Kevin Cioppa for St. Mary’s County Central Committee
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St. Mary’s County
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Current Vice-Chair of the St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee, member since 2012
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Why are you running for office?
I believe strongly in the principles of the Republican party and I would like to continue to work hard on behalf of those beliefs.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Ronald Reagan was a tremendous president and statesman. My father also falls in this category as I watched the good he was able to do as a local elected official when I was growing up.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
I have read a couple of biographies about Abraham Lincoln. I greatly admire his character and ability to persevere in the face of significant hardship.
What do you see as the role of the Central Committee?
I believe the role of the Central Committee is to help the party grow and succeed at the local level.
What is the biggest issue facing your county Republican Party?
I don’t think there is one issue that towers over the others. We just need to continue to work to get our candidates elected, so they can pursue a conservative economic agenda that helps us all.
What are the three biggest issues facing the Maryland Republican Party?
First, we need to figure out how to improve our ability to win state-wide races on a consistent basis. Second, we need to make sure we work together after the primaries are finished, no matter who wins the various nominations. Third, we need to improve our numbers in the state legislature and the state senate.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am pro-life.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I believe both of these should be as low as possible.
What is your position on gun rights?
I am pro-second amendment.
Do you believe that Maryland Republican Party primaries should be open to independent voters?
Do you believe that the state party and the county parties should be allowed to endorse in primary elections?
Do you believe that Maryland Republican Party auxiliary organizations should have a vote on the Maryland Republican Party executive committee?
Would you support limiting the terms of Maryland Republican Party officers to eight consecutive years in the same office?