David Trudil

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

September 06, 2006

Date of birth: May 15, 1947

Party affiliation: Republican

Professional background: former Army officer (Chemical Corps); 30 years' experience as a business executive, owner, consultant in the medical, bio-defense/homeland security, biotechnology industry; member Homeland Security AOAC Task Force on rapid bio-detection; worked extensively with various countries in the area of emerging pathogens (i.e. avian flu) and bio-defense.

Educational background: bachelor's degree, University of Wyoming; Master of Science degree, St. John's University.

Personal: Married; two children (Theresa, 29; David, 28); and several loving pets; past usher, St. John's Church, Glyndon; 20-year volunteer coach with Reisterstown Recreation Council; chair of the wrestling program.

1. Why are you running for Congress?

To ensure there is a strong voice for the values and defense of the family, within the framework of the U.S. Constitution.

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

I have been involved in threat reduction for over 10 years, having worked with scientists and government officials in the Middle East and around the world. I have had strong disagreements with the Pentagon and the State Department. We in the U.S. look at the world through our experiences, not recognizing the vast divergence of experiences of other cultures. We must avoid acts or innuendos which will embolden our enemies. We must act firmly and decisively.. We must realistically assess the Iraqi government as well as its forces. There must be an internal plan reflecting the realities of the war and peace. We must take politics out of the process for executing the war. We need strength and resolve. The actions we take now, - will present a picture to our friends and foes that will last twenty years. We must insure the "image" and "reality" of America prevails.

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

The cost of prescription drugs is increasing at a rate exceeding inflation. We must review all avenues to bring these costs under control to ensure adequate health care is available to all our seniors. This includes streamlining administration, fast-tracking generic drugs, and offering incentives for both caregivers as well as pharmaceutical companies to engage in real efforts to bring down cost.The U.S. should encourage the small- to mid-size pharmaceutical companies to participate in this discovery-production-caregiving cycle.

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

The family and the values it imparts must be protected. Protected against the threat to the fabric of marriage. Protected against the threat illegal immigration poses to its long-term economic viability. Protected against the threat from foreign enemies. To ensure our constitutional rights are protected. Protected to ensure the values which have been passed on from family to family since the founding of America flourish.

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

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