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2014 Questionnaire
For Candidates Running for Local Government Office

Progressive Maryland is a grassroots advocacy organization that defends the interests of Marylands
working families. We have over 23,000 members and supporters statewide and over 40 of Marylands
strongest labor, civil rights, faith and like-minded organizations as affiliates. We maintain offices in
Silver Spring and Baltimore. Learn more at www.ProgressiveMaryland.org
Progressive Maryland supports candidates who favor a pro-working family agenda that builds a
strong middle class in Maryland. Elections can have an enormous impact on our work to reduce
income inequality and improve the lives of working families in Maryland. It is our responsibility to
advocate for working families by engaging in the political process and we do so utilizing our vast
membership base, electronic communications and professional door-to-door canvass.
To be considered for Progressive Marylands endorsement, please return the completed
questionnaire to our Executive Director Kate Planco Waybright at Kate@progressivemaryland.org no
later than noon on Monday, April 28, 2014. Your responses will be available to the public at
www.ProgressiveMaryland.org

Candidate Information
Candidate Last Name:
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Candidate First Name:
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Office Seeking:
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Campbell
Tony
Baltimore County Executive

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District:
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Party:
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Campaign Contact Information
Committee Name:
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Street Address:
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City:
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Zip Code:
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Business Phone:
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N/A
Republican
Friends of Tony Campbell
P.O. Box 9858
Towson
21284
443-275-1797

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Fax:
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Campaign Website:
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Candidate Contact Information

Cell Phone:
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Email Address:
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Treasurer Contact Information
Treasurer Name:
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Street Address:
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http://www.tonycampbell2014.com
Nicole Ruocco
P.O. Box 9858

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City:
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Zip Code:
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Phone:
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Candidate History
Previous Elected Offices:






Towson
21284
443-275-1797
Chairman, Baltimore County Republican Central Committee

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Which Years Did You Serve:







Have you ever received an endorsement from Progressive Maryland? YES_____ or NO_____
If Yes, when:





Have you ever assisted Progressive Maryland in achieving its goals? YES_____ or NO_____
Describe:




2010-2011
x
I have worked to unionize the adjunct professors at Towson University. I am active in the NAACP and
other community groups.

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Major Endorsements (Elected Officials/Organizations/Opinion Leaders):






Issue Questions
1. The skyrocketing cost of campaigns gives wealthy individuals and large
corporations too much power in deciding who gets elected. Its time to
return that power to everyday voters. Do you support enacting a voluntary
public campaign finance system for elections at the local level?

YES_____ or NO_____
Comments:




2. Will you support passage of a Large Retailer Accountability Act which
would require that retail stores larger than 75,000 square feet pay a living
wage, provide adequate health benefits, and engage in first source hiring
agreements?

YES_____ or NO_____
No endorsements to date because of the primary election.
x
x

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Comments:




3. Public employee collective bargaining rights, absent a comprehensive
law like the National Labor Relations Act for private sector workers, consist
of a patchwork of laws around the country and throughout the state of
Maryland. Being that the County Council and County Executive are
routinely asked to express support/opposition to pending legislation in
Annapolis, would you support legislation for a comprehensive public
employee collective bargaining law in Maryland?
YES_____ or NO_____
Comments:



4. Do you support legislation that would require final and binding arbitration
of all labor disputes by public employees?


YES_____ or NO_____
x
x

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Comments:




5. Do you support requiring any businesses which receive public support,
in the form of industrial revenue bonds, enterprise zone benefits, tax
increment financing, tax breaks and the like, to provide jobs with living
wages and health benefits?

YES_____ or NO_____
Comments:




6. Once a contract agreement has been reached between a collective
bargaining agent and the county or other government entity, do you commit
to fully funding those contracts?

YES_____ or NO_____
x
Yes, however, I believe that small businesses are the key to a thriving local economy. Small
businesses under 51 employees should be exempt especially if they receive tax incentives to hire
unemployed or underemployed people.
x

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Comments:








7. Do you support legislation that requires any public entities to recognize a
union, providing that union submits authorization cards by a majority of
eligible members and that once a union is recognized, all persons covered
in the bargaining unit pay reasonable service fees, if they choose not to
belong to the recognized union?

YES_____ or NO_____
Comments:





The current situation between the current Democratic incumbent and the FOP retirees is a disgrace.
The initial amount of retiree benefits were under $600,000. The current amount after court costs and
interest assessments now stands at $1.6 million dollars. As County Executive, I will fulfill the
agreements made in good faith between the county and our public employees.
x

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Assisting Progressive Maryland & Allies



For the measures above that you have agreed to support would you be willing to:

Co-sponsor legislation? YES_____ or NO_____

Work with our lobbyists to pass a bill? YES_____ or NO_____

Testify at a hearing in support of legislation? YES_____ or NO_____

Speak at public events in support of legislation? YES_____ or NO_____

Write a letter in support of legislation? YES_____ or NO_____

Write an op-ed in support of legislation? YES_____ or NO_____

In order to build progressive grassroots organizations, would you be willing to help by:

x
x
x
x
x
x

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Speaking at Progressive Maryland events?



Urging employers to respect their employees right to form a union by
remaining neutral during a union campaign?

Urge employers to recognize a union voluntarily when the majority of their
employees choose to form a union?

Write a letter to unorganized workers endorsing an organizing drive by a
labor union?


Walk a picket line with a labor union?


YES_____ or NO_____

YES_____ or NO_____
YES_____ or NO_____

YES_____ or NO_____

YES_____ or NO_____



Personal comment: As a son of a USW member from Pennsylvania, I understand the important and
vital roles of unions to help better the lives of working families. The answers given here are consistent
with the responses to the AFL-CIO questionnaire I filled out previously during this campaign. While I
know I would be a better partner to labor than the current county executive, I am fully aware of the
stigma of Republican candidates in Maryland.

I want you to know that I am not the average Republican candidate. If I was to receive your support
and win in November, the wellbeing of public employees in Baltimore County will be taken seriously by
my administration.
X
x
x
x
x