Chris West

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Chris West
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Candidate for
Maryland House of Delegates, District 42B
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWilliams College
J.D.University of Pennsylvania
Campaign website
Chris West is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 42B of the Maryland House of Delegates.[1]


West earned his B.A. degree from Williams College in 1972. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1975.[2]

Professionally, West has practiced law in Baltimore, Maryland since 1975.[2]

West has been active in the Republican party. He served as an executive director of the Maryland State Republican Party and a chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Party. From 1980 through 2002, he served many terms as counsel to the Maryland Republican Party and was legal counsel to all three Ehrlich for Governor campaigns.[3]


Campaign themes


West highlighted the following themes on his campaign website:[4]

  • Maryland personal income taxes
Excerpt: "If I am elected, I pledge to dig in my heels and fight to hold the line on further personal income tax increases."
  • Maryland corporate income taxes
Excerpt: "If I am elected, I will propose an immediate reduction of Maryland’s corporate income tax rate from 8-1/4% to 6% (the same rate as Virginia), with additional annual -1/2% reductions until Maryland’s rate is only 3%, half of the rate in Virginia."
  • Maryland's death tax
Excerpt: "If elected, I will introduce legislation to increase Maryland’s estate tax exemption so that it is identical to the federal exemption."
  • Second amendment
Excerpt: " If I am elected, I will respect a citizen’s Second Amendment right to own a firearm, and will oppose unreasonable restrictions on law-abiding citizens who wish to exercise that right. I will work to increase State funding for law enforcement which is targeted at the black market for guns. I will explore ways in which the State can discourage the usage of homicidal video games."
  • Natural gas and Atlantic Ocean windmills
Excerpt: "I will work to convert Maryland’s coal-burning electrical power plants to natural gas, and I will oppose the wasteful O’Malley windmill project."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I will fight to maintain the first place ranking of Maryland’s public schools and will endeavor to change the rules and regulations that currently place roadblocks in the way of using alternative certification standards for school teachers, particularly in the disciplines of science, math and technology, where the State has experienced continuing shortages of qualified teachers."
  • Death penalty
Excerpt: "I would have voted against repeal of the death penalty and will support a referendum on the issue. In the long run, however, if we keep electing Governors who are opposed to the death penalty, it makes little sense to spend huge amounts of money on capital punishment cases."
  • State pensions
Excerpt: "I plan to make as a top priority a thorough investigation of the management of the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System and will work with Democrats to craft the best solution to this incipient crisis."



See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Robert Leonard and Craig J. Little were unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Susan L. Aumann and Chris West defeated incumbent Joseph C. Boteler III and Jesse Filamor in the Republican primary. Leonard, Little, Aumann and West face off for two seats in the general election.[5][6]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 42B Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan L. Aumann Incumbent 40.2% 3,987
Green check mark transparent.pngChris West 35.2% 3,499
Joseph C. Boteler III Incumbent 19.3% 1,912
Jesse Filamor 5.3% 531
Total Votes 9,929

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