Governor | Bethesda Magazine

Governor

 

Republican

 

Larry Hogan (incumbent)

Where you live: Annapolis

Date of birth: May 25, 1956

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Governor

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): Governor since 2015

Campaign information:

 

 

Democrat

 

Ben Jealous

Where you live: Pasadena

Date of birth: Jan. 18, 1973

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: I work as a Partner at Kapor Capital, helping turn startups into established businesses and mentoring entrepreneurs. Prior to that, I served as the youngest-ever national president & CEO of the NAACP.

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): first-time candidate

Campaign information:

1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)

As a civil rights leader and businessman, I’ve spent my life bringing people together to get big things done. I was named Marylander of the Year because I led the effort to abolish the death penalty, co-chaired the effort to pass the DREAM Act, and ensured marriage equality. We can do big things — fully fund public education, fix healthcare, and kickstart our economy — but we need courageous leadership to move families forward.

2 – What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it? (100 words max)

I’ve put detailed plans on the table to expand opportunity for all our families, from fully funding public education to using my experience as a businessman to give entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Everything I’ve proposed in this campaign is focused on building an economy in Maryland that works for everyone. My proposals for getting families a better deal on healthcare, fully funding our schools, making our tax system fairer by lowering the sales tax and raising the minimum wage are all measures that will help us build an inclusive, flourishing economy. Read more at benjealous.com.

3 – What is one major issue the current governor has handled poorly and what would you have done differently? (100 words max)

Under Governor Hogan, Maryland schools have fallen in the national rankings every year. Our public schools are underfunded by almost $3 billion and our kids are paying the price. My top priority is fully funding our public schools and making sure that every child has a highly qualified teacher in the classroom. I have a plan on the table to raise teacher pay, provide universal Pre-K, and make sure we provide trade and apprenticeship programs in high school. We can be doing so much more to ensure our kids get the education they deserve.

4 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)

In 2008, I was named the youngest-ever President & CEO of the NAACP and turned around the then-struggling organization by nearly doubling its revenue and multiplying its donor base tenfold. For the last five years, I’ve worked as a social impact investor as a Partner at Kapor Capital helping small businesses grow and mentoring entrepreneurs. Being a civil rights leader and businessman have given me the tools to bring people together to get big things done. I’m proud to have spent my life fighting on behalf of working families. I hope to do so as your next Governor.

 

 

Libertarian

 

Shawn Quinn

Where you live: Lusby

Date of birth: 1962

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Truck driver

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): ran for House in 2010, governor in 2014 and governor in 2018

Campaign information:

1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)

I am running for office because the two-party agenda has let us down in a big way. At present, they run all levels of government (local, State and Federal), they control all of our courts and they provide the citizens very little of anything. We have this big unaccountable monster that stomps on the working class day in and day out. The poor — well, let’s say, they are very underrepresented. Schools, the drug war and outrageous fines and fees from the government. I have had my fill, so I stepped up to do something about it.

2 – What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it? (100 words max)

Schools continue to be our major problem. Government and the schools they provide are failing our children. I have a plan to change funding and put the power back in the parents’ hands, where it always belonged. I plan to give 100% school choice to the parents of our children. My plan will insure money is spent on education and not overpaid superintendents. Good teachers will see better pay and poor teachers will either improve or go away. Schools will start answering to parents and not the government.

3 – What is one major issue the current governor has handled poorly and what would you have done differently? (100 words max)

The drug war and his gun-control handling are both pretty bad. On both of these issues, government attacks everyday citizens and their inalienable rights. I would have been pushing to end the drug war and 100% legalized Marijuana. This is the root of so many government-made problems. As for gun control, I would have worked to repeal many of the unconstitutional gun laws and been dealing with laws that go after bad people, not the tool they choose to misuse. Carry would be a real thing for all law-abiding citizens.

4 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)

I served 20 years in the Navy. No other job in the world is more political. Learned very quickly if you want upward mobility, better learn the politics. I was able to move up, get things done and fight for my troops without incurring the wrath of the machine. After retirement, I worked for American Red Cross and a Sheriff’s office. In both, you have to be able to deal with many people from different backgrounds under heavy stress. Now, I drive a truck for a government contractor. Allows me to know how to deal with government types.

 

 

Green

 

Ian Schlakman

Where you live: Baltimore

Date of birth: Dec. 15, 1984

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Self-employed IT consultant and technology entrepreneur

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): ran for District 2 in U.S. House of Representatives, 1984; ran for District 12 on Baltimore City Council, 2016

Campaign information:

1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)

I am running for Governor because the people of Maryland deserve a Governor who will work for people first and foremost. I have a vision of abolishing poverty in Maryland in my first term as Governor, and I believe that any candidate who does not have a poverty-abolishing agenda does not deserve your vote. I have made a clear commitment to improving the health of Maryland’s people and its environment.

2 – What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it? (100 words max)

The most important issue in this race is abolishing poverty immediately, which I will do. I will institute a millionaire’s tax to fund a basic income guarantee. Every adult resident of Maryland will receive $1,000 a month regardless of their age, employment, or ability. This will guarantee that no one will be unable to feed or house themselves.

Some people may choose to use this payment to go back to school, start a new business, or stay home with their family. But everyone will be able to immediately lift themselves out of homelessness or food insecurity.

3 – What is one major issue the current governor has handled poorly and what would you have done differently? (100 words max)

When Governor Hogan began his administration, he posted new highways signs on the state borders that said “Maryland — Open for Business.” What he really meant was Maryland is open for big business. Governor Hogan has bent over backwards to bring giant corporate headquarters like Amazon’s to Maryland. His theory is that the wealth of the mega-rich like Jeff Bezos will trickle down to all Marylanders, but there is no evidence to support this.

We will institute a millionaire’s tax to create a mechanism for wealth to trickle into Maryland’s benefit programs and improve the lives of all Marylanders.

4 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)

I am small business owner and have seen what happens when governments create a preference for international corporations over local businesses. I have worked with worker-owned cooperatives and other institutions designed to help people live rich lives without access to money. I founded Basic Income Action, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting a national basic income guarantee.

I have talked with hundreds of activists and have learned about the best ways to build a new economy. I know how to eliminate poverty in Maryland and am devoted to that mission.

Graphic Design Coordinator |

The Universities at Shady Grove

Marketing Coordinator |

Credible Behavioral Health Software

Financial Analyst |

Federal Realty Investment Trust

Print/Digital Graphic Designer |

Manhattan Strategy Group

Communications Associate |

The Hatcher Group

Administrative and Executive Assistant |

Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium Inc. (MAEC)

Leading Professionals »

Newsletters

Dining Guide