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  • My positions

    I will work to preserve the heritage, values and way of life I found on arriving here 30 years ago. Faith, family and community are the basis for a good society, and they are disappearing across the nation. We must nurture them here in Talbot County.

     

    Recognized by the Talbot Integrity Project, for my “vision of Talbot as a sustainable rural County” and commitment “to protecting Talbot’s unique character.”

     

    Endorsed by Councilwoman Laura Price

     

    The only County Council candidate endorsed by Maryland Right to Life.

     

    Endorsed by the editors of the Chesapeake Observer.

     

    Supported by Sheriff Joe Gamble

     

    We must do a better job of managing growth

    The proposed housing and commercial developments at Lakeside in Trappe and along Oxford Road would lead to excessive population increases and burdens on public services. They would drastically change the character of Talbot County. Expenditures for schools, public safety, water and sewer and other services would exceed added tax revenues. Open land would be paved over. Traffic congestion on and crossing Route 50 and the Easton Bypass would be even more dreadful. These developments must be stopped or scaled back before there is irreparable harm.

    Our heritage is threatened

    I led the fight to prevent the history of the Civil War in Talbot County from being erased. It was a sad day for our county when the Talbot Boys were taken down. The politics of grievance and victimhood won out over commonsense. We must not let that happen again. If elected, I pledge to introduce a resolution to construct a monument with statues of Confederate and Union soldiers where the Talbot Boys stood.

    Our police officers must be protected

    Legislation passed last year in Annapolis would make it more difficult and risky for our police officers to do their jobs. I will make sure that the new review boards are made up of fair-minded citizens, and support competitive pay and benefits for all public safety personnel

    Schools are at a critical point

    Our school board must be more transparent and respect the rights of parents to made decisions about their children's education, health and moral development. The County Council has authority over the school budget, and we can use that power to ensure that offensive and wasteful programs and expenditures are eliminated.

    Budgets and taxes

    We must contain expenditures if we are to avoid raising taxes. Inflation and mandates for increased spending on schools coming down from Annapolis make that very hard. Democrats have thrown out many ideas for increasing spending. My experience as an economist and at the Congressional Budget Office give me the experience needed to manage budgets, review programs, set priorities and root out waste. I do know that unmanaged growth is not the answer, because new developments can cost more for added services than they bring in tax revenues.

    Healthcare is inadequate

    Easton hospital is antiquated, with 5 to 7 hour wait times in the emergency room. We have a severe shortage of doctors and other medical professionals. New residents, especially the elderly, cannot find primary care physicians. Shore Health System is failing our needs, and I will do my best to introduce competition to their monopoly on health care.

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  • about me

    Living in Talbot County

    My wife Esther and I first came to Talbot County in the early 90s, and we lived on the Miles River for about 20 years, spending as much time here as we could with me still working in Washington DC. We loved the water, and sailed and kayaked. Since I had always lived in cities, it was exciting to take up skeet shooting and hunting, and get to know friends whose families have been in Talbot County for many generations. We came to love Talbot County as it was and is, and want to make sure its heritage and rural character are preserved. About 10 years ago we become full-time residents and became involved in politics and community affairs. I was asked to take over as President of the Republican Council, and we put on some influential seminars that even convinced the Star Democrat to endorse then-candidate Hogan. I was Deputy Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus at Saints Peter and Paul and active in other organizations. Esther was a Navy nurse, we are on the board of the Navy League and hold season tickets to Navy football games.

    Background

    In addition to my love for the county, I offer the experience and expertise needed to address our current challenges. To preserve I our open spaces, beautiful waters, and sense of community, we must restrain unreasonable growth, care for the Bay, maintain public safety and improve schools. And we must try to do all that without raising taxes, despite inflation and state mandates for more spending.

     

    I have a PhD in economics from Harvard, and started my career teaching at the California Institute of Technology. I left academics because I thought I could do more good by actively engaging in making policy. I held senior positions in the US Department of Energy, Department of Defense and as Assistant Director of the Congressional Budget Office. I left government in 1990 and moved into the private sector. There I worked with clients who wanted to reduce the burdens of taxes and regulation and to control government spending.

     

    Most of my career has been devoted to designing policies that accomplish real results with minimum burden and cost. That is what I have taught and it is what I did in government and private sector. I am good with numbers, as I headed government agencies and a consulting practice where we dug deep into the cost and economic impacts of proposed regulations and government policies. That expertise is needed in Talbot County.

     

    Incidentally, that experience has made me an expert on so-called "clean" energy and on the oil and gas industry. I can tell you with the authority of four decades of experience that the only way to reduce energy prices and weaken Russia to let the U.S. start producing oil and gas again. Biden's war on oil and gas and Green energy policies are responsible for the high price of gasoline, and the Green agenda for Talbot County supported by my Democrat opponents would just make things worse for us.

    Read My Thoughts

    Two friends and I founded an online journal of public policy called The Chesapeake Observer. I have published a number of articles there, and to learn more about my thinking on economic, social and political topics, click the Chesapeake Observer link above. I explained the dangers of CRT before it became a household word, the costs of the Green New Deal when it was a fantasy, and the benefits of tax reductions. I also wrote for the Talbot Spy for several years, and I am also pleased with some of those topics. I am easy to find there, check the Talbot Spy link. On looking back on the Spy, I realized that those articles could be reprinted today and be just as relevant. Someday I will add a link to the article that led to parting ways with the Spy: in it I condemned those who are grooming teens to question their sexual orientation and gender, and brought the sky down on my head.