Del. Chris Adams campaigning for re-election
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