Red Maryland Candidate Survey: Bridgette Cooper for Congress, District 8
Office Sought and District
East Carolina University (B.M.); Strayer University (M.B.A.)
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Classical Singer, Entrepreneur, Director of Operations for a Small Business
Ran for U.S. Congress for CD8 in 2018; Volunteer for various campaigns; Community leadership through volunteer work
Why are you running for office?
I am running for office in hopes of playing a role in Restoring the American Dream;I am a single parent and Entrepreneur, and am Director of Operations for a small business located in District 8. I support my community and am and advocate for the arts and small businesses. My Dad’s family is from the Bahamas, and I understand the importance and value of the work of immigrants to our economy and community. My college years included spending time with local agricultural leaders, learning about the discipline of farming and access to agricultural based technology. I have a profound understanding and perspective of the world as a whole and correlates with our country and directly impacts our community. Lastly, I feel that everyone should create an opportunity to serve the public. It is a very humbling, and rewarding
How do you plan to win?
Focusing on what our constituents need and their aspirations for our District. Being inspired, motivated, engaged and focused.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
My parents. Many people do not consider the role our parents play, or the role we play as parents as political. However, our children (and us adults) are greatly influenced by the parental (guardian) figure in our lives. They helped shape my understanding of service, my responsibility as an American and product of immigrants. My parents are also leaders in their own right. They lived in a time with all things were not equal for all people, and now, because of the work they and so many did for me, I am able to accept leadership as a responsibility, not an invitation.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
The Politics of Policy Change – The book goes into detail about the original intention of what policy change is. It is insightful and helps the reader to understand the complexity of why policy change happens and why it needs to happen.
What will be your top priority in Congress?
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Healthcare, the economy, failing school districts, veteran’s rights, equal opportunity, immigration reform, access to employment for mentally and physically disabled adults.
What are the three biggest issues facing our country?
Healthcare, Education, Economy
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
Although I am “pro life”, I am sensitive to the decision that women face everyday due to circumstances outside of their control such as sexual abuse, and violence . We need to be able to offer unbiased counseling before such decisions are made that will empower people to make a sound decision, considering the decisions about life issues are always during an emotionally tumultuous time.
What is your position on taxes, spending and the federal deficit?
Tax to raise money that support the function of the government that will provide support for it’s citizens (infrastructure, security, etc.); Individuals should be able to keep more of the money they earned, rather than see a large percentage deducted from their paycheck, if you are working an hourly wage job, or a salary job. Individuals should take home enough to support the daily function of their family lives which includes spending which is good for the economy and saving. No further increase in the debt ceiling if possible.
What is your position on gun rights?
I support second amendment rights, however, as our country grows, so must our policies to protect our citizens. Responsible gun owners should be involved in the process with creating common sense laws. There should be checks and balances in place.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
Primary limited amount use would be for medicinal purposes, however, there should be an on going discussion regarding the fine line of the amount a person can carry on them legally, and the felony charges associated with small amounts. So it becomes a question of are we protecting our citizens or are we just finding another way to create income for districts through arrests?
What is your position on trade?
Trade is important to our economy. Focus on the growing small and medium size businesses to be able to create growth by having access to the global market is imparative. It creates jobs and opportunities for higher wages.
What is your position on foreign policy and military issues?
More support for our military and military families that are transitioning into civilian life, and veteran care.
What is your position on the impeachment of President Trump?
The right decision was made based on the information provided. All parties listened to their constituents, they followed through with the process. It is important that concerns were not just “swept under the rug”.
Would you support the passage of the Human Life Amendment?
Would you support the passage of the Balanced Budget Amendment?