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The Republican revolution hits Dundalk

The recent election was historic for Maryland. The citizens of Maryland voted in a Republican for governor and three new Republican county executives, District 6 is completely Republican now and there were many other Republican winners. There are now 14 Republican senators and 50 Republican delegates. The voters of Maryland made a statement to the Democratic Party that they have had enough of their tax and spend policies and are tired of watching businesses and manufacturing leave the state. Governor Elect Larry Hogan's message was to help businesses and to stop the tax increases. This was just what the citizens of Maryland wanted. We elected a businessman, not a politician. Now Mr. Hogan is traveling around the state thanking Maryland voters for supporting him.

The Sixth District has not had a Republican politician for the past 70 years. Residents woke up and saw that the promises of the Democratic party have not improved their town. Quite the contrary: They lost manufacturing and Bethlehem Steel which was the life support for them. They have been going down for years, while watching taxes going up, and were ready for change.

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Baltimore County's overwhelming support of MR. Hogan helped him win the election. This new wave of voting Republican has sent a message to the Democratic politicians. They are realizing that they can't continue raising taxes if they want to be re-elected. The Baltimore City Council just had a vote on a new tax proposed by Baltimore Councilman James B. Kraft, the bill's sponsor. He backed off the idea of charging a fee for plastic bags after the election. He noted the victory of Mr. Larry Hogan, who frequently criticized Democrats for passing too many taxes and fees.

The council voted to ban the bag instead of a new tax. The supermarkets are not happy with the ban because paper bags are more expensive which would still cost the consumer more when purchasing food. Even in cash-strapped Baltimore City, where a Republican hasn't been mayor since the 1960s, a new mayoral task force is studying possible tax cuts. They are now hesitant to create new taxes. This is why we need both Republicans and Democrats in the Maryland legislature. One-party rule gives too much control to the ruling party. Two parties slow down the process and encourage the politicians to listen to their constituents.

Even Republicans who were not successful in winning the election made a difference. The Democratic candidate had to work to win the election. Rudy Stoler ran for County Council and got over one third of the vote. He was able to make a name for himself and an awareness of the issues that without his candidacy the incumbent would have avoided issues such as the rain tax, voting for a pay raise, and pensions among other issues.

Now is the time for people who are registered as Democrats because they want to make a difference to switch parties. The Republican Party is the winning team and the place to make a difference for Baltimore and the state.

Ruth Goetz

The writer is a Baltimore County Republican Central Committee member.

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