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?
Chapman: Yes I am and if elected I will fight for its passage. I am committed to funding associated reforms, because this is a common sense approach to promote one of our most valuable resources all Maryland’s students.
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?
Chapman: Maryland’s transportation spending is not adequately balanced. No I believe the state does not have the resources to meet its transportation needs and the Baltimore region is not served by transit.
Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?
Chapman: Yes, without harmful chemicals added to the end product, which could hopefully be an amendment or a part of the substance of a bill.
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?
Chapman: The state should go into the seafood business and take the sales to place back into the constant restoration of the bay, and with the sales tax of those items as well.
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
Chapman: All local jurisdictions create their own free health clinics and hospitals. A healthy community is a thriving community.
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
Chapman: I believe that community organizations that provide everyday life needs i. e. housing, gas and electric bills, parenting skills, job opportunities, reentry population assistance, with local, state and federal funding for street violence reduction organizations.
How would you characterize Maryland’s business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
Chapman: The business climate is now showing evidence of rebounding I believe will be more healthy in the future. The state must show more interest in creating women business enterprises, minority business enterprises, and pairing them with state money and used and unused real estate at low costs leases over a 10 year period. Also by creating a hub of virtual offices.
Do you support the creation of a non-partisan, independent body to draw legislative and congressional district maps after each census?
Chapman: Yes but I think that those people should come directly from the community “we the people”, under the supervision of a Federal Judge, that will explain the the mission of the independent body and answer any questions about packing districts to favor any party over the other.
Does the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights adequately balance protections for police and the public? Should it be changed, and if so, how?
Chapman: No it does not and we have to afford the public and the police protections that have a mirror image in the language of those protections. Any uneven protections furthers the argument, the legislative process can be the mechanism used to create intended or unintended consequences and the public and the police must be equal under the eyes of all law. The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states “ No State Shall Deny Equal Protections and the 42 U.S. C.A. 1983 Color of State Law operates under the premise that the government can not misuse or abuse their authority.
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
Chapman: The strategy I would use is expanding the Governor of Maryland’s cabinet by creating a Secretary level position, that would focus on linking street sales to the user and coming up with a battle plan to combat both. More importantly most cabinet level position that are appointed, sometimes lack street savvy knowledge to use as a tool combat the issues.
What if anything should the state do to address income inequality?
Chapman: The state should be in the business of developing new entrepreneurs and current entrepreneurs who are Maryland citizens.
Do the state’s Public Information Act and open meetings laws adequately ensure Marylanders’ ability to exercise oversight of the government?
Chapman: No ! because what if meetings are held that the public is not aware of, where the outcome of those meetings are used to circumvent the Public Information Act.