Del. Chris Adams cam­paign­ing for re-election

Times-Record - - NEWS - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@ches­pub.com

EAS­TON — Del. Chris Adams, R-37B-Wi­comico, has al­ways been a pro­po­nent for less reg­u­la­tions against small busi­nesses and if re­elected, will con­tinue to be an ad­vo­cate for them, he said.

The re-election of Gov. Larry Ho­gan is an­other sta­ple in Adams’ cam­paign, say­ing the gover­nor has ad­vo­cated for East­ern Shore ideals since his election.

“I be­lieve its the most im­por­tant election in my gen­er­a­tion that we elect a gover­nor like Larry Ho­gan who’s go­ing to con­tinue mov­ing the state in the right di­rec­tion,” Adams said.

Adams is a fifth gen­er­a­tion East­ern Shore na­tive and is the fa­ther of three. Dur­ing his time as del­e­gate, Adams has served on the eco­nomic mat­ters com­mit­tee and was first elected in 2014. Adams is the owner of sev­eral busi­nesses in­clud­ing a re­tail floor cov­er­ing busi­ness, Value Car­pet One Floor & Home and com­mer­cial real es­tate prop­er­ties in Mary­land.

Adams said a rea­son for con­tin­ued his in­ter­est serv­ing as a del­e­gate is to develop “work­able reg­u­la­tions.” He said he would like to con­tinue to re­lieve reg­u­la­tions on busi­nesses as much as he can.

“I be­lieve in low taxes as well, giv­ing busi­nesses the chance to grow em­ploy­ment, help them be­come more prof­itable,” Adams said. “I’m a per­son from the East­ern Shore who un­der­stands how dif­fi­cult it was un­der the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion from 2006 to 2014, ... Which gives to a gen­eral prin­ci­pal of less government is bet­ter government and more ef­fi­cient government.”

Adams also is a strong pro­po­nent of the sec­ond amend­ment and has an “A” rat­ing from the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion. Adams said the is­sue with weapon ac­ces­si­bil­ity has shifted to re­strict­ing cit­i­zens with men­tal ill­ness ac­cess to weapons.

Adams said one bill passed to law — the red flag law, which al­lows po­lice to re­move weapons from in­di­vid­u­als who are a dan­ger to them­selves or oth­ers — may have even re­gressed in their abil­ity to ad­dress the prob­lem. The law pre­vi­ously of­fered at risk pa­tients help, if they were re­ported. Now, the law sim­ply re­moves the in­di­vid­ual’s weapons, Adams said.

“It’s detri­men­tal to the over­all prob­lem at large, which is, how do we pro­tect our cit­i­zens when some­one needs help?” Adams said.

Adams said in his time as a del­e­gate, he has seen first hand how state reg­u­la­tions, es­pe­cially en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions, can take away from an in­di­vid­ual’s right to free use of their prop­erty. Adams said he val­ues the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and wants the re­source to be around long enough for ev­ery Mary­lan­der to en­joy.

“Many of our farmers and water­men are sad­dled with a very heavy bur­den and very ex­pen­sive reg­u­la­tions to op­er­ate on the shore and its all in the name of en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion,” Adams said. “Those same en­ti­ties gen­er­ally dis­count or don’t even ac­knowl­edge wa­ter runoff from Penn­syl­va­nia and New York, ... It sours the con­ver­sa­tion, it doesn’t al­low for, the way I look at it, com­pro­mise.”

Adams said as a small busi­ness owner, it is im­por­tant for him to con­tinue his sup­port of Gov. Ho­gan.

“We have a gover­nor in Larry Ho­gan, ... we have ben­e­fited im­mensely from hav­ing an ad­min­is­tra­tion who is present and is will­ing to work with the East­ern Shore as op­posed to di­rectly against the East­ern Shore in­ter­est.”

DEL. CHRIS ADAMS

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