Bob Long is one of three Republicans running for House of Delegates in Maryland's 6th Legislative District. According to his website, Long is or was at some point, a Youth Pastor, a Union truck driver, a builder, a real estate broker, a real estate consultant, and a small business owner. Long is the only Republican candidate in this district who's active on Twitter and Facebook. As a resident of the district, I was interested in his candidacy, so I asked him if he would be interested in participating in an email-based interview. His responses are as follows.
Matthew Newman: What made you decide to run for House of Delegates?
Bob Long: I felt that as a hard working business owner, I was not being represented in Annapolis. I have been a small business owner, tax payer and a resident of Maryland. I know that I will be an asset in Annapolis and serve the people of Maryland and that is why I stepped up to the plate.
MRN: How do you feel your experiences / background will help you in the House of Delegates?
BL: I have been a business owner/Real Estate Broker and Builder in Maryland. I have done consulting, I am a problem solver and I am not afraid of facing the hard questions or tasks and I do not take no for an answer and if no is the answer I ask why.
MRN: In 2010, Maryland voters will once again have the opportunity to vote to hold a Constitutional convention. Would you be in favor of a Constitutional convention?
BL: Yes, I would be in favor of a Constitutional convention.
MRN: If elected, what would be the first piece of legislation you would propose in the 2011 legislative session and why?
BL: To reduce or eliminate transfer tax for first time home buyers, this would help first time home buyers and help get the Real Estate market moving in the right direction.
MRN: What do you feel is the most pressing issue facing the State of Maryland today?
BL: Unemployment, immigration, economy.
MRN: Not a lot of candidates in Maryland like to discuss social issues. What is your stance on the current abortion regulations in Maryland?
BL: I am Pro-Life.
MRN: On your website - you mention that we need to "Fix Annapolis" by lowering taxes. What specific proposals do you have for tax relief for Maryland residents?
BL: I propose to charge a fee for all monies that are being sent out of Maryland to a different countries and to revamp tax assessments on Real Estate.
MRN: On your website, you mention that you want to improve integrity in Annapolis. How would this impact your legislative agenda?
BL: I am referring to my integrity and I will always do what is right and best for the people of Maryland.
MRN: How do you feel the recently passed health care reform legislation will impact state spending?
BL: The health bill is so complex, I don't think anyone really knows what impact it will have on any State, we know this much it will raise our taxes.
MRN: In closing, what is one thing you want to ensure potential voters know about your candidacy?
BL: I am an honest, hardworking and a problem solver. I will be represent the people of my district and Maryland and I will be pro-active not re-active.
Long had some of the most straightforward answers I've seen out of any candidate, and I appreciate that. He's very responsive when asked questions, fore xample: the same day that I request a lawn sign did one show up on my lawn. Long looks like an excited candidate ready to fight the status quo here in District 6. I look forward to meeting him at his "Red, White, and Vote" cookout event. If you are interested in learning more about his candidacy, check out his official website here.
Cross-posted to Old Line Elephant.