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A s a proud Marylander and a descendant of our state’s founding father, I often remember growing up with a keen interest in government and the political process, asking my parents why our ancestors left Great Britain to settle in America. As my parents would often tell me, it was to seek religious freedom, a freedom many of us take for granted today. It was custom under English law to raise your family in the Anglican Church, due to England’s compulsory attendance in the established state church.
While Catholics were being prohibited from holding public office, Lord Baltimore had the bold vision to establish an English colony based on the principle of “Religious Tolerance.” Where Catholics and Protestants could serve together in Government. It was the Religious Tolerance Act that later established the separation of Church and State in the U.S. Constitution. That is why I am proud of Maryland’s rich cultural heritage and remain committed to restoring good government back to the state.
Today, we the people are at risk of losing our fundamental right of democratic equality, because of one political party has shut out all voices of dissent. Our democratic values must at all times be protected and preserved, or we risk losing them. My aim is to restore the fundamental values that our great state was founded upon, and restore a balanced approach to political debates in Annapolis.
While the state government continues to spend more than it generates in revenue, one of our greatest challenges is getting Maryland’s fiscal house in order. My top priority is to balance the budget. That will prudently keep spending in line with state revenue. If we do not get spending under control, we will be plagued with mountains of debt and unsustainable higher rates of taxation.
Over the next few months I hope to have the opportunity to meet you and listen to your concerns. You deserve to have a state government that merits your trust, confidence, and pride in Maryland. My hope is that you will join me in renewing the spirit that our great state was founded upon. Thank you for you support and friendship.
Meyer F. Marks