Scott Smith -- U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 3rd District

Maryland Votes 2006

September 01, 2006

Date of birth: March 1, 1963

Party affiliation: Republican

Professional background: Founder and operator of seven small businesses during career; currently owns of investment company and general contracting company.

Educational background: Associate's degree, Anne Arundel Community College.

Personal: Annapolis resident; avid sailor; sailed to Ireland, Canada and the Caribbean multiple times; enjoys spending most of his spare time with his wife and son.

1.) Why are you running for Congress?

I want my country back. For too many years we have allowed apathy to dominate what happens at the federal levels in our government, so it is no surprise that the ordinary citizen's voice (yours and mine) has been so diminished that we citizens are on the bottom of the priority list in Washington. The authority and the power of our government comes from "We the People," and as long as we assert our sovereign rights as citizens, then our government will remain of the people, by the people, for the people.

2.) What is your position on the current U.S. policy in Iraq?

The worst thing we could do right now in Iraq would be to pull out. ... We do need a better plan for success, which I believe I have and here it is in short.

There is 30 percent unemployment in Iraq, which represents 2.3 million Iraqis between the ages of 15 and 64, and if we help to employ them in the reconstruction of their towns and villages, then the likelihood that that they will be supportive of the insurgency in Iraq is almost nonexistent. I am proposing the "CRC" -- the Civilian Reconstruction Corps -- which is modeled after the CCC, the Civilian Conservation Corps, the most popular back-to-work program in the history of the U.S. Is it so hard to realize that much of the frustration that the Iraqi people are experiencing has every thing to do with ... unemployment?

3.) What is your view of the Medicare prescription drug plan, and whether changes are needed to the program?

It is common sense that our government should be able to negotiate prescription prices for our participants. I think that this is another example of the government being really good at writing checks and really bad at getting value for our money. Yet again "We the People" are last, not first. Our medical system as a whole needs to be redeveloped so that the citizens' needs come first, not the "needs" of the big drug companies and the "needs" of the big health insurance companies. The FDA also needs to have the power to ensure the efficacy of drugs that are released so that we do not have poorly tested drugs entering the market.

4.) What is the most important issue facing residents of the 3rd District?

While there are a host of very important issues facing us, I would have to say that lack of effective representation at the federal level is by far the single most important issue. People are tired of the blame game in Washington and just want someone who will honestly work for their interests first. Too many politicians want to blame the Democrats or the Republicans because it is the easy thing to do and allows them to walk away from their responsibility to ... lead our country. It is critical ... to have elected officials who understand their responsibility to uphold the Constitution and who realize that the power of our government comes from "We the People" and that means the people come first!

Editor's note: Information in this profile was gathered from responses to a questionnaire sent by The Sun to candidates.

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