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 Doug Gansler (D):
As your two-term attorney general and the most experienced candidate in the field, I know how to work the levers of government to accomplish bold policies.
The top priority of government is to keep its people safe and that is precisely what I will do.
As a federal, state, and local prosecutor for 22 years, and the only person in the field with any background in bringing crime down and lifting justice up, I am uniquely qualified to make Maryland safe. Among other things, we will hire 1,000 new police officers for the streets, all of whom will be trained in de-escalation; place a school resource officer in every school to keep your children safe; put 10,000 lights on the streets of Baltimore; laser-target the prosecution of gun crimes; establish drug and domestic violence courts in all 24 jurisdictions; and fully implement community prosecution and community policing throughout Maryland.
As I did when I spearheaded the state effort for marriage equality, I will demonstrate the courage to be a brick wall in our defense of the reproductive rights of women.
Together with the first Black woman to serve as Maryland’s lieutenant governor, former Hyattsville Mayor Candace Hollingsworth, we will ensure access to opportunity for all Marylanders through affordable housing, mental and public health care, jobs, and a first-rate education.
Finally, the environment was my top priority as attorney general; we will catapult Maryland to be the East Coast leader in the fight against climate change. This includes supporting mass transit projects such as the Red and Purple lines, the Southern Maryland and the Shady Grove/Frederick light rail, and Metro crossing the Wilson Bridge.
For any of this to happen, we need to nominate a pragmatic, pro-business and pro-law enforcement Democrat who can actually defeat Republican Kelly Schulz.