Cynthia L. Foley, Republican: Chose not to answer the question
Robin Bartlett Frazier, Republican incumbent: Businesses and families are still struggling in today's economy. Seniors on fixed incomes are having trouble paying their taxes, small businesses are hesitating to expand due to the uncertainty of inviting new code requirements and the unknown of the effects of ObamaCare, plus never-ending new fees, taxes, water/sewer increases and regulations. Seniors and families are working two and three jobs to keep up with the rising costs. The county should focus on retaining the businesses we have, and finding relief for families. The same actions that help us retain business will help us attract new business and give Carroll families relief. We need to reduce taxes, look for solutions to rising utility costs, find ways to be more efficient in county government so local bureaucracy doesn't grow and push back on over-reaching regulations and policies, like the "Rain Tax."
Jackie Jones, Democrat: Suggest the development office closely work with the Maryland Development Office. Add a little more funding to be able to do more of an outreach, locating businesses to transfer to Carroll County. I'd like to see more agriculture related businesses.
Tina Mawhinney, Republican: To promote more economic development and job growth in Carroll County I would solicit businesses outside the county and let them know of all the empty space we have available that has infrastructure in place and affordable rent.
Stephen Albert Wantz, Republican: We currently have a very strong and active economic development office and I would assure they continue and even step up their efforts with any support needed. I would support our Career amd Tech Center and the Carroll Community College to assure local job and education training reaches our local job market. I would improve communication by working regularly with our municipalities and their economic development efforts to support main street development. I will work with the Chamber of Commerce and associated small business organizations. I would work to streamline permit and inspections procedures and eliminate or lower tax rates for certain industry. I would sit down with bankers and Realtors to fill empty buildings to allow for balance in our communities. Most importantly, funding education because its one of the main reasons businesses and families relocate here.