Erik Lofstad enters District 6 County Council race
Republican Erik Lofstad has announced his intentions to run for the Baltimore County Council’s 6th district seat, now inhabited by Councilwoman Cathy Bevins (D).
The former IT business analyst from Rosedale said he will use his technological experiences and expertise to improve the county by reducing spending in the County Budget, creating jobs, and pushing for “responsible” development.
“I see a lot of people who are currently in office that are lawyers or business owners, but you never really see anyone with a technical background and that makes it hard when you have to start regulating the new industries that are coming in,” said Lofstad.
Lofstad ran unopposed in the Maryland State Senate District 8 Republican primary in 2014. He lost to incumbent Katherine Klausmeier (D), but this year will be different, he said, because he is running a “well-funded and well run” campaign. Fundraising since May, he has raised $10,000 out of his $100,000 goal and he expects to knock on 10,000 doors in Essex, Rosedale, Middle River and other District 6 homes.
“These may seem like large goals. I’ve been preparing for this run for years. It’s all about breaking it down into smaller, achievable goals and using data to work smarter.”
He added that his campaign will be utilizing technology to find “Republicans that actually vote” and going door-to-door and having open conversations with residents about the issues they are most concerned about.
In the council, he said one of his biggest goals will be making Baltimore County a more hospitable place for local business owners to set up shop and doing so through smarter development, fewer regulations, and the creation of a “freer market”.
“Opening a business in Maryland is not the easiest compared to other states.”
As an example, he criticized the handling of the proposed Paragon Outlets, a 100-store retail center in White Marsh, that was not built after the developers pulled out of the project earlier this year.
He said, if brought to fruition, the outlets would have been a “natural disaster, both economically and environmentally.” Instead of big-name projects like this, he said the County should work to bring in higher paying jobs from smaller, more local, businesses and then letting the consumers and the free market decide which ones succeed.
Lofstad also stresses the transparency of his candidacy, saying that all of his votes will be on record and accessible to constituents, along with information on why he voted that way. He also will call for all official county meetings occurring to occur in the evening so more people can attend.
Also mentioned was a ticketing system that could better manage residents complaints and feedback.
“Any requests from constituents (via email, phone, letter, social media) would get a ticket number and the time to resolution would get measured,” explains his campaign website.
He also believes that the federal program for Section 8 housing needs an overhaul as its overuse is damaging communities and opposes making Baltimore County a “sanctuary county.” He said he will support and push for term limits, saying that being elected official should not be a full-time career.
On the issue of public safety, he said he would make Baltimore County safer by professionalizing, funding, equipping and training neighborhood watches in higher crime areas while providing tax credits to these neighborhood watchers who receive training. One of his proposals includes $500 property tax credit for the purchase of a home alarm system with an outside facing camera system for homeowners.
Lofstad will be kicking off his candidacy on Sunday, October 29th at Lighthouse Gardens in Bowleys Quarters.
For more information on Lofstad and his campaign, visit www.ErikLofstad.com.
The other Republican in the race is former Hogan and Ehrlich Administration official, Ryan Nawrocki, who announced his candidacy this week.
The Republican Primary Election is Tuesday, June 26, 2018 and the General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.