Do you support the findings of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education? Are you committed to funding associated reforms, and if so, how?
Campbell: Education should be a priority in Maryland , it gives our citizens the ability to go out and compete for jobs. I believe that higher percentage of lottery revenue should be earmarked for education. The money should be used as additional funding and we need to ensure that the money budgeted for education originally is spent on education and nothing else.
Is Maryland’s transportation spending appropriately balanced between roads and transit? Does the state have the resources to meet its transportation needs? With the cancellation of the Red Line and the advent of BaltimoreLink, is the Baltimore region adequately served by transit?
Campbell: Maryland spending appears to be balanced. The state has been updating the highways over the last decade to meet our needs. The BaltimoreLink has been getting some positive feed back however, I feel that more time is needed to see out it is working in the best interest of the citizens.
Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?
Campbell: I support legalization of marijuana. Currently the criminalization of marijuana only benefits criminal enterprises. If marijuana is legalized law enforcement can focus resources on serious drugs. Legalizing marijuana would make it harder for juveniles too obtain it, currently they can purchase marijuana from the local drug dealer.
At a time when the federal government’s commitment to Chesapeake Bay restoration is questionable, what new steps should Maryland take to protect this resource?
Campbell: We should offer tax incentives for individuals and companies that implement environmental changes like installing rain gardens or recycling.
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
Campbell: Maryland has already taken steps with passing a bill that would establish the reinsurance program. The state should build off of this and continue to protect affordable healthcare for the citizens.
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
Campbell: As many of our tourist flock to Baltimore the state should play an advisory role in addressing the violent crime. The state should lend its law enforcement resources to Baltimore in the form of intelligence and man power.
How would you characterize Maryland’s business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
Campbell: Offering better business incentives as well as fostering entrepreneurship from within the state would grow Maryland’s business climate.
Do you support the creation of a non-partisan, independent body to draw legislative and congressional district maps after each census?
Campbell: Yes I believe this would allow for accurate representation.
Does the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights adequately balance protections for police and the public? Should it be changed, and if so, how?
Campbell: The bill should be changed so that an outside agency should handle complaints. Although there may be bias perceived no matter what law enforcement agency investigates complaints the results may be believed if it doesn’t come from the accused’s own agency.
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
Campbell: Work on legalization of marijuana, all the resources wasted on marijuana prohibition reinvested in fighting opioids.
What if anything should the state do to address income inequality?
Campbell: Offer job training programs and affordable education. Find ways to get people access to quality jobs.
Do the state’s Public Information Act and open meetings laws adequately ensure Marylanders’ ability to exercise oversight of the government?
Campbell: Yes, people have tyne opportunity to participate in their government if they choose to.