Dereck E. Davis Election Q&A & Biography

Original Source | By: Gazette

Name: Dereck E. Davis

Address: 11008 Royal Grant Circle Mitchellville, Md. 20721

Neighborhood of Residence: Woodmore West

Date of Birth: June 6, 1967

Occupation: Deputy Director, Prince George’s County Office of Community Relations

Education: M.P.P. 1999, BA 1989

Marital Status, Children: Married, two children

Number of years at your current home: 10

Political Party: Democratic

Previous elected/campaign experience: 5-term delegate

Committee/board memberships:

Campaign website: www.dereckdavis.org

Campaign email address: davis.dereck@gmail.com

1. What would your top priorities be as an elected official?

As an elected official, my top priorities would be providing our children with an education that will allow them to compete in a global economy, creating a business climate in which companies will want to locate or relocate to Maryland which will grow our tax base, and providing quality and affordable health care for all.

2. Why should people vote for you instead of your opponents?

The voters should support me if they desire proven, battle-tested leadership. As the chairman of the House Economic Matters Committee, I have been in the forefront of many critical issues facing our state including raising the minimum wage, requiring electric companies to provide affordable and reliable electricity, and rewriting mortgage lending laws to combat foreclosures.

3. What do you think of Maryland’s state budget? If you think there should be cuts, where should they be? If spending should increase, where is it needed?

Maryland’s state budget is socially responsible and fiscally prudent. We are one of just a handful of states with the coveted AAA-bond rating which is a testament to our stewardship. Over the past eight years, more than a billion dollars has been trimmed to meet economic realities. As our economy continues to improve, I would like to see more money dedicated to K-12 education, citizens with developmental disabilities, and workforce development.

4. What changes, if any, would you make to Maryland’s tax structure?

Regarding Maryland’s tax structure, I strongly support combined reporting and internet sales taxing. At some point in an improved economy, I believe we need to lower our corporate sales tax to attract businesses and become more competitive with our surrounding states.

5. What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

The state’s number 1 priority should be the financing and construction of the Purple Line. The state should also focus on mass transit in our high density population centers. Finally, the state needs to focus on road and bridge repairs as our infrastructure is deteriorating.

6. What, if any, is the government’s role in helping residents get back on track in the wake of the recession? What level should the minimum wage be?

The minimum wage should be $10.10 an hour, phased-in over the next three calendar years. The government’s role is to provide reasonable financial assistance to those who have been harmed the most by the economic downturn and to provide businesses, particularly small businesses, with access to capital so they can continue to provide jobs and opportunity for the workforce.

7. Should marijuana be legal in Maryland for medicinal or recreational use?

Marijuana, in a tightly controlled setting, should be legal for medicinal purposes. While I support the decriminalization of marijuana, I do not support the legalization of it.

8. What is the most pressing environmental issue in Maryland? How would you address it?

“Black Liquor” is the most pressing environmental issue facing Maryland. It is a carbon-intensive byproduct of the paper milling industry and it generates planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane emissions on par with coal. It also generates health-hazardous emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, arsenic, and lead at levels greater than or equal to fossil fuels according to research by the environmental community. I supported House Bill 747 which would have removed black liquor as a Tier-1 Renewable Energy Credit and subsequently promoted clean energy sources like wind and solar.

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