Occupation: Mortgage banker.
Bio: Chisholm has been in the mortgage lending business for 13 years, specializing in lending to our nation's veterans and servicemen. He is an entrepreneur and, for the past eight years, has owned a small business investing in both commercial and residential real estate around
Campaign finance: Chisholm has raised several thousand dollars through campaign fundraisers and direct donations. Some of his biggest contributors include
Occupation: Computer programmer.
Campaign finance: Drgos has raised a few hundred dollars, campaign finance records show.
Bio: Dwyer was elected to the
Campaign finance: Dwyer has raised tens of thousands of dollars, most of it through the sale of gun raffles, campaign finance records show. His two largest contributors are
Occupation: Manufacturer's representative.
Bio: Since 2001, Kipke has worked as a territory manager for
Campaign finance: Kipke has raised several thousand dollars, campaign finance record show. Some of his largest contributors include EpicPharm PAC and the House Republican
Occupation: Business owner.
Bio: Kurtz has been a small business owner for more than 25 years, operating Sports and
Campaign finance: Kurtz has raised thousands of dollars, much of it in small donations. His biggest donors include his own
Bio: Loudon ran for
Campaign finance: Loudon has raised no funds in this election cycle, campaign finance records show.
Bio: Simonaire is a cosmetologist with a degree from
Campaign finance: Simonaire has raised a few thousand dollars, most of it in small donations. Her largest donors were
Occupation: Real estate executive.
Bio: Therrien is a retired
Campaign finance: Therrien has not reported raising any funds.
Two Republican delegates are running for re-election in the newly formed District 31B, which includes
One of the incumbents is House Minority Leader
"Eight years ago I was just like you and decided to get involved because I care for our community, I care for our state and I want to be a resource and be helpful from a public policy perspective and a neighborhood community perspective," Kipke said.
"I have fought for property rights, individual rights and defending the constitutional rights of the people of
Dwyer also has been in the news for personal behavior. He was convicted of drunken boating and driving for accidents in 2012 and 2013, and sentenced to 60 days in jail. He has since completed an alcohol treatment program.
"I've addressed (my issues), I feel great about it, I feel blessed to be in the condition that I'm in and recovered to the point I've recovered," he said.
"There shouldn't be a question in anyone's mind if I have effectively represented them in legislature and will and can represent them effectively in the legislature."
At 23, Simonaire is the youngest candidate in the field. She has a cosmetology degree and works at a facility that offers reconstructive surgery.
The daughter of state Sen.
"I am excited and hopeful to take my fresh ideas to
Drgos is a computer programmer who, for the last 10 years, has been leading a software company in
"I believe everyone should have equal rights -- everybody should be looked at the same under the law -- but I believe we don't need laws to control morals or how people are looked at," he said.
Kurtz has been a small business owner for more than 25 years, operating Sports and Imports and
"When you talk about government and business, they go together because the government needs to be run more like a business," he said. "And you can't run a government like a business unless you have business people."
Simonaire has attacked Kurtz for changing parties. He was a registered Democrat for about eight years. He said he switched at the request of the late state Sen.
"When I really look inside, my values are more Republican than Democrat and I switched back to Republican," Kurtz said.
Chisholm has been in the mortgage lending business for 13 years, specializing in lending to veterans and service members. For the past eight years, he has owned a small business investing in commercial and residential real estate.
This is Chisholm's first bid for office.
"I try to instil in my son a belief system: If you see a chance to make a change or serve in a way to help others, I say stand up and fight," he said.
Loudon ran for
Therrien is a retired Naval officer; he said he was the chief of police on
"I'm at a point in life where I've done a great many things and I've looked at where we're going as a state," he said. "I'm not satisfied with the direction and I want to work to improve it."
Several of the candidates say when they knock on doors, people tell them they are burdened by taxes, specifically the stormwater management fee critics call the "rain tax."
"It doesn't look equitable to me, it doesn't look like it's going to get the job done," Therrien said.
Dwyer said he's concerned the rain tax won't solve the environmental issues that are polluting the
"It's very frustrating for me when we continue to impose rain taxes and restrictions on waterways, and government doesn't step up to address its own problems," he said.
Simonaire said she believes the high taxation is spending and proposed several cuts. She would work to cut back aid to students whose parents brought them to the country without documentation authorized under the Dream Act.
"I would get the spending under control first because we can't lower taxes sufficiently when we have out of control spending in government," she said.
Kipke said one of the agents that has wasted money in
"We all want Marylanders to be covered and have access to quality, affordable health care, but as important as it is, nearly
Loudon said she believes there needs to be a moratorium on new state spending for at least the next four years.
"We could do this if we work together and expose what's going on," she said.
The candidates all expressed strong opinions on education, calling for an elected
"I don't like how political Common Core seems to be," Drgos said. "It seems to be introducing a lot of liberal idealism into their education."
Occupation: Mortgage banker.