District 5 House of Delegates Republican candidates
Carmen Amedori: As a delegate, I supported Gov. Ehrlich's proposal for slots at the race tracks. This was critical to save Maryland's long tradition of horse racing. Unfortunately, the Democrats blocked the initiative only to support it with Martin O'Malley as governor. The revenues that have been generated have been successful in protecting our horse farms and horse related agriculture. This is an area where I would work with the Democrats to ensure the state gaming program has continued success. Carroll's delegates were stridently opposed to the statewide gaming bill and thus were unable to get a local gaming bill through when they requested support of other legislators. It is because of the inability of the current House delegates to work with the other side of the aisle that our local gaming bill was killed each year.
Donald Elliott: As a member of the legislature I have noted there is bipartisan support on issues of public safety and animal protection bills. As a member of the Health and Government Operations Committee with the exception of legislation pertaining to the Affordable Care Act, many legislative proposals dedicated to improving the health of Marylanders receive universal support.
Susan Krebs: There are many issues of agreement with my colleagues and we work together to reach consensus. One I am particularly proud of is my efforts working with a Baltimore city delegate and senator to sponsor and pass a licensure bill for Naturopathic Doctors. We received the Legislative Champion Award for 2014 by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for our efforts. We collaborated on this effort for three years in order to bring more options to Marylanders for health care providers. The focus on wellness and prevention of chronic disease by these professionals is the way of the future for our health care system. We agree that our current health care path is unsustainable. We worked against great resistance from the established medical profession and high paid lobbyists, but focused on doing the right thing and were successful in our efforts. The bill passed unanimously in both Houses.
Justin Ready: I've been able to work across the aisle with some Democrats on issues like government transparency -- where we created a bi-partisan commission on open government -- reforming state spending practices in procurement and contracting to be sure that Maryland small businesses can have the ability to bid on state contracts without onerous restrictions, and perhaps the best thing that we were able to work together in the past year was passing death tax relief. This re-coupled our estate tax rate with the federal rate of $5 million. This is something that will really help our agricultural community as well as small business owners and improve our chances of keeping retirees in Maryland.
Haven Shoemaker: I think that the other side's emphasis on adequate funding for education is important. Unfortunately, Carroll County hasn't benefited from that to the extent I would like. I hope to make the case for a fairer allocation of resources to Carroll County.
Joshua Stonko: One issue that we agree on is that we must adequately fund public safety. First responders throughout our county and state must be provided with proper equipment to protect themselves and our residents. The only way to ensure that police, fire, and EMS are given this protection is to allocate the appropriate funds so that they have the most state-of-the-art, high-tech equipment. Our delegation, led by Del. Krebs, voted against high tech police equipment in SB171 that would lead to safer streets.
Kevin Utz: I'm proud that both sides agreed that re-funding of local municipalities Highway User Revenues and state aid to police was important. Municipalities struggled for several years with decreasing funds and deteriorating roads when the state removed these line items from the budget. I will find other issues that I can see as positive and bi-partisan to support in my tenure as a legislator.