It has been my absolute pleasure to serve in the House of Delegates over the past 4 years representing District 4A in Frederick County. This year, it would be an honor to add a portion of Carroll County to the new district. There has been a great deal of learning while in Annapolis that has added to the overall experience, but perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the position has been to get to know a variety of people who have legitimate concerns - and to be able to help them through it!
Throughout the past 4 sessions, I have served on the House Economic Matters Committee that addresses issues having to do, primarily, with business concerns. Some of the issues that we hear involve utilities, energy, banking, insurance, workers compensation and a variety of business regulations across many industries. I have worked diligently to protect the small business owners and their families. In fact, as a freshman legislator, I was appointed to be the Ranking Member of the committee. Being the highest ranking Republican has led to extra hours and responsibilities, but certainly worth the effort.
I have been a strong, conservative vote in the House of Delegates. I led lead the battle in opposition to the Stormwater Management (Rain Tax) bill for Frederick County. I have opposed every tax increase and bloated budget that our Governor has proposed. My votes have been 100% solid in relation to our 2nd Amendment Rights, pro-life, and the agricultural community. In fact, I was extremely proud to receive the endorsements as a first time candidate from the NRA, Maryland Farm Bureau, and the Maryland Right to Life. These issues are not unique to Frederick County - Carroll County needs strong leadership on these issues in Annapolis, as well!
This year, along with the new responsibilities of being the Ranking Member, I was also by voted my colleagues to be the Chairman of the Frederick County Delegation. This was a great honor for me because it meant that each of my Frederick colleagues trusted that I would represent the local legislative requests in the most professional and effective manner. It was a very successful year for our local legislative priorities and I am grateful to have been a part of that success.
Legislatively, I have experienced a great deal of success. However, out of all of my bills that have been signed by the governor, I am most proud of the Slayer's Rule that was passed last year. This bill ensures that the families of murdered victims are protected from having their loved one's estate taken by their assailant. Quite simply, if a family member murders another family member, they will NOT be able to benefit from the remaining assets. I was shocked to learn that Maryland was one of only 4 states that were not protecting the victims. It took 2 years to get this important and substantial piece of legislation passed, but it was a proud day when it happened!
When the General Assembly is not in session, my work does not end. It is morally responsible to give back to your neighbors any way that is possible. Currently, I serve on the Board of Directors for Frederick County Habitat for Humanity, as well as participate as an active member with the Frederick Kiwanis Club and the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company.
However, the most rewarding community service that I have done thus far is leading the effort to create a parental drug awareness program. This was a collaborative effort with a wide variety of stakeholders that saw that there was a major drug problem in our area and wanted to make a difference. The goals are simple: to provide real data to parents about the scope of the issue, and to provide information on where to find available resources. Thankfully, our program is now scheduled in high schools across the county.
The past 4 years have been tremendously rewarding. My intent is to work just as diligently over the next 4 years, but I need your vote in order to make that happen. I would be deeply honored if you would consider voting for Kelly Schulz on June 24th. Thank you!