Ryan Trout is a Democratic candidate seeking election to Maryland House of Delegates District 3A. The primary election is June 26.
Why are you running for office?
Frederick is my home; it is full of hard-working, kind people. But even in our wonderful city, workers, students, and families get left behind. This campaign is about bringing community and civic leaders, philanthropists, nonprofit and business leaders, and community champions together to create systemic social change. It is about ensuring every Marylander has the tools to be an active, engaged, and thriving member of our community. We all benefit when a child succeeds in school, when someone finds a job that will help them provide for their family, or when more people are able to access quality, affordable healthcare.
What’s the biggest issue facing Maryland’s District 3A? How would you address it?
Affordability. Wage growth has not kept pace with the rising costs of childcare, rent, college, or healthcare. These issues did not occur overnight. I will support efforts to increase wages for working families, stabilize rental markets, encourage partnerships between the state and local governments to invest in affordable housing, and expand universal pre-K statewide. These efforts will help provide economic certainty and security for Frederick’s working families.
What changes, if any, would you propose if elected?
As your delegate, I will support policies that:
• Ensure all children have access to high quality, affordable childcare and early learning.
• Promote research-based programs to reduce non-academic barriers to learning.
• Track education efforts with economic development initiatives to prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future.
• Incentivize the recruitment and retention of high quality educational and pupil support personnel.
• Expand the community school model to merge educational and social needs in a safe environment.
• Pursue college affordability by capping graduate repayments at 10 percent of the graduate’s disposable income.
• Seek a long-term universal healthcare system which covers health, dental, eye, and behavioral needs.
• Promote community-based models to combat the opioid crisis plaguing our community.
• Stand up against prescription drug increases to ensure seniors and families have access to the life-saving drugs they need.
• Ensure older adults have access to home and community-based supports in order to maximize their choice to age in place.
• Encourage policies and investments that support sector-based workforce partnerships that identify promising growth sectors in Frederick, and across Maryland, as well as aligning education, training, and workforce development programs to support these sectors.
• Support inclusive employment policies, laws, and regulations which prevent discrimination in the workplace.
• Promote a careful phasing out of benefits as incomes rise to allow families to build long-term financial stability.
• Champion policies and initiatives that aim to improve Maryland’s affordable housing options
What is one thing you would do differently from other challengers?
I envision serving as a convener on important issues. I would spend the time between legislative sessions convening and participating in collect impact work groups with local experts to share, learn, and tackle some of Frederick’s greatest challenges. Bringing community, civic, nonprofit, and business leaders together with community champions and neighbors can provide insights into needed legislative changes at the state level which I would champion.
How do you plan on working with people with views different from your own?
I spent my early career as a community mediator, helping families in disputes come to common agreements. I would use a similar frame of mind, seeking to understand common values and feelings regarding a specific problem. I would engage with those holding opposing views to understand their perspective and seek to help them understand mine. It is time that we understand that our own political enemies are poverty, hunger, housing insecurity, and other systemic issues facing our community and seek solutions, together.