Questions for and about candidate John Olszewski Jr.
County Executive candidate John Olszewski, Jr. has a lot of proposals that deserve questioning. One proposal is to add more public housing in the county along with passing the Home Act to end housing discrimination. However, does John realize many homeowners have experienced declining home values due to past Section 8 implementation that lead to increased crime? Does the candidate realize people change neighborhoods instead of neighborhoods changing people? At what point does the city’s problems stop being the county’s problems?
When there was an incident of violence one late July evening at White Marsh Mall, the police quickly diffused a dangerous situation. Why was Olszewski silent about the incident for a whole week? Does John have his head buried in the sand, not realizing county residents are fed up with an increase in violent crime?
As far as past legislation goes, John as a delegate voted for HB 1265, also known as the “Bathroom Bill” which allows for “reasonable accommodation” for transgender individuals, including allowing them to use the women’s restroom. Past incidents have occurred around the country where women have been assaulted by a man that identified as a woman in dressing rooms and restrooms after similar laws were implemented. Since the Democrat party seems to be really emphasizing the issue of rape and sexual assault these days, how can John justify his vote for HB 1265?
John also previously voted for the now-repealed Rain Tax in Annapolis (HB 987) yet he blamed the county for implementing it. This tax ended up crushing many businesses statewide, including a few marinas in the eastern Baltimore County area. How can he be trusted as County Executive after previously passing the buck as delegate about this issue?
John believes in job growth, yet his proposal of a $15 an hour minimum wage will hinder job growth. With self-serve kiosks becoming more common in restaurants, does John realize that many students would likely lose out and not be able to get an entry level job that teaches responsibility? The slogan of Olszewski’s campaign is the building of a better Baltimore County. Is this slogan an admission that the past Democrat administrations of Dutch Ruppersberger, Jim Smith and Kevin Kamenetz failed the citizens of Baltimore County?
The final question should be, “Is it time to give the Republican candidate, Al Redmer, Jr. an opportunity to govern?” Finally an answer. Perhaps it is.