Frick Runs for District 17

Lakelands resident Craig Frick is running for a District 17 delegate seat.

Craig Frick knows what it’s like to compromise. The youngest of 10 children, Frick has fine-tuned his negotiating skills.

Now Frick, 38, of Lake Varuna Drive in Lakelands, wants to use his apply his abilities as a Maryland State Delegate in District 17.

“I have no connections in Annapolis. I don’t have the years the others have spent, but sometimes that can be an advantage. They have become complacent,” said Frick, who launched his bid for the state delegate seat in July.

Frick will go up against Democratic incumbents Kumar Barve, James Gilchrist and Luiz Simmons as well as fellow Republican challengers Daniel Campos of Gaithersburg and Josephine Wang of Gaithersburg for the three spots representing the district.

Although Frick has never held a public office before, he said the delegate seat is where he wants to start his public service.

“We need a change in Annapolis. We have one-party democratic rule in District 17. It is not healthy for democracy,” he said. “I thought I could do the most good at a delegate level in Annapolis.”

Frick was born in Kensington and lived most of his life in Darnestown. He attended St. Martin’s Catholic School in Gaithersburg and Our Lady of Good Counsel in Wheaton. Frick graduated from Providence College in Providence, R.I., in 1993 with a degree in business management.

He worked at the Republican National Committee out of college before joining the tax department of Host Marriott in Bethesda in 1995.

He was a realtor with Chase Properties in Gaithersburg and now is self-employed corporate tax consultant.

Frick said he plans to thoroughly investigate the state’s spending coffers to find out where money can be better spent. He also said he would like the state to become more business-friendly by decreasing the state’s sales tax and reducing regulations to be more competitive with Northern Virginia.

He said he would like to do away with the state’s “millionaire’s tax,” a budget balancing tactic that created a higher tax bracket for millionaires. Frick said the tax has driven those who pay the most in taxes to move out of state.

“Businesses as well are being hurt by the poor tax environment in the county and state. Recently, Northrop Grumman decided to move [its] headquarters to Northern Virginia from California instead of Maryland or the District of Columbia because of the business-friendly environment that exists there,” Frick said.

As the election starts to heat up, Frick said he plans on door-to-door campaigning to find out other issues most concerning in the district.

“I need to find out what are the concerns of the Independents and the Democrats and see how we can work together. I look forward to a lot of Republicans voting and the Democrats voting for me who are not happy with what is going on in the state,” he said.

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