ISSUES

“Growing up in Pasadena, I have always had a genuine love for our community. As an adult, my wife and I have chosen to settle down here close to our family and friends. I am a litigator in my professional career, so advocacy comes naturally to me. Running for County Council is a chance for me to serve my friends and neighbors by advocating for our needs and fighting to make our community stronger.”
WHERE NATHAN STANDS
Public Safety, Crime & Drugs

We have a heroin epidemic across our country, and it is hitting us here in Anne Arundel County and fueling an increase in crime in our communities. There is no simple solution. It will take efforts by law enforcement, mental health resources, educational efforts, and citizen involvement to stop the destruction. I will ensure public safety officials have the resources they need to protect us, from our police officers to firefighters to paramedics/EMTs.

Development & Building

Pasadena has seen too much new development in the past few years. Our roads are crowded. Our classrooms are packed. We need to ensure that all new development will improve, not detract from, the lives of those of us already living here. I will carefully review any development proposals to ensure we are protecting the character of our community and the quality of life of our citizens. 

Taxes & Regulation

Working in a small business, I have seen first-hand what happens when government adds new fees and regulations. That’s why I want to keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket. I oppose new taxes and regulations that will hurt small businesses and limit new jobs. I will work to decrease the burdens of excessive taxation and regulation in Anne Arundel County. 

Education

Parents and teachers are the best people to decide how to educate their students and children, not bureaucrats in Washington or Annapolis. These decisions should be made by people who live, work and send their kids to school in Anne Arundel County. I will work with our new elected school board to ensure our money stays in the classroom, spent on students, where it belongs.

Government Efficiency & Wasteful Spending

Often government lags behind the private sector in implementing cost-saving programs and tools that make the business of governing operate more efficiently. I saw this firsthand as a member of the County Executive's Office of Law transition team. Our county must embrace new technologies and resources to your tax dollars work better and smarter for you; after all, it is your money. 

Second Amendment

As a law-abiding citizen, you have a constitutional right to own a firearm. As an NRA member, I believe in protecting the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution and strongly support your right to keep and bear arms.

Environment

Our community is blessed to have so many amazing natural resources. I believe we must be good stewards of these resources. I will work to find effective ways to protect the Chesapeake Bay as well as the rivers, creeks and streams in our area. 

Illegal Immigration

I fully support legal immigrants who follow the rules. However, I oppose illegal immigration and any policies that make Maryland attractive to illegal immigrants (a.k.a. "sanctuary state" for illegal immigrants). The way to stop illegal immigration is to remove incentives. We cannot give benefits to illegal immigrants, like welfare or driver’s licenses, and we must enforce the laws we already have.

Right to Life

As a Christian,  I believe all life is precious and ordained by God. I am pro-life.

Term Limits

I believe term limits prevent entrenched politicians from remaining in office and losing touch with the constituents they serve. Thankfully, members of the County Council are already limited to two terms. Recently, proposals to allow an additional third term were introduced and defeated. If this issue comes up again, I will vote against any effort to increase or abolish the current term limits. 

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