Maryland Matters invited the 2022 candidates for governor to answer the following question:
In 300 words or less, please share your vision for your first 100 days in office. Please include individual policy priorities and specific actions you will commit to take if you are elected.
The response from Libertarian David Lashar:
In my first 100 days, my top priority will be to set both a new tone and a new approach for Maryland politics.
My tone will be one of respect and care toward all Marylanders, not only regardless of race, gender, sexuality, and religion… but also regardless of politics, wealth and other sources of division under the identity-driven politics of the modern Left and the modern Right. My approach will one of reason and calm on all issues, educating and persuading instead of denouncing and coercing.
Specifically, I will assemble a Cabinet that is genuinely inclusive, with members from both of the big parties as well as independents and fellow Libertarians. I will actively and respectfully engage with representatives in the General Assembly. Most important, I will regularly visit with our disadvantaged and distressed communities, so that I can be an informed and effective agent for reviving hope and bringing change.
On policy, my Lt. Governor (Christiana) and I will divide our attention between shorter-term actions and longer-term efforts.
Shorter term, we will move to roll back the gas taxes and sales taxes that bite hardest on lower-income Marylanders, especially during inflationary times. We will promote a vibrant democracy by protecting free speech, advancing term limits, limiting emergency health powers, and creating a commission to find the right balance between access to the ballot and confidence in election outcomes. We will redress injustices in the racial impact of the war on drugs by undertaking a review of non-violent drug offenders in state prisons.
Longer term, we will prioritize school choice, criminal justice reform, affordable housing, clean energy (and Bay!), and a favorable investment environment for small businesses and large corporations alike.
For more, please see our campaign website. And please watch for summertime policy statements.