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Congressional District 3

 

Republican

 

Charles Anthony

Where you live: Silver Spring

Date of birth: Sept. 7, 1953

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Retired U.S. Army officer (lieutenant colonel, Medical Service Corps) and retired federal employee from Walter Reed Army Medical Center (hospital administration).

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): I have never run for public office.

Campaign information:

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

I became inspired to run for office while watching the 2018 State of the Union. During the President’s speech, he asked people to stand and show support for their military, country and God. The Democrats refrained, displaying utter disrespect for these three pillars of American society and to many U.S. Citizens, this was astounding and offensive. So now, the question is what do they stand for? They can’t say Spanish people, because they “ditched” them!

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

The Democrats have gone on strike and have essentially shut down the Government. Their party is promoting that they stonewall (sorry, Gen. Jackson) almost every idea, issue or nominee that may help the government function. Discord and shut down is their theme. Regardless, the government and its people need to be serviced and it is not happening! In addition, when your salary is $140K+ and your compensation package is as “sweet” as theirs, you do not have any grounds to go on strike!!

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

The one major issue through all of this is that the Democratic Party backed a candidate that was viewed by middle-class America and the Electoral College as a “tainted” candidate/commodity and they lost. In the immortal words of that late great 21st Century Philosopher (Mark Haines of CNBC), “It is what it is, Because it is.” Get over it and move on! The citizenry of the U.S. need you to “end this strike” and get back to the work of governance or quit, go home and suck your thumb there, not in the halls of congress.

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

Rest assured, I have never gone on strike, so I do not have any experience there. However, during my career in Hospital Administration, I can assure you that dealings between physicians and nurses truly tested my political abilities, AND I never went on strike! In my career, I have had dealings at the National and International levels (usually related to health care policies and support), I have never been sued, I have never caused anyone harm, and I have never been in jail. One thing I will do is to “show up for work” and “work for you.”

 

 

Democrat

 

John Sarbanes (incumbent)

Where you live: Towson

Date of birth: May 22, 1962

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Member of Congress; previously an attorney 

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): Member of Congress representing Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District since 2007

Campaign information:

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

I am running to end the reign of big money in our political system. More than ever, the wealthy and well-connected are flooding our politics with big-money campaign contributions. Candidates must dial for dollars and court special interest donors. Too often, this also means that public policy suffers. As a result, the public’s trust in government is eroding. We must counter the influence of big money in politics and return voice to the people.

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

We need a government that responds to the needs of the average American. The prevalence of big money in politics is a corrupting force; it takes the attention away from the middle class and places it on the wealthy and special interests. I have introduced a bill, the Government by the People Act, to remedy this problem within our democracy. It will amplify the voice of small donors during election fundraising; candidates will then be able to turn their attention to where it belongs, the people.

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

“Tax reform.” I strongly opposed H.R. 1, the disastrous Republican tax legislation. The bill directs money to the wealthiest Americans by slashing the corporate tax rate, limiting the estate tax, and dramatically reducing the tax rates for pass-through companies, all while raising taxes on middle- and low-income Americans and Marylanders and increasing the deficit by approximately $1.5 trillion over ten years. We can have a more equitable and pro-growth tax code, spurring economic opportunity and wealth accumulation for hard working Americans. But the legislation just passed by Congress is not that. We can do better.

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

Before coming to Congress, I served for seven years with the Maryland State Department of Education, working to make Maryland’s public school system one of the best in the nation. I also practiced law for eighteen years, representing hospitals and senior living providers in their mission to deliver high-quality health care to the people of Maryland. Throughout my career, I have been proud to work with public interest organizations in Maryland, like the Public Justice Center, where I championed efforts to protect consumers, provide decent public housing and ensure fair treatment in the workplace.

 

Libertarian

 

David Lashar

Date of birth: Born in 1963. Age 55.

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two other jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Currently a full-time candidate for office. Previously: Chief information officer, chief operating officer, and chief of staff at Maryland Department of Health from January 2016 through May 2018. Successful career in IT, becoming executive and turnaround specialist. Details on LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidlashar

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years): Research analyst on Dole for President 1988 and in a congressional caucus from 1988 to 1992.

Campaign information:

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

Appalled by the polarization and dysfunction in Washington, I decided early this year to leave the GOP, join the Libertarian Party, and run for U.S. Congress, striving to be the kind of candidate that I myself was seeking but not finding on the ballot: tolerant, responsible, accomplished, and civil. I am committed to giving voters the opportunity to vote different this year, to say “enough is enough” to the partisanship and divisiveness in Washington.

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

For better results from Washington, we need to restore political competition by abolishing gerrymandering, imposing term limits, and promoting ballot access for parties as well as voters. According to media reports and court documents, my incumbent opponent, Rep. Sarbanes, conspired for his own re-election to draw the map for this district into the second-worst gerrymandered district in America. He thereby rendered over one hundred thousand of his own constituents politically irrelevant. This practice needs to end now. Term limits will bring turnover — and will also strike boldly at the influence of money and the power of party bosses in Washington.

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

For sustainable economic growth and job creation, and for intergenerational financial equity, we need to put an end to the perilous and unconscionable accumulation of federal debt. We can do so by adopting a balanced-budget amendment that includes provision stimulus or borrowing under unusual circumstances but otherwise will force Congress and the President to fulfill their responsibilities to make the inevitably difficult decisions about our social priorities and our financial resources. We can and must slow the rate of growth of all federal programs, protecting current beneficiaries from change while restoring solvency for future beneficiaries.

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

From serving in top posts in both business and government, I uniquely offer a proven ability to bring people together to get good things done, even under complicated and tense circumstances. More specifically, I know the imperative of keeping authorities accountable, assessing them on their outcomes and impact instead of their intentions and budgets. From my experience at the Maryland Department of Health, I uniquely (of candidates for this office) know and am promoting the innovative Maryland Model Total Cost of Care Model for reforming the flawed ACA model over time with an approach that is patient-centered, outcome-oriented, and budget-controlled.

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