Creating Jobs in the 6th District
By Amie Hoeber, Candidate for U.S. Congress
Three weeks ago, Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) paid for a truck to circle the Maryland State House in Annapolis. The truck carried an enormous billboard that called on Gov. Larry Hogan to publicly denounce Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. The childish stunt earned the two-term congressman media coverage across the state, and no doubt many on the left were impressed. I was not.
Instead, I saw yet another indication that the third-richest member of Congress doesn’t care about his constituents in the Maryland’s 6th Congressional District and that he is merely using his current office as a stepping stone towards a gubernatorial bid in 2018. Rather than playing these attention-grabbing games, the 6th District deserves a Congressperson who works hard to address the challenges faced by his or her constituents. I am running to challenge Rep. Delaney for that very reason.
Our western counties – Allegany, Garrett and Washington – have been dealing with difficult economic conditions for many years, and even in the more prosperous Montgomery and Frederick counties small businesses and working families have struggled to stay afloat under the burden of high taxes and excessive regulations.
On the state level, Gov. Hogan has made some important first strides towards easing the tax burden shared by small businesses and struggling families, and he is also improving the regulatory environment in the state. Unfortunately, Rep. Delaney has been doing just the opposite at the federal level – pushing for increased taxes and a more intrusive government.
I want to change that.
As your Congresswoman, I will work to reduce and simplify federal taxes because I have seen first-hand how high taxes and regulations can hurt small businesses. I built a successful national security consulting firm not because of government intrusion, but in spite of it.
But bringing prosperity to the 6th District will take more than tax reform. That’s why I will also work hard to roll back Obamacare, ease EPA mandates, and cut through the miles of bureaucratic red tape which have collectively been strangling the Maryland economy for far too long. Such actions will result in more of our money staying in our local communities to build our local economies instead of financing government excesses in Washington.
Perhaps if Rep. Delaney had spent more time visiting 6th District voters, as I have, and less time self-promoting in Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, he would have a better understanding of what needs to be done to improve the local economy. As I have traveled the District, from Potomac to Oakland, I have learned about a number of the local issues that are crucial to the region’s economic success.
For example, I have learned that as a result of new Obama Administration policies, Garrett County may well lose its HUBZone designation. As Congresswoman, I will fight tirelessly to ensure Garrett County retains this status, which gives it priority in receiving Federal contracts.
In Allegany County environmental regulations handed down by the Obama Administration have had a serious impact on the local economy. Meanwhile, we have failed to develop new approaches and industries with a potential to create new and much needed jobs. First I will work to ease unnecessary environmental regulations and allow Allegany County to tap into the valuable natural energy resources it possesses, and second, I will work to find new alternatives for the economy there.
Just recently, I helped set up an agreement with a company in Montgomery County that trains people in cyber-security to interview workers who were recently laid off from the Volvo plant in Washington County. I believe that if we provide more workforce training, specifically training that is sponsored by companies that are hiring the trained workers, we can help create well-paying, high-tech jobs across the district.
In Frederick and Montgomery Counties the transportation infrastructure clearly needs attention so that the businesses already there can prosper and grow. I have already met with Maryland officials to learn about the processes that govern the prioritization of infrastructure projects and will work hard to ensure that the 6th District receives its due.
Although the needs vary from county to county, one message has been clear all throughout the Sixth District. Voters want a Representative who is committed to listen to their concerns and who will work hard to find meaningful solutions, not someone who will spend valuable time chasing a higher office.
I am that person. I hope you will agree and cast your ballot for me – Amie Hoeber – on April 26.
Submitted by the Amie Hoeber for Congress Campaign