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House of Delegates, District 5 candidate: Haven Shoemaker, Republican

Haven Shoemaker
Haven Shoemaker

Haven Neely Shoemaker, Jr.

Residence: Hampstead

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Age: 52

Website: www.havenshoemaker.com

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Facebook: facebook.com/haven-shoemaker-for-house-of-delegates

Profession: Attorney (26 years)

Current place(s) of employment: Law Office of Haven Shoemaker (22 years), House of Delegates (4 years)

Education: UMBC, BA '87; Widener University School of Law, JD '92

Community groups involved in: Westminster Baptist Church, Westminster Elks, 29th Division Association, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, Carroll County Bar Association, Hampstead Lions Club, 40/8

Past political experience: Hampstead Town Councilman (1997-2003), Mayor of Hampstead (2003-2010), Carroll County Commissioner (2010-2014), Maryland House of Delegates (2015-present).

Why are you interested in running for this office?: Four years ago, I ran for Delegate to get government off people's backs and out of their wallets. Thanks to Governor Hogan's leadership, we've done just that. And although we've made considerable improvement, there's still plenty to do. We need to achieve more in the way of tax relief for our citizens, eliminate wasteful spending, reduce red-tape and reduce fees. In fact, in endorsing my candidacy, Governor Hogan said this: "Haven Shoemaker has been a crucial ally in our battle to change Maryland. I need him to stay in Annapolis to fight for lower taxes and against wasteful spending."

Explain why you are qualified for the office you seek.: I have been able to achieve quite a bit for the citizens of Carroll County over the last 4 years. I've gotten significant legislation passed to reduce the standardized testing of our students. My Republican colleagues have elevated me into a leadership position during my freshman term, and my Carroll County colleagues have made me Chairman of the Carroll House Delegation. Having managed my own small business for almost a quarter century, and my public service experience at the municipal, county and state levels all help to provide me with the experience I need to be an effective legislator.

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

Taxes. Maryland's taxes are still entirely too high. I have fought alongside the Governor to get a modicum of tax relief for law enforcement, firefighters and military retirees. We need to secure additional tax relief for all retirees, and Marylanders generally, so that we don't lose folks (as we did under O'Malley) to more tax-friendly states. We've made substantial progress in getting rid of the stupid and silly rain tax, but there's plenty left to do.

Second Amendment. Presently, there's a concerted effort to trample on law-abiding folks' constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. I have been an outspoken defender of our citizens' rights in this regard, and vow to continue to do so in my next term, should I be re-elected.

Illegal immigration. We are a nation of immigrants. We are also a nation of laws. I have no objection to folks coming to this great nation to live, provided they do so legally. In the last couple of years, there have been bills introduced in the Maryland General Assembly to make Maryland a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants. I have vocally resisted those efforts and will continue to do so should the people re-elect me.

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