House of Representatives, District 8
Chris Van Hollen, Democrat
Q: What issues do you feel are most important for voters in your district?
A: I have had the privilege of meeting with hundreds of individuals, community leaders, and small business owners throughout Carroll County. The top issues they raise are: jobs and the economy; providing top quality educational and work training opportunities; getting our fiscal house in order; and protecting Medicare and Social Security.
Q: How do you plan to address those issues if elected? Please be specific.
A: Targeted investments in our workforce through education and training. Invest in research, innovation and modernizing infrastructure to win global competition. Make financial markets more accountable and ease access to credit for businesses. Tax reform to encourage manufacturing here, not off-shoring jobs. Reduce deficits with balanced approach proposed by bipartisan commissions.
Q: What do you see as the greatest problem facing Marylanders today and how will you solve it?
A: Maryland faces the challenges outlined above, but we can leverage our assets to boost job growth. We must build on our strong education system, including Carroll Community College, to develop highly trained workers and partner with businesses. Maryland is poised to benefit from continued federal investments in research and our innovation economy.
Q: What lesson(s) have you learned while traveling around your districts during the campaign process?
A: Throughout our district, I find more that unites than divides us. While each area has distinct needs, everyone benefits from quality schools, a good transportation network, thriving small businesses, health and retirement security and a healthy environment. I'll work every day to advance the interests of Carroll County.
Q: Partisan politics has always been an issue in Congress, can you tell me one thing you support that was proposed from another political party other than your own?
A: I worked for one of Maryland's great leaders, Senator Mac Mathias - a moderate Republican who worked across party lines. His support of principled compromise was a role model for me. I've worked with Republicans to pass numerous laws. Recently I joined Paul Ryan on legislation to prevent pork-barrel spending.