U.S. Congress, District 8, Democrats

Democrats (pick one)

 

 

Marcia H. Morgan

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Utam Paul

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Jamie Raskin

Where you live: Takoma Park

Date of birth: 12/13/62

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two previous jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Current: U.S. representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. Previous: Maryland state senator and Senate Majority Whip; professor of constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law for more than 25 years.

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years; do not include political party positions): I have been in Congress since January 2017. I previously served in the Maryland state Senate from 2007 until 2016.

Campaign information:

1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)
I’m working to restore the federal government as an instrument for the common good and national progress while doing everything in my power to provide the best constituent services possible for my constituents in Montgomery, Frederick, and Carroll counties. I will continue to passionately defend the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the rule of law and democracy.

2 – What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it? (100 words max)
The president is turning the federal government into a tool of corruption and tyranny, while his allies are blocking progress for the American people. More than 300 House-passed bills are stuck on McConnell’s desk, including bipartisan bills to require universal background checks for gun purchases, lower drug prices, and increase wages. I’m working to restore honest, effective government, an urgent imperative for the people of MD-08, including tens of thousands of federal workers. As a member of the Oversight Committee, I’m defending federal employees against partisan attacks, pay and benefit cuts, and scandalous political interference with their work.

3 – What is one major issue the current Congress has handled poorly and what would you have done differently? (100 words max)
Gun violence is epidemic and huge bipartisan majorities of the American people favor serious, common-sense reforms to curb the availability of guns to people who should not have them. In the House, we passed our universal background check bill last February to close the private gun show and internet loopholes, but the Senate and president have done nothing except sabotage our prospects for change. Why? McConnell must stop blockading public policy reform or he should leave office.

4 – What changes, if any, would you make to the U.S. health care system? (100 words max)
Access to healthcare is a human right that should not depend on a person’s income, wealth or pre-existing condition status. I have consistently fought to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including its protections for millions of individuals with preexisting conditions. I’ve opposed repeated efforts by this administration to sabotage America’s health care. While I fight to protect the ACA, I strongly support moving towards a universal health care system that covers all Americans with high-quality affordable care.

5 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)
As a professor of constitutional law for 28 years and a Maryland state senator for a decade, as a lover of American democracy and our Bill of Rights, and as a native to our community and the father of three children, my whole life and career have prepared me to be in Congress during this time of crisis to fight for the values of constitutional freedom and equality, strong democracy and the rule of law. It is my honor every day to represent the people of Montgomery, Frederick and Carroll counties and to make the government work for them.

 

 

Lih Young

Where you live: Rockville

Date of birth: 4/15/41

Current occupation and employer (may also list up to two previous jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: Economist, researcher, reformer/advocate/activist. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Services Research. Office of Family Assistance.

Political experience (public offices held and when, as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years; do not include political party positions): Candidate for public office since 1994. U.S. Senate (2006, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2018), U.S. Congress (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2014, 2020), Maryland Comptroller (1998, 2002), Maryland Senate (1994), Rockville Mayor (1997, 1999), Rockville Council (2001, 2003).

Campaign information:

1 – Why are you running for this office? (75 words max)
Prosecute/eliminate PPP, public-private-partnership, bad guy propaganda to help/benefit/self-promotion; destroying freedom, fairness, democracy, continuing, on-going; expanding; penetrating every segment of our lives, including public agencies, law enforcement; 3 branches, local-fed-global; civic non-profit, women, minorities, churches, nonsense studies, proposals, block grants, “think tanks,” educational institutions; agencies, Rockville Town Center Project, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine; Association of U.S. Army; conferences, sponsors; C4ISRNET; DefenseNew.com; U.S. Institute of Peace. Protect people/families/ businesses: lives, rights, reputation, assets, vehicles, resources.

2 – What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it? (100 words max)
Prosecute/eliminate “official misconduct-government gang-MURDERFRAUD-CRIME-INJUSTICE NETWORKS” = “cruel tyranny” = “robbery machine” = “ROBBER-ISM” = “super classes of frauds, crimes, parasites, disservices”; public-private; 3 branches, local-global. Promote accountability, social needs. objective evaluations. Televise candidate debate; maintain/disseminate accurate meaningful records, proceeding; Equity is affected by income/resources/environment; cleanliness, noise; stress; deprivation of food, sleeping, reading or learning facilities; brutality, torture; misdiagnosis, unjust injection/medication/poisonous food/ accidents/murder as often occurred in jails, detention, hospitals, or rehab centers, although mostly are silenced down/concealed. USA mass incarceration is on top among nations. Usually we hear about human rights violations in other countries, but avoid naming USA.

3 – What is one major issue the current Congress has handled poorly and what would you have done differently? (100 words max)
Prosecute/eliminate PPP, public-private-partnership, ROBBERISM = “official misconduct-government gang-MURDERFRAUD-CRIME-INJUSTICE NETWORKS” = “cruel tyranny” = “robbery machine” = “ROBBER-ISM” = “super classes of frauds, crimes, parasites, disservices; bad guy propaganda to help/benefit/self-promotion; destroying freedom, fairness, democracy, continuing, on-going; expanding; penetrating every segment of our lives, including public agencies, law enforcement; 3 branches, local-fed-global;  civic non-profit, women, minorities, churches, nonsense studies, proposals, block grants, “think tanks,” educational institutions, etc.; e.g., National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine; Association of U.S. Army (AUSA); conferences, sponsors; C4ISRNET; DefenseNew.com; U.S. Institute of Peace; complainant’s complaints/cases at administrative, judicial levels. NO unjust threat/coercion/victimization; physical/mental/financial/medication; litigation/levies/foreclosures/eviction; justice delayed=justice denied.

4 – What changes, if any, would you make to the U.S. health care system? (100 words max)
Support single-payer healthcare by government, affordable healthcare. Health care system should not be controlled by for-profit corporations. To improve quality, affordable health care for all is fundamental right and should be achieved by government. Medical costs should not be shifted onto other programs (e.g., Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries). Promote productivity/accountability/equity/equality/safety/productivity: affected by income/resources/environment; noise; stress; health, food; sleeping, learning facilities; brutality, torture; misdiagnosis; unjust injection/medication/poisonous food/accidents/ murder; in jails, detention, hospitals, rehab centers; most are silenced down/concealed. USA mass incarceration on top among nations, but no human rights violations?

5 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office? (100 words max)
Reformer/advocate/activist. Promote fairness/freedom/justice/peace; productivity/accountability/cost-effectiveness. Identified “socio-economic-political-election-media-budget-legislation-system problems”; local global; testify/recommend to officials, law enforcement, 3 branches. TV programs producer speaker; field/studio. Expertise, commitment: intensive/extensive/diversified civic services. Promote productivity, public interest, cost-benefits, social needs, budget constraints. Protect public health, environment. Promote efficiency, technology, research. Reduce unjust practices. Eliminate unjust manipulation, obstruction; false excuses, distortion. Prosecute wrongdoers. Equal protection, non-discrimination; employment/business/activities; rights/homes/vehicles/resources/reputation/ freedoms/affiliation, environment; document, evidence. Equal pay, sick paid leaves. Prosecute “official misconduct-government gang-abuse-MURDER-FRAUD-CRIME-INJUSTICE NETWORKS” operation; threat/coercion/victimization; physical/mental/financial/medication/litigation/levies/foreclosures. Equal protection, non-discrimination; employment/business/activities; rights/homes/vehicles/resources/ reputation/freedoms/affiliation, environment; document, evidence. Equal pay, sick paid leaves.