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Candidate Survey: Michele Gregory for State Senate, District 38
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Office Sought *
District, if applicable *
Political Party *
Delaware Tech and Delaware. Did not graduate.
Full time caregiver to my disabled son. Also current city council
Political Experience *
Chair of Wicomico Dem. DCC and Salisbury City Council
Social Media Accounts *
Why are you running for office? *
To help expand healthcare options and accessibility to those on the lower shore, improve transportation links for people in the area that have been neglected of this for years upon years, improve standards to environmental needs the lower shore so desperately seeks, etc.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why? *
Elizabeth Warren, primarily because she doesn't just talk to talk, she has a plan in place for every policy rollout available.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why? *
The Politics Industry, by Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter. This is my favorite book because it breaks down where the modern day political system has gone wrong in regards to money in politics and lack of collaboration .
What will be your top priority in office? *
Anything healthcare related. Expanding options, protecting people from price gauging, making sure all people have full coverage and true access to providers, where they don't have to travel multiple hours to a specialist.
What is the biggest issue facing your area? *
Similar answer to above. Equally, major lack of economic opportunity. Options are limited in this area for work. Wages tend to be very suppressed around the lower shore and people seem to have a hard time getting ahead here in general
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland? *
Specific to the lower shore, the three main issues: Healthcare, Education, Environmental are the top kitchen table issues in this area.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide) *
Support both, however with assisted suicide this issue can be a delicate topic for those in the disabled community.
What is your position on taxes and spending? *
While we have an economic center that brings in tax dollars to the state (OCMD) the neighboring counties do not benefit from this cash flow, yet we see this money being spent across the shore in areas like Annapolis and throughout Mont. County. With that noted, it is time to level the playing field for these surrounding communities on the lower shore.
What is your position on gun rights? *
I believe there should be a full regulation overhaul legislatively, however responsible gun owners should have a right to own firearms, with standards for mental health care check ups and other precautions.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana? *
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol? *
What is your position on land use, growth, and development? *
As far as land use and development are concerned, we need to develop more compactly for economic accessibility and environmental reasons. As far as growth overall is regarded housing is one example of something desperately needed. With that, we should stop the growth of strip malls and invest more within communities like downtown Salisbury for more direct economic prosperity.
What is your position on crime and public safety? *
Police officers should go to trial if they shoot someone, but defunding isn't an option, instead funding education programs for things like community policing are the steps we should take moving forward. We should have the state supply grant options for mental health care workers to be apart of police ride alongs and call ins when the option of a firearm could be in the mix.
What is your position on county tax caps? *
If revenue cap is the question, I oppose the tax caps.
For candidates for the General Assembly: Legislators can receive $101 per day for lodging and $47 per day for meals during the 90-day General Assembly session. If elected, do you plan to accept these benefits? Why or why not?
Yes, because I'll have to live in Annapolis during session and it cost money to do that and being away from my home, community, and district, in order to represent, them I only find this fair. Salisbury is not a quick trip to Annapolis.
Was Joe Biden legitimately elected President of the United States in the November 2020 Election? *
Do you pledge to accept the results of your election? *