Robert Douglas Mathias
Website (under construction): www.dougmathias.com
Profession: Business (22 years) and Government (23 years)
Current place(s) of employment: Retired
Education: Bachelor of Art in Social Science and Master's in Public Administration
Community groups involved in: Health Department groups
Past political experience: Worked for Members of Congress, US Senator Paul Sarbanes & US Congresswoman Beverly B. Byron, both democrats in Maryland
Why are you interested in running for this office?: The county budget Director is concerned for the spending decisions that this commissioner board has already made, in recent public comments to start the budget process for FY19. His "things on my mind list" include expensive community projects that without other community match funds probably are not fundable projects. This commissioner board said go ahead and may be obligated to fund them. Taxpayer funds demand accountability and over hanging funds and projects in different budget years is bad business. The question is, where is the priority?
Explain why you are qualified for the office you seek.: I have spent considerable time as a community volunteer and student of government.
What are the three main issues you wish to address during your campaign and how do you plan to address them?: We need ethics reform especially in District 3. We need to focus on ethics reform and support for our parents and school children. It took the commissioners eight years to comply with a State Ethics Law that was eight years old. We were the last county in Maryland to seek compliance. I want to enact a stronger ethics ordinance on disclosure and candidate contributions. We must stop the conflicts of interest that waste taxpayer dollars and fail the public trust.
Underfunding of public education is bad for Carroll County families. We must fund what parents and their children need most, a safe and stronger school system. The Board of Education is under funded despite the needs of our children. We know our children have the most hope for educational opportunities when they are young. We must respond to our youngest generation, because this education will carry them through life.
Bringing trust and accountability back to the commissioners office. It is sad to say that the commissioners start the State of the County in January with "we are the Best County in the state" only to find out that we were last in ethics compliance. This board, which is retiring two members, has not been entirely honest with the citizens. I am running with no conflicts of interest. I accept no business contributions as a candidate for office. In addition, I do not accept political donations from county employees. There is absolutely no reason to create conflicts of interest on your way to public service.