Long touts accomplishments as he seeks re-election
As the end of his first term in the House of Delegates nears, Del. Bob Long (R-6) is touting his accomplishments — and working to make the case for a second term.
Del. Bob Long was born and raised in Baltimore City, reared by a single mom who, Long noted, “worked hard to put food on the table.”
“I learned at a very young age, you can do anything you want to as long as you work,” he said.
Bearing witness to his mother’s struggles, he noted, “taught me principles that I still use today – common sense and living within my means.”
Married at 17, Long quit school to support his family.
“I drove a truck for a living,” he said.
He later earned his GED, attended college and went on to earn his real estate license.
He was a union truck driver and sold real estate for many years before moving to real estate full time.
Long has been married for 44 years to his wife, Rose. They have four children — two biological, he said, and two he helped raise.
Long first got into politics, he said, in 2010 after deregulation caused BGE bills to skyrocket.
“That’s when I started to sit up and take notice,” he noted.
That, coupled with his dissatisfaction with Gov. O’Malley’s policies, led him to become active in politics.
“I just got tired of the taxes — tax and spend,” he said.
Long ran for delegate in 2010, coming within 500 votes behind third-place finisher, then-Del. Sonny Minnick.
By 2014, he said, with concerns over the North Point Government Center and the rain tax, among other issues, “people were fed up and had enough.”
Long and his fellow Republicans swept the 2014 elections, flipping a longtime Democratic district.
For Long, one of his proudest achievements in his first term as a delegate is the passage of the omnibus School Safety bill —a wide-reaching bill covering active shooter drills in schools, providing mental health care and counselors and fortifying school buildings to increase security.
“I laid the groundwork for that bill in 2016,” Long claimed.
In his first term, Long also sponsored or co-sponsored several other successful bills, including legislation allowing non-profits to retrieve abandoned and sunken vessels and bi-partisan legislation preventing the tax bill sale of a house for a debt of less than $750.
Long also sponsored legislation to provide tax credits to homeowners who invest in renovations. While that legislation did pass on the state level, Long said, it has not yet been implemented by the Baltimore County government.
If elected to a second term, he noted plans to keep pushing for full implementation.
If re-elected, Long plans to tackle several issues head on, including the opioid epidemic.
Noting the complexity of the issue — which touches on topics from health care to crime and more — Long is calling for increased education of students at an earlier age to “stop them before it starts.”
He is also calling for more funding toward stopping the epidemic and harsher mandatory sentences for drug dealers.
Long is also focusing on mandatory sentences for those convicted of violent crimes.
Looking at education, he plans to work to curb bullying in schools.
“We spend a lot of money on education but if kids don’t feel safe, they’re not going to get an education,” he said.
He also plans to continue his push to save taxpayer dollars, including curbing mandatory spending in the state budget.
Long is optimistic about the development at Tradepoint Atlantic, though he does hope to see more manufacturing come in.
He says he is continuing his push for more well-paying jobs in the district and state, working with businesses.
Long supported tax credits on construction materials for Tradepoint Atlantic, saying that such measures do not cost the taxpayer money and bring tax revenue and jobs into the area.
Long touts his work across the aisle, noting that he has worked with Democrats to successfully push through legislation.
“It doesn’t matter about the party,” he noted, “it matters about doing what’s right.”
DEL. BOB LONG