House of Delegates District 4 Republicans
Kathy Afzali: First, I will be advocating for restored/increased funding for Carroll County schools and set that as a priority. Also, the pension costs were shifted because of a push by Senator Brinkley and others to shift the cost to the county. Now we are suffering the consequences. Again, I am hoping that Hough is victorious over Brinkley and we can put an end to bad policies that harm Carroll County. The fiscal health of the county begins with healthy businesses and schools. Healthy businesses bring wealth and better formulas for county schools. My business ranking in Frederick County is #1 and I intend to keep that ranking in my next term.
Barrie Ciliberti: Did not respond to multiple calls and emails.
Wendi Peters: I support revisiting the formula used to allocate state education funds. As Delegate, I will advocate for a sufficient allocation of state education funds, which are your tax dollars, to be returned to Carroll County. I will also work to ensure that state funding commitments to Carroll County are fully funded. Regarding the shift in pension costs, I support honoring existing commitments to teachers and education employees. Moving forward, we must find viable solutions for state and local governments to create sustainable systems for retirement benefits.
Kelly Schulz: Carroll County parents should be concerned about education funding. Education should be the number one priority of the state. Maryland voters approved a measure in 2012 that allowed casinos to be built. The messaging from the proponents was that the money would go to education. In fact, it does, but it is not additional funding. It is simply a different funding source to replace the revenue streams previously dedicated to education funding. Parents and educators need to address this with the leadership in Annapolis. I am willing to be a part of that conversation. Shifting the cost to counties is a way of shifting costs from the state, but it still affects every taxpayer. Higher costs in the county could result in a tax increase at the county level. I was opposed to the shift when it passed the general assembly due to yet another unfunded mandate placed on our local jurisdictions.
David Vogt III: It is absolutely vital that we, as a state, invest in our future leaders and citizens. To me, providing adequate resources for education is one of the most important responsibilities that state governments have. As a Delegate, I would make it a point to listen to the needs of our local schools, teachers and administrators, and I would fight to see that those needs are met. One effective way to provide enough funding for all of Maryland's public schools would be through reworking the budget, cutting out unnecessary spending and waste and prioritizing public education. There are many areas where our state government is spending entirely too much money; education will never be one of those areas.