Candidate Survey: Tashi Kimandus Davis for Congress, District 7
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Tashi Kimandus Davis
County of Residence *
Office Sought and District *
Congressional Representative, Maryland, Seventh District
Political Party *
Program Manager, NAVAIR, U.S. Navy
Political Experience *
None, only what I've learned while wearing the uniform of a Servicemember and Police Officer.
Social Media Accounts *
tashidavisforcongress@ Facebook, IG, Twitter, Tik Tok
Why are you running for office? *
I have been in the service of this great Nation and its (greater) People for more than a quarter-century now. I serve still and will continue to do so for our great District. I will take these years of service and experience to Washington, with an understanding and reminder that there's still some of us who know what it means and takes to be a part of something bigger than yourself!
Who do you consider your political role model, and why? *
President Abraham Lincoln. To understand that dividing this nation would only weaken it. To understand that all men and women have the right to live equal and free. And to fight one of the deadliest wars, in our nation's history, in defense of those ideals, makes him my political role model. And now more than ever, we need someone in Washington who understands and remembers this!
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why? *
The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene. It serves as a sound and true guideline for governing with honor and humility. I use some of it's teachings while in my leadership role.
What will be your top priority if elected? *
Education Reform: Our state of Maryland ranks 2nd, in the Nation, in Education. However (and once again), our Baltimore fails to place a public High School in the top 10 (statewide) or in the top 600 (Nationally). Even with a steady population decline over the past few years, our District remains among the largest in the state of Maryland. So, we should not be finding ourselves on the outside, looking in, when it comes to top-tier education. And Baltimore certainly should not rank among the lowest, when it comes to High School graduates (70%). If elected, my office will fight for (increased) Federal funding, for an overhaul of our District's School systems and the curriculums they administer. I would pursue a renewed focus on Trade and Vocational schooling, with a focus on today's workforce requirements and certifications (HVAC, Basic Supply Chain Management, to name a few). With the Governor’s removal of four-year degree requirements and Mayor Scott’s commitment to revitalizing Baltimore’s role in Transatlantic trade, a reformed curriculum and school system will be key to our youth's inclusion in the District's future. Gun Violence: Sadly, about 12 out of every 100K Marylanders die due to gun violence annually, with Baltimore surpassing 330 homicides (22’), and with over 726 shootings. And this year promises to be no different, with 68 homicides (as of mid-March). We have to be more honest about our District's approach to crime-prevention and gun-control, because the results show anything but (prevention or control) at this point. If elected, my office will pursue (increased) Federal funding, to reform our approach to Law enforcement, hire more Police Officers, and better equip and train our existing force. As a former Police, I was constantly reminded that, a Police Department is only as strong as the Community it serves. My office will also push for funding to strengthen our communities through youth programs as well, for they are (sadly) where a large portion of District's crime and violence begins. Continued COVID Treatment and Assistance: The COVID Pandemic exposed the weaknesses in our (overall) general health, welfare, and healthcare industries, it also exposed the unmitigated flaws in our education system, when it came to the mental health of our children. Sadly, many of our Educators lacked the training and ability to counterman the COVID crisis, and the lasting effects, of the past two years, will reverberate through the many that will follow. In addition to our lapsing education, we saw our business shuttering at an alarming rate. With many not returning. If elected, my office will pursue Federal funding, to ensure our lost and affected are not forgotten.
What are the three biggest issues facing your district? *
Lacking Education, Rampant Violent Crime, Vacant Properties
What are the three biggest issues facing our country? *
Political Party division, economic disparity, and lack of trust and faith in our public officials/servants
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide) *
I am Pro Choice and am for a person's right to choose to end their life, when facing terminal illness and/or suffering.
What is your position on taxes, spending, and the federal deficit? *
I believe that our wealthiest should pay higher taxes. However, I also believe that demanding them to do so is counterproductive. These men and women have the best lawyers in the world and can drag any litigation out for years. Perhaps an alternative to taxes, like them funding urban renewal programs, will better serve the Country.
What is your position on gun rights? *
I am a gun owner and am licensed to carry (concealed) in the state of Maryland. I believe in the 2nd Amendment and a (qualified and investigated) citizen's legal right to own and carry a gun.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana? *
I have seen the medicinal qualities of marijuana at work (Lyme Disease, anxiety, etc.). I support the legalization of marijuana.
What is your position on trade? *
As we have seen over the past two years, the requirement for goods and logistics has exceeded the requirement for money. Covid has reminded us that trade is important between Nations and should continue.
What is your position on foreign policy and military issues? *
As we watch a war play out before our eyes, it serves to remind us that the U.S. needs to reaffirm our military position in the world. Our allies will only become stronger if we show them how to be, and by leading by example.
Would you support the passage of the Human Life Amendment? *
Would you support the passage of the Balanced Budget Amendment? *
Do you support D.C. Statehood? *
Do you support retrocession of the District of Columbia into Maryland? *
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? *