Name: Dan Cox
Political party: Republican
Where you live: Frederick County
Current occupation and employers (may also list up to two previous jobs you’ve held); if retired, list your last job and employer: small-business owner; attorney at law; state delegate
Political experience (public offices held and when; as well as unsuccessful campaigns for office and which years; do not include political party positions): member of House of Delegates since Jan. 9, 2019. President, Town Commission, Town of Secretary, Dorchester County, 2007-09. Republican nominee and candidate for U.S. Congress, District 8, 2016.
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1 – Why are you running for governor? (75 words max)
I will defend life, liberty and property. I have voted as state delegate for better pay for teachers and money to the classroom, and expanded school choice. Crime, illegal immigration, and the high Baltimore City murder rate are national security issues, and I will restore law and order. I will protect the unborn, our Second Amendment, and will restore freedom; those forcing masks or vaccines will be fined. I humbly ask for your vote.
2 – What is the most important issue in this race? How specifically would you address it? (100 words max)
Children (ending CRT and teaching American liberty and greatness), careers (inflation and taxes) and community safety (ending the scourge of crime in Maryland)
3 – What experience (work, political or other) has prepared you to be governor? (100 words max)
Standing up against the establishment of both parties to end lockdowns and mandates while demanding they reopen Maryland for business. Working as a town council president to ensure expensive Chesapeake Bay effluent standards and water quality were met as the Maryland Department of the Environment required, without raising taxes. Litigating for parents’ rights for 17 years and working to improve education for 27 years. Fighting crime and corruption as a constitutional attorney and state delegate; passing bills to stop government overreach and lower taxes; killing thousands of socialist bills seeking to burden our gun rights, free speech and parental rights.
4 – What is the most pressing health care issue in the state? How would you address it? (100 words max)
To ensure low cost coverage and lower premiums. I intend to open health insurance competition across state lines, so that Marylanders can purchase lower-cost premiums with the coverage they choose, so that government regulation and interference in our health care decisions is reduced.
5 – What is the most pressing public safety issue in the state? How would you address it? (100 words max)
Ending the revolving door allowing violent criminals to walk back onto our streets statewide and in Baltimore City. I have announced a comprehensive crime prevention/reduction plan that includes ending release without bail of violent criminals, taking charge of Baltimore City in a receivership with prosecutions and prison for violent criminals, ending the war on police by doubling pay and hiring officers statewide, and ending the sanctuary state policies.
6 – How well is the state addressing climate change? What would you do differently? (100 words max)
Horribly as we sit in traffic each day polluting by over five times the amount that would occur if we simply had wider roads. The law recently passed is a war on progress and energy and does nothing to protect the environment. I will immediately order a widening of our major commuting routes, such as I-270 and I-495, with existing easements and will do so without toll roads. I also intend to bring advanced small modular reactors (SMRs) to Maryland to increase the power of the our electric grid with 100% clean energy, a third or more of which is supplied by Calvert Cliffs, open all natural energy sources, such as oil and gas, by ending the moratorium and bringing a clean refinery to Maryland.
7 – What is one major issue Gov. Larry Hogan handled poorly? What would you have done differently? (100 words max)
COVID-19. I am the delegate who sued him to reopen Maryland and would have kept our state open without forced mandates, like Governors Kristi Noem and Ron DeSantis.
8 – Do you support widening interstates 270 and 495 and adding tolls? Why or why not? (100 words max)
Yes. I will widen I-270 and 495, along with improving all our infrastructure statewide, but no to tolls. Tolls are a tax on our right to travel and harm our working residents. We should not have to pay big international corporations the right to travel to our own government in Washington, D.C.
9 – Does Maryland have good open government laws? What, if anything, would you change? (100 words max)
Yes, but we need more transparency. As governor, I will order each government agency to provide reports and audits and will publish those online. All government meetings will be open for public access and information.
10 – What is your biggest accomplishment? (max 75 words)
For the last two years, I have fought to end the governor’s lockdowns, mandates and overreaching executive orders and have succeeded in both helping force him to reopen Maryland sooner than some states and preventing egregious vaccine passports and forced masking from remaining a mandate in Maryland. As governor, I will order an end to all such illegal and unconstitutional mandates and will fine any government official who tried otherwise.