About Gene Stanton for Maryland Delegate District 4
Building Maryland's future with better roads and quality education.
- My platform on education can be summed up in two words: Education First!
- Good schools give our young people an opportunity to excel in the future. They increase property values and benefit state residents economically. It should be our common goal to constantly strive to improve our schools at every level.
- As the state of Maryland aligns its curriculum with other states we should keep in mind that Maryland students have outperformed students in other states for the past several years. We want this trend to continue. Therefore, the common curriculum standards being set by the state should be considered minimum standards and all state school districts should be encouraged to exceed these standards.
-The best way to show that we value our children is to value our teachers. Teachers in Frederick County have been working for many years without a raise. It is time we show them how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication to the excellence of our children, by making sure they get their well deserved raises.
-The state of Maryland should encourage school districts to increase the number of technical high schools in order to teach all interested students a trade. A young person with no college and the knowledge of a trade can often make a better living than a young person with no knowledge of a trade and a four year liberal arts degree.
-The State of Maryland needs to increase funds to local school districts for school construction and technology upgrades. Many of our current schools are old, outdated, and in serious need of re-construction. The state needs to make it a priority to assist our local school systems by making funds more available for re-construction and upgrades. All of our schools should be healthy and technologically advanced.
- Local control of Maryland schools should always remain a priority. Local school districts should be allowed to set their own standards for teacher and administrator evaluations.
- Students with consistently low grades should be required to spend additional time after school with tutors and special educators.
- Truancy laws in the state of Maryland need to be strengthened and the consequences for students, and the parents of these students, need to be increased for students that miss more than 10 days in a semester without a medical excuse. A note from a doctor should be required for students that miss more than four days in a row.
- Widen I-270 from Germantown to Frederick now - this project needs to be fast-tracked and the state should only accept bids from companies that can promise completion by 2018. The state currently has this project slated for 2030.
- Widen US15 from I-270 to Monocacy Blvd and build overpasses for US15 intersections to the Pennsylvania border - this project needs to be fast-tracked and the state should only accept bids from companies that can promise completion by 2018.
- Expand the Red line from Shady Grove to Fort Detrick and Frederick Community College. This project also needs to be fast-tracked in order to encourage commuters to use public transportation. Completion of this project should also be set to 2018.
- The State of Maryland should encourage the development of new trolley lines in all Maryland cities with populations in excess of 45,000.
- Widen I-70 from Frederick to the Pennsylvania border near Hancock by 2020.
- Funding for these enhanced transportation priorities is the responsibility of the federal government and the State of Maryland, not local communities. In addition, toll roads should not be seen as a preferred means of funding.
On Growth in Frederick County
- Frederick County is a special place. Most of us live here because we enjoy the rural nature of our county. We need to strive to keep Frederick County small. Large scale development projects threaten our way of life. If I become your next state delegate, I promise to fight against large scale development projects that threaten our way of life in Frederick County.
- The Monrovia Town Center project must be stopped immediately. Area state and county roads and I-270 are insufficient to handle the increased population this development would bring. It would also require that the county construct new schools, forcing county taxpayers to foot the bill. This project is seriously flawed, in that it is being proposed without providing funding sources for the infrastructure improvements needed to support it. It is unfair to require current residents to pay the many costs this project will generate.
- Maryland residents already pay enough in taxes. Under no circumstances should state income taxes be increased; in-fact, the state should look to reduce state income taxes by looking at other forms of revenue that would NOT add an additional burden to middle and working class Marylanders.
- Frederick County residents pay a lot in taxes to the state of Maryland. We are tired of taking a back seat to the needs of Maryland's larger counties and cities. We have priorities that need to be addressed as well. We should not have to wait until 2030 for improvements that should have been made in 2004.
Nice article by George Wenschhof on the minimum wage. I appreciate the opportunity to comment as I strongly believe both the state and federal government should raise the minimum wage.... Read More
Strong Argument for Increasing the Minimum Wage in Maryland By Gene Stanton February 12, 2014 I still cannot wrap my head around the idea being put forth by some... Read More
If you want to know if you live in the 4th District or one of the two 3rd Districts, follow this link: http://planning.maryland.gov/PDF/Redistricting/2010maps/Leg/Western_MD.pdf Read More