Johnny Mautz looks for sec­ond term as 37B del­e­gate

Times-Record - - NEWS - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@ches­

EAS­TON — Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Tal­bot, said he fo­cuses ev­ery day to try and make a dif­fer­ence within lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties across his district.

“For me, its an ur­gent rush to get out and do some­thing ev­ery­day,” Mautz said. “It may sound small, but for me if I can do one good thing ev­ery­day, I know I’ve done my job.”

Mautz is a na­tive of St. Michaels and grad­u­ated the Ohio North­ern Univer­sity law pro­gram in 1997. After ad­mis­sion to the Mar yland Bar As­so­ci­a­tion, Mautz worked as a leg­isla­tive lawyer for the House Ju­di­ciar y com­mit­tee as an ad­vi­sor to then Gover­nor of An­napo­lis, Bob Ehrlich. Mautz also is the man­ager of his fam­ily’s restau­rant Car­pen­ter Street Sa­loon in St. Michaels.

Mautz said gen­er­ally, his plat­form is to pro­vide pros­per­ity for the East­ern Shore along with of­fer­ing an open dia­logue be­tween him­self and his con­stituents.

“First my goal is to make sure that every­body has a chicken on ev­ery ta­ble and a crab on ev­ery pot,” Mautz said. “The East­ern Shore is my home, it’s where I grew up, ... I’ll be there for any­one if they ever feel they need me.”

Mautz said a say­ing of elected of­fi­cials is that after be­ing elected, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive should be­come the ex­pert on one is­sue. Mautz has hardly picked a sin­gle is­sue, he said. From build­ing a new hos­pi­tal in Tal­bot County, of­fer­ing broad­band con­nectabil­ity through­out the district, among other ef­forts, Mautz said in­volve­ment in all is­sues is im­por­tant.

Mautz said he is in­vested in the is­sues of the com­mu­nity. Pre­scrip­tion drug pric­ing is­sues, ac­cess to broad­band and ed­u­ca­tion are all is­sues on the fore­front of Tal­bot County.

“I’m a big pro­po­nent of lo­cal rule, ... You try to take ideas that peo­ple have, try to co­or­di­nate them and you try and get the law changed wher­ever you need to,” Mautz said.

Mautz said he is fo­cused on the “small guys,” in terms of cre­at­ing reg­u­la­tions that ben­e­fit small busi­nesses. He also said he was a pro­po­nent of pro­tect­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.

Mautz said it frus­trates him that most laws and reg­u­la­tions in Mar yland have to deal with the Bay. Mautz said he un­der­stands the Bay is Mary­land’s pri­mary re­source, but that out of state pol­lu­tion, like the open­ing of the Conowingo Dam, makes reg­u­la­tions feel like an ex­er­cise in fu­til­ity.

“There’s got to be progress, there’s got to be some­thing be­ing done there. We can’t con­tinue to look the other way,” Mautz said.

Mautz said he will con­tinue to try and focus on as many is­sues as he can han­dle.

“My is­sue is the East­ern Shore. I don’t have the predilec­tion to be a one is­sue per­son but its all about the district,” Mautz said. “For me, my job is to rep­re­sent all the con­stituents in those four coun­ties and make sure their needs are be­ing ad­dressed.”


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