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Michelle Smith

Where you live: Prince George’s County

Date of birth: Oct. 5, 1972

Current occupation and employer:

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Department of International Affairs, Washington, D.C.
Senior FOIA specialist/technical writer

Political experience:


Website: https://www.MichelleSmithforSenate.org

Email: info@michellesmithforsenate.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MichelleSmith4Senate

Twitter: @MichelleSenate

Instagram: @MichelleSmith4Senate

Why are you running for this office?

I am running for the U.S. Senate to preserve our future and the rights of every American citizen according to the U.S. Constitution. While running for honesty, compassion, truth and hope, I want to help discuss and make people aware of the serious problems we are currently facing. As Americans, we have an obligation to seek justice for all mankind. By career trade, I am not a politician. However, I do have a heart. And on that note, that is why I decided to run for political office to effectively bring to light the concerns of our nation and propose ideas to help us deal with them on a level in which everyone can positively benefit from.

What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it?

The most important issue right now is the right for a woman to have an abortion. I plan to tackle this issue by proposing counter legislation that will include placing emphasis on mandatory health/sex education for young girls and women to include topics such as rape, oral contraception, pregnancy, etc., ensuring that doctors and not the government are involved in the healthcare of women if an abortion is the best choice and last but not least, propose that every tax-paying woman citizen gets a monthly check if the federal and state government do not keep their bans off of women’s bodies. A woman’s body is not free to maintain and neither is her intimate area. The older the intimate area of a woman the more money she should get because salary is commensurate with experience. If the government wants to control women’s bodies, then women should be paid nicely for it. At the end of the day, it costs to be a boss.

What is one major issue that has been handled poorly and what would you have done differently?

Gun control is the issue that is currently being handled poorly. I will propose legislation to implement universal criminal background checks, more requirements for handgun qualification and to ensure that no one under the age of 21 will be allowed to purchase a handgun or shotgun (although there may be strict exceptions).

What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office?

My federal government experiences over the past 20 years have helped me to understand a plethora of topics such as how the federal government operates, decision making, policy and regulations, political bureaucracy within the federal agencies, racism, fraud, waste and abuse, how people lie and get away with it, coercion and breaking of laws and so much more. My knowledge of working in several different agencies expands more than what the average person may think of me. Also, I volunteered for Obama for America Campaign in 2012 and that experience was very good for me.

Chris Van Hollen

Where you live: Kensington

Date of birth: Jan. 10, 1959

Current occupation and employer:

United States senator

Political experience:

Maryland House of Delegates, Jan. 9, 1991 – Jan. 11, 1995
Maryland Senate, Jan. 11, 1995 – Jan. 8, 2003
U.S. House of Representatives, Jan. 3, 2003 – Jan. 3, 2017
U.S. Senate, Jan. 3, 2017 to present

Website: https://vanhollen.org/

Email: info@vanhollen.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VanHollenForMD

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VanHollenForMD

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vanhollenformd

Why are you running for this office?

I’m running for reelection to the U.S. Senate to continue delivering results for all Marylanders and uphold our values of justice, equality, and freedom. I’ve worked successfully to bring key investments to our state — to support our schools, infrastructure, the Bay, access to affordable health care and housing, help for seniors and veterans. At this challenging moment we must protect our democracy and end the hatred and violence that threatens our future.

What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it?

The most important issue is what kind of country we will be going forward. Will we protect the right to vote of every citizen? A woman’s right to reproductive freedom? Will we work to build a more inclusive country where all Americans, not just the wealthiest few, have access to good paying jobs, quality education, affordable health care and prescription drugs, decent housing, and dignity in retirement? Will we protect the future of our planet, our environment, and the Chesapeake Bay? I have introduced legislation to advance all of these goals and will continue working to turn them into reality.

What is one criticism you have received while in office and what is your response?

My biggest disappointment has been the outrageous lack of progress on national gun safety legislation. Years ago, I helped lead the successful fight against the gun lobby to pass Maryland’s safety trigger lock law – the first in our country. But Maryland is not an island and I share the anger of a bipartisan majority of Americans about the failure to pass meaningful national reforms, like background checks, bans on high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic assault weapons. I am working to limit ghost guns, expand community violence prevention programs, and pass legislation to crack down on gun trafficking.

What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office?

I’ve lived here in Montgomery County and worked in Maryland for decades. We raised our family here. Over the years I’ve had the privilege of getting to know our communities and the people across our state. Prior to the US Senate I served as a member of Congress from the 8th District, and earlier Maryland Senate and House of Delegates. I’ve also worked as a legislative assistant to the former U.S. senator from Maryland, Charles Mathias, and adviser to former Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer. I know and love our state and am very proud to represent Marylanders.


Chris Chaffee (Information not submitted)

George Davis

Current occupation and employer:
Retired, test engineer for the US government.

Political experience:

None, first time running. As a government employee, it was frowned upon to get into politics.  Now that I am retired, I am involved.  I got into the race because of the crybabies in Washington, D.C., and all the lies coming out. If one looks at NASA or FBI data, many of the assumptions are proven false.  We need to get the truth out.

Website: http://electgeorgedavis.org/

Why are you running for this office?

I’m tired of the bickering in D.C.  The Demarcates fight the Demarcates. The Republicans are fighting the Republicans.  How can anything get done? Also, the amount of lies about every issue is growing.  Look at President Regan and President Clinton, the opposing party control part or all the Congress and Senate, yet they managed to get things done.  How? Simple they gave a little and they got a little.  It is called politics not dictatorship.

What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it?

There is more than one. One issue feeds into another issue. but here are some issues:
1) Climate change is real, but D.C. makes it a lie, a con, and a disaster all rolled into one.
2) Green energy is called green because they take the green out of your pocket and put it into theirs.  But it destroys the environment, destroys the economy, and kills at least 250,000 children a year.
3) Recycling as it is done now, destroys the environment and destroys the economy.
4) Cattle are not causing the methane levels to rise.
5) Sea level rise has only risen 2 to 3 mm since 1970, so no flooding has occurred from sea level rise.
6) We may have to drill in the Arctic to save the Arctic.
7) Police are very tolerant of minorities.
8) Racism and critical race theory is 80% to 90% a lie.
9) The Democrats are conning their base.
10) Electric cars and high speed rail will fail

What is one major issue that has been handled poorly and what would you have done differently?

That is simple: The economy.  Biden wants the U.S. to get away from fossil fuels, but nothing is in place yet, and the so-called green energy is not green and is not economical. It would take more space than I am allowed to state where there is a problem and the possible solution, so go to my website and these issues are spelled out as well as a possible solution.

What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office?

As a test engineer, I look for problems and make solution recommendations.  In Washington, they do not care about solutions only who they can blame.  In D.C, politicians look at who to blame so no one blames them.  If you look at Biden, nothing is his fault, he tells that to the American people.  The problem is that he does not tell the American people on the ways they are going to fix the problem. As a test engineer, I looked at data trying to understand how a problem occurred, and how to fix it.  We cannot wait decades for a problem to be fixed, the American people need a solution to a multiple list of problems.  The American people do not need the problem to be completely solved, they need to see improvement. I intend to get solutions.

Nnabu Eze (Information not submitted)

Lorie R. Friend

Where you live: Garrett County

Date of birth: Jan. 14, 1968

Current occupation and employer:

I am a registered nurse and have been for over 25 years now in the pre/post operative surgical department of my local hospital. Prior to that I worked as an administrative assistant for the Garrett County Community Action Committee for the Housing Services Department.

Political experience:

Never held political office or previous campaign.

Website: https://electafriend.org

Email: electafriend@gmail.com

Facebook: Lorie R. Friend

Twitter: @LorieFriendGOP

Why are you running for this office?

Over the past two years I have listened, listened to my patients. People who are concerned with where we are and what is happening around them. We have all struggled through Covid, and now numerous concerning topics, from inflation, shortages, border crisis, Ukraine, crime. Where I currently live in Maryland, people feel like Maryland ends in Frederick or Hagerstown. People of all parts of Maryland want represented, including the most western parts as well as the eastern shores. I was born in Baltimore (east) and I currently live in Garrett County, the farthest west of Maryland. I will represent all of Maryland, I will be the voice of all of Maryland.

What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it?

Inflation. We need to become energy independent. We need to grow our own economy and support our people. We need to support our local farmers and workers. We need to build and put into place more American made products to ensure growth and stability of our economy. There should be compromise between green energy and independent energy for the growth and success of our nation.

What is one major issue that has been handled poorly and what would you have done differently?

The handling of the Covid pandemic. Too many people were unnecessarily separated from their families and loved ones in one of the world’s biggest crisis. I am not anti-vaccination, but I am also pro family and support. This vaccine has been shown to be ineffective even now and should not be mandated for we are all unique in our own way. We are not a one size fits all society. Moving forward, we can be proactive in protection and vaccinate if/when necessary remembering there are always extenuating circumstances and alternatives. People should not be stripped of our freedoms, we are America, land of the free. We should be free to choose what is best for us, not government officials. This a decision that should be made between patient and doctor.

What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office?

As a nurse, it is my job to listen, listen to my patients. Their cares, their concerns, and to advocate for them when necessary. I have to make sometimes hard, difficult decisions, sometimes life or death decisions. I must research and choose the best options and best outcomes regardless of the difficulty of the situation or how it may affect others. I have to be willing to always rise above the challenge. Covid and the pandemic proved this. I held my post day after day because my patients, people depend on me. I will always fight for what is right.

Reba Hawkins (Information not submitted)

Jon McGreevey (Information not submitted)

Joseph Perez (Information not submitted)

Todd Puglisi (Information not submitted)

James Tarantin 

Where you live: Montgomery County

Date of birth: August 1985

Current occupation and employer:

I came to America as a teenager for the pure hope of living the American dream.

I came to the U.S. with no money, education, family, connections or friends.

For 10 years, 18-28, I lived in poor conditions and without health insurance as I was working on my various entrepreneurial projects.

At the age of 28, I had a vision for a merchandising enterprise that supplies fine goods to companies’ marketing efforts.

No investor, bank or partner wanted to invest.

Today, I am an entrepreneur who is the founder and president of Flag & Symbol, a multimillion-dollar commercial enterprise.

Moreover, I am an author, a counselor to many around the world, and a Tedx Speaker.

Political experience:
I am not a career politician.

I humbly believe that the greatest danger to humankind is career-long politicians. When money buys politicians, the laws favor the rich and powerful. When the laws favor the rich and powerful, the voices of the people cannot come alive. When their voices cannot come alive, they cannot fulfill their dreams. People want citizen representatives rather than the same career politicians.

I am a citizen, a husband, and father of two young boys who believes in common sense solutions that truly serve all people from every creed and color.

The majority of citizens in America and around the world believe that the current system of government does not work. It’s time to replace selfish politicians with authentic, honest representatives. Hundreds of millions of people now believe that governments are nothing more than the personal company of the rich and for us it is not a real democracy, but a mirage of democracy.

This is why I am in the race. This is why I wish so dearly to serve you. I passionately want to make your dreams come alive.

Website: https://www.jamestarantin.com/

Email: jamestarantinsocials@gmail.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamesTarantin?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamestarantin/?hl=en

Why are you running for this office?
I am running for office because I believe that the greatest danger we face are career politicians with corrupt intentions. Eighty percent of all the problems we face come because of them. Ask yourself, why do they get unlimited money from special interests and stay in power for decades? Now is the time to bring hope, unity and practical solutions that serve all people. Heal America. Make your voice come alive!

What is the most important issue in this race and what specific plans do you have to address it?

When the laws favor the rich and powerful, the voices of the people cannot come alive. This fact brought with it the pains that we experience today: inflation and unfair taxes that rob people’s savings; unfair regulations that discourage businesses; laws that diminish parents’ rights; less quality education; laws that create less equal rights for all people; unsecured borders that can sometimes breed dangers; inaccurate information from all sides that brainwash people; mores crime on our streets; less access to capital; and less empowerment of women.

Please check JamesTarantin.com for bullet-points, innovative practical solutions.

What is one major issue that has been handled poorly and what would you have done differently?

In order to see good and effective changes for all people, we need a change of leadership. How can the ship sail to a new shore if the captain has corrupt intent to stay put? Therefore, ask yourself this question: Why incumbent senators will not pass term limits?

What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to hold this office?

As a self-made businessman, I know what it takes to create jobs, balance budgets and execute laws regarding a commercial enterprise.  As an author, I know what it takes to think creatively about problems. As a father, I know what it takes to fight for a better tomorrow for our children. As a husband, I know how important it is to empower women. As an immigrant, I know how important it is to have a broad view of the world. As a citizen of Maryland, I know how much I love this state and the United States.

John Thormann (Information not submitted)