Frederick County Councilman Billy Shreve (R) says he believes in term limits, which is why he’s running for election to represent District 3 in the Maryland Senate in 2018.
“I believe in term limits, so I’ve spent two terms at the county. I think there’s a lot more to be done. And I think Annapolis is the place to do it,” Shreve said on Friday.
“Donald Trump needs a voice in Annapolis,” and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan needs help to break the Democratic supermajority, said Shreve, whose campaign literature features the tag line “Trump Annapolis.”
A top priority in Annapolis would be to make the state more business-friendly, he said.
“We are competing with Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia. And we’re not even in the same league,” Shreve said.
While he didn’t see eye-to-eye with Hogan when the governor chose not to vote for President Trump in the 2016 election, Shreve said he would be a reliable Republican for the governor in the Senate chamber.
“The same things we did in Frederick County, I plan to do at the state,” Shreve said. “When you see something that’s messed up, you need to fix it. And at the state of Maryland right now, things are pretty messed up.”
Shreve said he and the Board of County Commissioners from 2010 to 2014 changed 300 rules, regulations, fees and taxes and started the new form of charter government.
“There’s no one else besides the guys that served with me that can ever say they did anything that monumental. Even the Founding Fathers, they just started a new government, they didn’t change an old one,” Shreve said.
Other priorities in the General Assembly would be continued support for programs to stem heroin and opioid abuse. He pointed to the Classmates4Life video contest that he started, which called on Frederick County Public Schools students to explore the negative effects of drug abuse. The video contest received state and national recognition.
“I’ve created the best education program in the history of the state, so I want to continue to work on that,” Shreve said. “... I want to go to Annapolis and do everything I can to stop our kids from dying because of overdoses.”
As an additional key priority, Shreve said he would work “to stop Maryland from becoming a sanctuary state.”
Shreve was joined on Friday night at an American Legion fundraiser headlined by Republican Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service officer who narrowly lost his 6th District race in 2014. The fundraiser benefited Shreve, County Council District 1 candidate Dylan Diggs and Delegate Mike McKay, who represents Washington and Allegany counties.
Bongino talked about his 2014 race and the door-knocking, grassroots efforts of his local supporters.
“We legitimately went out and knocked on doors. That’s the secret sauce,” Bongino said. “And that’s the touch I think these guys bring to the race. They’re just real people. They don’t go out there and speak in flowery political talk.”
Bongino touched on the state Republican party’s “Drive for Five.”
If the party — which currently has 14 of the 47 seats in the Senate — can add five more Republican senators, it would break the Democratic supermajority.
Bongino also told those in attendance that they’ll need to seriously organize to avoid a Democratic wave election inspired by positive results across the country — and state — last week.
“The Democrats are coming to play. They are not kidding around,” Bongino said. “They are going to show up in Maryland in a tidal wave you have never seen before. If you don’t show up and vote and drag 10 people with you, it is going to be a tsunami of blue here again, and you are going to pay the price.”
Shreve has not yet officially filed for ballot access, but says he has no intention to shift to a different race in the future.
Republican businessman Craig Giangrande filed to be listed on the 2018 ballot last month after announcing his candidacy in June. Current Democratic Sen. Ron Young has said he intends to seek re-election.
The 3rd Senate District includes southwestern portions of Frederick County, including the city of Frederick, Urbana, Point of Rocks and Adamstown.
The 2018 primary election is on June 26, 2018, and the general election is on Nov. 6, 2018.