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House of Delegates, District 5 candidate: April Rose, Republican

April Rose
April Rose

April R. Rose

Residence: Eldersburg

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Age: 49

Website:  www.delegateaprilrose.com

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DelegateRose/

Profession: Senior IT Recruiter (9 years)

Current place(s) of employment: NMR Consulting (9 years)

Education: Two semesters - Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University)

Community groups involved in: Past member of the South Carroll Republican Club, Carroll County Women's Republican Club, South Carroll Business Association, Carroll County Republican Central Committee, and Carroll County Board of Elections

Past political experience: Secretary, Vice President and President of the South Carroll Republican Club; Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair of the Carroll County Republican Central Committee; Employed as an Event Coordinator for the Maryland Republican Party

Why are you interested in running for this office?: It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Carroll County. I enjoy solving problems for constituents and advocating for legislation that will improve our county. I have established great relationships at the state and local level and would like the opportunity to continue to build those alliances to benefit the citizens of Carroll County as we embark on the next four-year term. Under the leadership of Governor Hogan, a lot has been accomplished to change Maryland for the better but there is still much work to be done. I have a proven conservative track record during my time in office. I know I can be a great asset to our team as we move forward and continue to work hard to make positive changes in our state.

Explain why you are qualified for the office you seek: I feel that my life experience gives me a strong background to serve my constituents in the House of Delegates. I am a wife and a mom to four great kids. I have been a stay at home mom, a part time working mom and a full time working mom. I have a strong professional background in mortgage finance, real estate, human resources and recruiting. My experience in the corporate business world gives me a great perspective when looking at proposed legislation that will affect businesses. I understand that "one size fits all" solutions that are often proposed simply do not work in a practical sense in the business world. That voice is needed in those discussions. One of my passions over the past nine years has been to support our military who are transitioning from service to civilian life. When not in session I work for a Service Disabled Veteran Owned company where I spearheaded M2C, which are free transition workshops for veterans to help them in their job search. I am proud of my advocacy for our veterans in my continued volunteer work and legislation I have proposed during my term.

What are the three main issues you wish to address during your campaign and how do you plan to address them?

Tax Relief: Governor Hogan and many in our caucus introduced several bills to protect Maryland taxpayers from state and local tax increases resulting from the federal tax cut bill. Most Marylanders will see a federal tax decrease; however, the state and local taxes will increase to the tune of approximately $600 million. I pledge to continue to work on legislation that will return more of that tax money to the taxpayer. It is your money! I believe we can and should do more to give our citizens and business community more tax relief. This year we were successful in getting some tax relief for our military, first responders and correctional officers. We still need to work to eliminate taxes on retirement income for everyone. We also need to pass broad tax reform to benefit all of our businesses in the state so that they can thrive and grow. I believe in doing everything we can to truly make Maryland "Open for Business"!

Education: For the past two years, I have served on the Education Subcommittee in Ways and Means. I am very proud of my input on the school safety bill that we passed this year. Our children's safety is of paramount importance. This legislation will ensure that each school will have a School Resource Officer or other law enforcement officer inside our schools. This bill provides resources for school safety measures, training, school counselors and hiring of the personnel needed for this critical reform. In addition, I have been monitoring the Kirwan Commission as it continues to work on funding and education reforms. It is vitally important that we as parents and taxpayers see a true return on the investments we have made so far and for the future. I will continue to advocate for more opportunities in the areas of computer science, programming and related STEM fields. I believe in teaching our children useful skills to help them get a job. I will continue to support education in the trades and expanding apprenticeship opportunities so that our children will be equipped to be successful in the workplace. We need more local control and flexibility on education decisions.

Second Amendment: I am a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights. I believe Maryland should become a "Shall Issue" state. I have sponsored and co-sponsored over 25 pieces of pro Second Amendment legislation during my time in office. This year I sponsored legislation that would have established the presumption that all Active, Retired or Reserve Military members have a "good and substantial reason" to obtain a concealed carry permit. I co-sponsored bills to allow church members and some qualified teachers to be allowed to have their legally owned firearms in order to provide protection to our citizens. More legislation that restricts gun ownership from law-abiding citizens will make all of us less safe. I oppose bills that make our school campuses "gun free zones" which does nothing but make our children more vulnerable to criminals seeking to do them harm. We need to focus our efforts into putting criminals in jail and keeping them there rather than taking away the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.

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