Del. Pat McDonough to run for Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­

Del. Pat McDonough (R7) will en­ter the 2018 race for Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive.

Dur­ing this cam­paign, he said he will be re­ly­ing on the sup­port of East Bal­ti­more County neigh­bor­hoods like Es­sex and Dun­dalk.

“I’m a prod­uct of these neigh­bor­hoods, I un­der­stand work­ing peo­ple, I un­der­stand small busi­ness in par­tic­u­lar. That’s the foun­da­tion from which I op­er­ate as an elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive,” said McDonough, a res­i­dent of Hawthorne.

Last year, McDonough lost Mary­land’s 2nd con­gres­sional seat after chal­leng­ing U.S. Rep. C. A. Dutch Rup­pers­berger (D-2). Al­though he only re­ceived 32% of the vote, McDonough did win sev­eral East Bal­ti­more County dis­tricts, say­ing that his mes­sages res­onated with the work­ing class pop­u­la­tion.

“I’m like Trump, I’m a pop­ulist,” said McDonough, adding that while he has eyed the County Ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tion for years but is now just pulling the trig­ger. “My pop­ulism is pop­u­lar with the peo­ple. It re­flects what they think about.”

Part of his cam­paign mes­sage will be fo­cused on im­prov­ing neigh­bor­hoods and strength­en­ing com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tions, he ex­plained.

“We’re go­ing to crack down on neigh­bor­hood nui­sances and prob­lems, we’re go­ing to clean up the neigh­bor­hoods.”

He said he wants to es­tab­lish a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that would help build a coun­cil of com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tions that would reg­u­larly meet with the County Ex­ec­u­tive to dis­cuss lo­cal is­sues.

McDonough also said he wants to de­velop more schools in Bal­ti­more County, espe­cially spe­cial­ized ones with a fo­cus on job skills and ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing train­ing.

“I want to turn Bal­ti­more County into the skill ap­pren­tice­ship train­ing cen­ter of the world.”

Fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s rhetoric, he also promised to be tough on il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion say­ing, “We’re not go­ing to go around bust­ing doors down or that type of thing, but we’re not go­ing ig­nore the law like Kamenetz is.”

With this, McDonough said he will bring in an era of stricter, tougher crime en­force­ment.

“Po­lice are there to pro­tect us. My cops are go­ing to be tough, we’re go­ing to have zero tol­er­ance on neigh­bor­hood crimes and, at the same time we’re be­ing tough and smart, we are go­ing to have what I call ‘sec­tor polic­ing,” he said.

He ref­er­enced law en­force­ment in New York, where he said there is a big­ger fo­cus on com­mu­nity polic­ing. He calls for of­fi­cers on the streets, pa­trolling and col­lect­ing in­tel­li­gence by know­ing the first names of the res­i­dents and the lo­cal “trou­ble-mak­ers”.

“We’re go­ing to know who the bad guys are and we’re go­ing to fo­cus on them.”

His poli­cies also pro­pose spe­cial­ized po­lice units fo­cused on end­ing gang vi­o­lence.

“We are not go­ing to play the same game as the Bal­ti­more City law en­force­ment and the mayor. We’re go­ing to be dif­fer­ent, we’re go­ing to be tough.”

McDonough be­lieves that the ma­jor­ity of Bal­ti­more res­i­dents are not sat­is­fied with the sta­tus quo and want a shake-up in their county gov­ern­ment.

“It’s go­ing to be a change. We’re mov­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion, we have a lot of trends that are not good. When I see this county mov­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion rapidly, and if it doesn’t change some of its poli­cies, it’s go­ing to be in big trou­ble in a cou­ple years. I see us, as peo­ple, los­ing the op­por­tu­nity to out some­one in there that’s not owned by the de­vel­op­ers and is re­ally try­ing to do some­thing.”

Cur­rent County Ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Kamenetz is term-lim­ited and re­port­edly eye­ing up a gu­ber­na­to­rial bid against Repub­li­can Larry Ho­gan. While most con­tenders for Kamenetz’s po­si­tion have not been fi­nal­ized, spec­u­la­tion has put democrats County Coun­cil­woman Vicki Al­mond, for­mer State Del­e­gate John Ol­szewski Jr., and state Se­na­tor Jim Brochin in the run­ning along with McDonough.

McDonough, once dubbed the ‘Trump of Bal­ti­more County’, said he will use the pop­u­lar­ity and suc­cess of Pres­i­dent Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to raise money and pro­pel him to vic­tory, even say­ing that he might have Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence and United States Sec­re­tary of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Ben Car­son come to Bal­ti­more to rally for him. Out­side of pres­i­den­tial sup­port, he said he has the sup­port of both res­i­dents and other lo­cal Repub­li­can politi­cians.

“We’re go­ing to have a grass­roots cam­paign, I have hun­dreds of vol­un­teers. Peo­ple call me every day and send me an e-mail and want to help out,” said McDonough. “This will be a clas­sic bat­tle be­tween a spe­cial in­ter­est, de­vel­oper’s, busi­ness-as-usual can­di­date and Rocky, fight­ing for the work­ing peo­ple.”

Del. McDonough shak­ing hands with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump this sum­mer dur­ing a cam­paign stop at the Boule­vard Diner in Dun­dalk.


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