Red Maryland Candidate Survey: Nicole Harris for Republican National Committee Alternate Delegate, District 1
Are you listed on the ballot as a pledged delegate?
Yes, pledged to President Trump
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Do you intend to actually attend the Republican National Convention?
Entrepreneur – Branding and Marketing
Started running political campaigns in Maryland in 2011. Have worked on Congressional, State, and local races. As the wife of Congressman Andy Harris my focus has primarily been on the 1st Congressional District for the last 5 years. In a spousal roIe I am very active in political organizations and promoting the 1st CD, not only in Maryland but nationally.
Why are you running to be a convention delegate?
I believe that women need to be more involved at all levels of the political process, especially conservative women. President Trump has done amazing things for this country despite the lack of cooperation in DC and we must get him reelected to continue the growth of the economy, the restoration of fair trade, and the safety and security of our nation.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
This might sound a little cheesy, but my dad, and yet he never held office. My dad taught me to read the issues before making up my mind. He also told me to dig deeper than just what a candidate said or what a candidate would put on paper to get a vote at the ballot box. He taught me that actions and their results counted more than the words and paper promises. He encouraged me to do my research and take my civic responsibility seriously.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Derek Hunter’s “Outrage Inc” BUT I have a lot of books in my stack to be read and choosing one that I’ve already read is difficult to say – there’s so many good ones. I will say that I tend to appreciate historical books about politics and policy more because I’m a firm believer that we must learn history and understand it so we do not make the same mistakes today or in the future.
What do you see as the role of a Convention Delegate?
To represent our great State of Maryland in the nomination of Donald J. Trump. Of course there is more to do there with opportunities to learn from other political leaders, network with other states, bring information back that can help to change Maryland from a blue state to a red one.
What are the three biggest issues facing the Republican Party?
Marketing and communication of our message. As a marketing and branding professional, I truly believe that this is the biggest issue for the party. Second issue – fundraising for local candidates. The GOP is lacking the same fundraising opportunities as the DNC offers every level of democratic candidates. Finally coaching and mentoring for potential candidates. As Republicans we tend to be more independent and self-sufficient, but we should realize that mentoring and coaching are two admirable functions whether you’re on the receiving end or leading.
What is the most important lesson you learned from the 2018 Election?
I didn’t really learn anything new, but it reinforced my knowledge that the party in control tends to get complacent and may not see the need to get out and vote. We can never take an election cycle for granted and need to talk about our issues, passions, and view for the future on a daily basis.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
Pro-life – no abortion, no assisted suicide. Every life is precious from conception to natural death.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I am looking forward to Trump’s next tax cut plan – let’s keep lowering them. As for spending – we have a huge spending problem and we need to start looking at the national budget as a family budget. It will be painful for a while, but we must cut spending to curb the debt and deficit.
What is your position on gun rights?
Strong 2A supporter. I’ve been a co-manager of the Maryland Gun Owners group on Facebook for 11 years.
Do you believe that it was appropriate for the Republican National Committee to take sides in a primary election?
Should Maryland Republican Party officers (Chairman, National Committeeman, National Committeewoman, etc.) be term-limited to eight years in office?