Candidate for Maryland State Senate: Ron George
Name: Ron George
Family status: Married to Becky for 37 years, six children, seven grandchildren
Occupation: Owner, Ron George Jewelers.
Education: Bachelor of fine arts, Syracuse University; Master of science, Institute of Psychological Sciences; Bowman School of Jewelry Design and Manufacturing
Office being sought: State Senate, District 30
Party affiliation: Republican
First-time candidate? No.
Contact for voters: RonGeorgeStateSenate@gmail.com
Campaign website: rongeorge.us
What is the biggest issue facing your constituents?
Access. As a state delegate, I formed a line of communication to my constituents that allowed me to answer their needs. Most of the successful bills I put in, and the issues I addressed came from that communication; the need to repeal the tech service tax, or cap the boat excise tax, or drug free zones around rec centers; helping to create renewable energy parks; founding the Doctors Caucus to give them a voice on medical issues; campaign finance reform; physical and mental disability needs, etc. I will again openly ask anyone to call my cell or come to my store throughout the year and meet with me. They need that communication and open access. Its all about constituent service.
How would you address/fix that issue?
I have already started. Since August 2017, I have been going door to door and hearing their concerns. I ask that they tell me of a personal concern or problem they have and if their representatives have addressed or even know of that concern. I record it and begin work on what can be done once I am in office. It ranges from meeting an elderly person left caring for their grandchild, to traffic flow and other quality of life issues, to a small businesses being pushed out, long term health care, or more choices in education.
Why are you the best candidate?
I know my district. I spent the summers of my youth in the southern part of District 30 and have lived in Annapolis since 1981. I also represented this district for several years as a delegate. I know the different concerns of each area. My personal experience includes volunteering for many years as a inner city youth counselor; an educator at St. Mary's; running a successful small business (Ron George Jewelers); raised six children, built coalitions in the legislature; chairman of the Anne Arundel County Delegation; formed the Bi-Partisan Doctors Caucus; ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee; won non-partisan Legislator of the Year awards and built an office that was 1st in constituent service.
If elected, what legislation would be your priority? What would it do?
First:My personal priority this year would be: Legislation to answer traffic concerns on our peninsulas. It would also include adding sidewalks along certain state roads including Ridgley Avenue, Rowe Blvd, Forest Drive and Central Avenue in the Edgewater/Mayo portion.
It is a good example of how ideas and needs come directly from constituents. I have knocked on over 4,000 doors thus far and spend the time to here local concerns. This communication will not stop while I am in office. Access in important and my aides will be very responsive.
Of course, this "legislation" may require getting it in the transportation budget, but should be first put in as an individual bill to help with discussion and focus on the need.
There are so many large issues to address and I will be committed to restarting the Doctors Caucus and Physicians Advisory which I founded. This allowed our physicians to be part of the discussion on health care which was being driven more by insurance companies until I brought in the physicians. At the time, no graduates of Johns Hopkins for 8 years were staying on Maryland. We had the lowest reimbursement rate in the country. If one wanted a "health care" crisis, the drop in the number of physicians in Maryland was a serious concern leading to a crisis. There is more to do in this regard. Their front-line input on healthcare was missing and so needed. MedChi will tell you, the Doctors Caucus was a direct help in getting the reimbursement rate up.
But that is just one example. They also provided a voice on the exchange in Maryland and corrections needed, Turns out they were right.
Second:I will lead in support of Gov. Larry Hogan's initiatives for Maryland, that create jobs.
If you have any previous political experience, what was it and how will it help your campaign?
In addition, I served eight years as a state delegate representing District 30. My solution-oriented approach is why I was assigned to serve on the Ways and Means committee dealing with budget and tax issues, as well as being appointed to sub-committees on Education, Election Law, and Transportation I was also the Campaign Finance Reform Commission, the Waterways Work Groups, Chair of the Doctors Caucus, Veterans Caucus, Waterman's Caucus. I also was the chair of the Anne Arundel Delegation. I worked on non-partisan solutions and built bi-partisan support. All this has provided experience, knowledge and ability to work with others.will help.
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