Del. Pat McDonough to run for Baltimore County Executive
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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