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With the 2014 Election occurring Nov. 4 – and early voting at the Westminster Senior Center from Oct. 23-30 – I wanted to express my thanks to the voters of Carroll County for the honor of serving them the past four years and ask for their vote and support to continue.

Maryland has many natural advantages and, in many ways, is a great place to live. Unfortunately, we've seen an oppressive cost of living, high tax burden and a general "government always knows best" attitude that really sap families, job creators and retirees. My top priority has been – and will continue to be – working to make smart reductions and adjustments to our state budget, watch every dollar that is spent closely and support broad-based tax relief so people can afford to stay here and our businesses can grow and thrive.

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I've tried to be responsive to constituents and keep an open line of communication. Many voters that I've met or heard from have said they agree with the positions I've taken, but I have also sought out and met with people who have other opinions and ideas. If I am re-elected, that will continue to be one of my biggest priorities.

What's needed from Carroll County representatives to Annapolis is a principled commitment to efficient government and reducing the tax burden while also being effective in working with legislators in both parties to find common ground. My record shows that I've been able to pass bills that improve our government contracting and spending processes, phase out outdated patronage policies and give more opportunities to small businesses in Maryland, all with bi-partisan support. However, the ultimate test of effectiveness is not how many bills you pass, it's what you're able to do for your constituents in getting answers from state government, stopping bad policies from happening and speaking up for those who don't have a voice.

With your support, I want to continue doing that as one of your delegates. Respectfully, I ask for your vote for me, as well as Larry Hogan for Governor, so we can keep working to turn our state's economy around.

Justin Ready

Westminster

The writer is a Delegate representing District 5 and candidate for re-election.

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