Thanks to countless volunteers, contributors, neighborhood leaders, friends and supporters, I won the 2014 Republican Primary for District 42B and therefore will go into the General Election as one of the two Republican nominees for Delegate. My running mate for Delegate in the General Election will be Sue Aumann, whom I endorsed in the Primary. Sue is a three-term Delegate who is well liked by her constituents and highly regarded in Annapolis. Sue and I have known each other for at least 25 years. It will be a pleasure to run alongside Sue this Fall and then to serve alongside her in Annapolis.
The other member of the District 42B GOP legislative team is Dr. Tim Robinson. Tim is a recently retired anesthesiologist who lives in Timonium with his wife, Carolyn, and their children. There are no doctors in the State Senate right now, and with all of the health-related issues confronting our elected officials these days, we badly need Tim's expertise in the State Senate.
Our team is determined to fight for our communities at home and for real change in Annapolis. We desperately need real change in Annapolis. Over the past eight years, during a serious recession, the O'Malley/Brown Administration has increased State spending by $10 Billion (a 35% increase) and, to pay for all this spending, has raised taxes and fees 80 times. Today, there are 68,000 fewer jobs in Maryland than when O'Malley and Brown took office, and over 6,500 companies have closed or moved to other states. When O'Malley and Brown took over in 2006, Maryland had 12 Fortune 500 companies headquartered here; today only three remain. The result - in 2013, Maryland's economy had 0% growth, and Maryland's economy now ranks 44th of the 50 states. This is unacceptable. Simply stated, we are raising a lot of very well educated children, many of whom are going to have to move to other states in order to secure jobs with good career potential.
I was born and raised in Maryland and love my state. I am running for public office this year for the first time because I am very depressed about what is happening. The O'Malley/Brown policies are taking us down the wrong way down a dead-end street. Of course, Maryland is a heavily Democratic state, but even allowing for that, the pendulum has swung too far to the left, and it is critical to work effectively in Annapolis to move the pendulum back towards the center. I may be only one person, but I believe that I am one person who can make a difference.
Christopher R. West