Maryland State Senate, District 44
|Website||Bernard Reiter for State Senate|
- See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010
In the September 14th primary election, Reiter was unopposed.
|Maryland State Senate, District 44- Republican Primary (2010)|
Positions on issues
Reiter is focusing on four campaign themes in his race for the Maryland State Senate. They are:
- Economic growth. His campaign says, "The cost of doing business in Maryland is too high. Bernie Reiter will work with others in the State Senate to lower taxes on Small Business and to give them incentive to hire within the city of Baltimore."
- Tax relief: Reiter says, "It is appalling that the current Senate Met in the middle of the night to pass a 1.4 billion tax increase on the State of Maryland. I will work to repeal those taxes and prevent the onslaught of new taxes that are killing jobs in Baltimore City."
- Fiscal responsibility: He says, "Simply Put: If we don’t have it. We don’t spend it. Lets direct the money away from bloated government programs that are wasting our money and give it to individuals and organizations that are actually doing the work. Change State contract bid processes so that we get the best equipment for the least cost."
- Immigration: Reiter says, "Illegal immigration costs this State BILLIONS of dollars each year. We need to remove the loopholes that allow illegal immigrants the ability to get drivers licenses in this state. No instate tuition for illegal immigrants. Aggressively enforce current laws that prohibit the hiring of illegal immigrants."
Bernard "Bernie" Reiter started his civic duties and awareness in Boy Scouts; he achieved Eagle Scout in 1974. Shortly after he graduated high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served on active duty from June 1975 to December 1979. He continued in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1986. During and after Military Service he attended several Colleges and Military Schools. He graduated from City College of Baltimore with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Correctional Administration. He continued his college education at UMBC until he was called by God to the ministry. He completed the Pastoral college courses through the Assembly of God’s Berean College.
From 1980 to 1982 Bernie assisted his Father-in-Law’s small business “Lawn Doctor of Howard County”. Bernie accepted a position with the State Of Maryland in 1982 working at the Maryland House of Correction. In 1984 he was hired by Howard county Detention Center. Bernie spent 23 years working for the Detention Center and retired as a Lieutenant. From 1982 until 1999 he was an active union member of Local 3080 ASFCME Council 92 . Bernie served as a shop steward and Executive Board member for most of his time in the Local. During his time as an Executive Board member He negotiated union contracts for Local 3080. Bernie along with the President of Local 3080 devised, negotiated and implemented the current employee retirement plan for Howard County. He served on the retirement Board until he was promoted to Lieutenant in 1999. After suffering many years with Crohns Disease he retired from the Howard County Detention Center in 2006. Bernie and his wife, Robin, has taken care of developmentally disabled adults in their home for the past 25 years. She is a contracted care giver for The Chimes’ Individual Family Services program. This program places the developmentally disabled in a family environment. Bernie has five grown children two of which are attending college and one who just graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. His oldest son served in Iraq in the Army Reserves, and is a Baltimore County Police Officer. Bernie’s oldest daughter works in the Office of Domestic Relations for Montgomery County PA.