Eve Hurwitz

Eve Hurwitz
  • Democrat
  • Age: 45
  • Residence: Annapolis

About Eve Hurwitz

Education

I attended public schools K-12 and graduated from Rutgers College, Rutgers University, with a degree in Music (Vocal Performance). I was a third of the way into an MBA in Accounting when 911 happened and I joined the Navy. I graduated in top of my class at Officer Candadidate School, then went through flight school and earned my wings as a Naval Flight Officer. Once in the fleet, I received graduate level training at the Airborne Mission Commander Course in Fallon, NV, and at the School of Aviation Safety in Pensacola, FL.

Background

I am a Certifed QuickBooks ProAdvisor and owner of a full-service business bookkeeping and consulting business. I have 24 years of experience in the accounting field, including eight years of active duty military service, where I continued working with QuickBooks. I am a Naval Flight Officer, Advanced Mission Commander, and Aviation Safety Officer, among other qualifications and roles. After entering the Navy Reserve, I started my own business helping small businesses use QuickBooks to make their digital bookkeeping match reality. I am also on the board of several nonprofits - March On, March On Maryland, Maryland NORML, and The Milky Way Foundation.

Questionnaire

1
Kirwan
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?
Hurwitz: The Kirwan Commission produced a report that is an excellent guide to begin the process of improving our state education system. We need to pay our teachers, and we need to address the education gap in Maryland. We can start by ensuring that casino revenue be set aside in a special fund for education and fulfill the promise to voters. I intend to help get the referendum passed in November; we need to send a message from the ballot box to our elected officials that education is our priority. We need to continue to build awareness about it and make sure people vote on it in November.
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2
Transportation
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?
Hurwitz: Maryland’s transportation system is not adequately serving the needs of our growing communities. We need to improve our transit system to ensure that more Marylanders have access to efficient public transportation. Investing in better, cleaner mass transit will lessen the environmental impact of commuters on our state’s ecosystem.
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3
Marijuana
Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?
Hurwitz: 64% of Maryland voters support legalization. It’s time to listen to the people. I supported the bill in the 2018 legislative session to put legalization on the ballot as a referendum, because many legislators no longer truly represent the people, so it’s time for the people to speak on the issue directly and be heard. And in states with legal marijuana, opioid overdoses are reduced by 25%.
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4
Chesapeake Bay
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?
Hurwitz: We should immediately take steps to implement the Chesapeake Bay Program at a state level. We need to track Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and implement Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP). Then we need to fund the programs that will cover the gap.
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5
Health Care
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
Hurwitz: I support the development of a universal healthcare system for Marylanders. We can look at a system that we are already paying into as part of the solution. Tricare is the military healthcare system; most of our taxes go to I believe that we as citizens should have the right to receive TriCare at cost from the Federal Government. The TriCare system is already prepared to provide care for all ages and genders, and I believe we have the right to access that care.
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6
Crime
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
Hurwitz: The best way to fighting crime is a multifaceted approach. By giving people who have no good opportunities a lawful way to survive, would be most effective in the long term. Revitalizing Baltimore manufacturing centers would provide good paying jobs. “Banning the Box” to allow felons who have paid their debts to society to get a job and not return to an unlawful lifestyle out of need. Youth outreach would be key, the State should increase funding for community centers, after school, and summer programs to give the youth of Baltimore a safe place to go away from the gangs, and be given the tools and values they need to live in society. Gang outreach would need to be increased to try and get young men and women out of the gangs for good and become productive members of society.
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7
Business Climate
How would you characterize Maryland’s business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
Hurwitz: Maryland is a favorable climate for medium and large corporations. Maryland’s small business need a boost. We need to make sure that small businesses have access to the capital that they need to thrive. Maryland can foster cooperation between the banks, larger cooperations and small businesses. Developing agile corporate mentorship programs will boost small businesses will spark innovation and create jobs. Additionally, we need to make banking laws more friendly towards small business.
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8
Redistricting
Do you support the creation of a non-partisan, independent body to draw legislative and congressional district maps after each census?
Hurwitz: Yes, this sounds very reasonable.
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9
LEOBR
Does the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights adequately balance protections for police and the public? Should it be changed, and if so, how?
Hurwitz: Law enforcement officers should be afforded the same protections as all citizens – officers are NOT above the law. And our criminal justice system must be completely changed and dramatically simplified. We need to have more public visibility to what happens within our justice system. We can begin by including ordinary citizens in the disciplinary hearings. Too frequently police are called to respond to non-criminal situations and the results can be tragic. We are incarcerating disproportionate numbers of minorities and the current standards and systems we use including the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights may be contributing significantly to the current criminal justice crisis.
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10
Opioids
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
Hurwitz: We have to look at the root causes of addiction, which leads to a multi-pronged strategy: addressing the overprescribing of opioids, increase funding for beds, and finally, we need to practice empathy with logic. The opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety; it’s connection. I propose that we emulate military organizational structures like the Fleet and Family Support Center, which offers an abundance of services for military members and their families, including every kind of counseling. Bringing communities together, and neighboring ones
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11
Income inequality
What if anything should the state do to address income inequality?
Hurwitz: Developing educational systems that support workers that deliver value to our economy. We need to develop more programs for addressing families in transition. Too often a medical, legal or criminal event can leave a family unbalanced. We need to build back connection in our communities. We need to implement technical training programs that teach small business innovation through agile industry-based partnerships. Through these programs we can build sustainable communities that are innovative, resilient, and ecologically sound.
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12
Transparency
Do the state’s Public Information Act and open meetings laws adequately ensure Marylanders’ ability to exercise oversight of the government?
Hurwitz: Not really, if a developer can get as many waivers for meetings as they need from the local governments. The open meeting law allows for “administrative” but the term is left intentionally vague. Could issuing a waiver for a developer be considered an administrative function? As such, is a public hearing needed? Also, how could the public to even know what goes on in these meetings the written minutes are sealed then can be legally destroyed in 5 years.
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