Welcome to Rich Corkran for House of Delegates, District 9A

My name is Rich Corkran and I am running for the House of Delegates in 2010 for exactly the same reason I ran for State Senate in 2006---in a democracy there should always be choices.

What's at stake

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At the state level are key issues of education, public safety, transportation, the environment, and health care for certain segments of our population. Democrats may not always agree (didn't Will Rogers say "I am not a member of any organized political party---I am a Democrat" ?) and we may not always get it exactly right the first time, but we try to solve the problems that beset people in these difficult times of 2009 and 2010. In 2006 while campaigning for State Senate I came to appreciate the viewpoint of Independents. For whatever reasons the independent voter does not want to register Democrat or Republican---it's probably the "vote for the man or woman, not the party" attitude that is important to them. In Howard County and also in Carroll County (part of my 2006 Senate race) there is a significant number of independents and their voice too must be heard.

My Opposition

In district 9A we have two incumbent Republican delegates who are increasingly out of touch with the voters of 9A. Their strict adherence to the right wing ideology of their party does not take into account that they represent all residents of the district. Theirs is the party of NO, and offers very few meaningful solutions to many of the problems facing us today. I am running as a Democrat, not because I believe in everything the Democrat Party says and does, but because I believe that government DOES have a role to play in our lives. It is this difference---a difference in the philosophy of government--- that I think will distinguish me from the current office holders in the coming months ahead.

Down the road

In the months leading up to the primary on September 14th 2010 and hopefully the general election on November 4th 2010, I hope to use this website to convey my position on a variety of issues and convince you that if you vote for me, that I will fairly represent you in Annapolis during the 2011-2014 session.

Real Leadership for Difficult Times

In late 2008 and 2009 to date, we have experienced a strong recession at the national level. Government at the state and local levels can not help but be affected. The problem is that while the national government can run up deficits (yes John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, the Republican party of George Bush for eight years and a Republican Congress for six years did their fair share of damage to the national debt!), the states and local governments MUST balance their budgets, making cuts if necessary as the fiscal year goes on. In Maryland, we have been making a conscientious effort to offer services to our people within the context of fiscal responsibility. Yes, we HAVE made numerous cuts to our budget over the last year and will need to make more in the months ahead, while maintaining our core responsibilities. What is needed from our state legislature is real leadership in the coming years ahead!


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