Eric Delano Knowles

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Eric Delano Knowles
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Candidate for
Maryland State Senate, District 30
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolSouthern High School
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 31, 1978
Place of birthSuitland, Maryland
ReligionChristian
Websites
Campaign website
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Eric Delano Knowles (b. January 31, 1978) is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 30 of the Maryland State Senate.[1] He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Maryland in 2012.

Biography

Knowles' professional experience includes working as a bartender. He served in the United States Air Force.[2]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Knowles' website highlights the following campaign themes:

Accountability

If elected I will promote and increase government accountability, transparency, and responsiveness to constituents. To do this I will engage in the use of sunset amendments so future generations won’t be obligated to repeat the mistakes of the current legislature. I will also (over four years) call for an audit of the entire State Government. This will help find spending gaps and seek out waste in an effort to eliminate the annual tax increases passed by our legislature. In order to ensure that you get the best representation by increasing accountability to you; all votes from start to end on a bill should be part of the public record and traceable back to each legislator. Also, it is my intent to make every dime you are forced to pay in taxes work for you, with performance based practices implemented at all levels of government and its functions.

Term Limits

I believe a large part of the problem with our government is career politicians who spend too long outside of reality (leading to things like the rain tax). The most immediate solution to the problem would be to set term limits. If elected I will push for term limit legislation and will term limit myself to 3 terms before passing on the responsibility to one of you. This is the way it should be done, so the people making the laws can vote without factoring in their chances of re-election.

Halt job killing legislation

The Democrats are seeking to create greater unemployment and economic hardships on the poorest of us through the raising of the minimum wage. They are hoping you will buy into their emotional argument and leave your logic behind. The facts are that if the minimum wage is raised, some will benefit but only at the cost of those who will lose their jobs. Employers have only two options when faced with this legislation; raise the costs of their goods and/or services to make up for the difference or fire employees to meet their bottom line or some combination of the two. There is nothing in this legislation that will create a single job, not a single one! However, what it will do is make many jobs illegal at their current wage and this will result in the lowest wage workers getting forced out of the labor market. The fact that this hurts minorities the worst is a dirty little secret the Democrats will not proudly stand behind – but it is the truth.

Repeal

I am of the opinion that Maryland has an over abundance of laws. These laws have lead to an imbalance in power between the State and the Citizen. I am not running to be on the side of the State. I am a true champion for small government; thus, I am on the side of the citizen. Some of the most impacting laws have been in the form of taxation… over taxation. The state lives off of the labor of the producers within its borders (the ones that remain and haven’t gone to states with lower taxes). While the state grows larger and more powerful, the individual grows weaker and poorer in a direct correlation.

While the state takes more of your money and spends it on services that you never see, Maryland families are forced to choose between the frequency and quality of their meals, between travel to see loved ones and sitting at home and between investing and saving for retirement or paying the bills. Meanwhile, what do we have to show for the increase in tolls, the increase in the gas tax (which promises to increase even further)? Instability.

Not only are people who have any money worth speaking of leaving this state, many businesses are leaving Maryland for states with competitive markets not bogged down by the burden of over taxation.

Let’s start by repealing and scaling back some (or a lot) of the taxes that threaten to impoverish Maryland families that are already struggling to make ends meet in this tough economy.

Nullify

The state government is supposed to and intended by our founders to push back against an overreaching Federal government. This conversation wouldn’t have been considered a hot button issue a decade ago. Fact of the matter is that Constitutional rights are being violated, and it’s time to realize that begging the Federal government to halt itself is not a practical solution. Many of the States in our nation are rediscovering this long forgotten and hidden power; the power to nullify unconstitutional Federal laws within our state.

A great place to begin would be to establish the supremacy of the Constitution’s 4th amendment within Maryland. Maryland can choose to not participate nor cooperate with the Federal Government’s domestic spying program, as well as formally condemn it’s practice. Our state government can protect us from being considered guilty and treated as terrorist with no probable cause, no trial, no jury.

2nd Amendment

I will never support any legislation that infringes on the right for individuals to protect ourselves, our families or our property. In passing Senate Bill 281, this legislature has not only hindered a right guaranteed by the bill of rights, but harmed native Maryland businesses.

Taxes

Maryland is among the most taxed states in the country, with 10.2% tax burden. In an uncertain economy, our citizens are being squeezed for every dollar they have, while our small businesses are flooded with restrictive taxes and fees. Successful businesses create jobs. We must work to give Maryland businesses every chance at success.

Speed Cameras

I am against the implementation of speed cameras. Speed cameras only catch the car, not the driver. Constitutionally, we are given the right to face our accuser. We cannot do this with a machine. The benefit of speed cameras is simply not worth the cost.[3][4]

2012

Knowles' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[5]

  • Civil Rights

Excerpt: "I will fight against unconstitutional legislation like the Patriot Act that strips us of our right to privacy and our rights against illegal search and seizures and the 2012 National Defense Authorization act that allows a small elite group of people in the administration to illegally and indefinitely detain any American citizen without a trial."[6]

  • Economy

Excerpt: "The problem with our economy stems from the fact that our dollar is weak due to overprinting." KNowles is in favor of ending the Federal Reserve and allowing Congress to determine monetary policy.[7]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "Yes, there are many problems involved with the health care system that we currently have. These problems exist because of government interference with what should be a free market."[8]

  • Immigration'

Excerpt: "I do not believe it is in the spirit of freedom to have the entire nation identified, catalogued, and given National ID cards or citizen papers that they would be required to carry on them at all times to determine our status when receiving these services.."[9]

Elections

2014

See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate 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. Incumbent John Astle was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Eric Knowles faced Don Quinn in the Republican primary. Unofficial results show Quinn leading Knowles by three votes.[1][10]

Maryland State Senate, District 30 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDon Quinn 50.3% 3,200
Eric Knowles 49.7% 3,158
Total Votes 6,358

2012

See also: Maryland's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Knowles ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Maryland's 3rd District. On April 3, 2012, he beat Thomas Harris, Draper Phelps, and Armand Girard in the Republican primary.[11]

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012.[12]

General election

U.S. House, Maryland District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sarbanes Incumbent 66.8% 213,747
     Republican Eric Delano Knowles 29.6% 94,549
     Libertarian Paul Drgos, Jr. 3.4% 11,028
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.2% 535
Total Votes 319,859
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Maryland, District 3 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEric Delano Knowles 33.5% 6,845
Armand Girard 23.5% 4,809
Thomas Harris 28.7% 5,874
Draper Phelps 14.3% 2,935
Total Votes 20,463

Media

Knowles uploaded this video, titled "Meet Eric Knowles" on June 12, 2012.[13]


Eric Knowles, "Meet Eric Knowles"[14]

2010

See also: Maryland gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Knowles ran as a Constitution Party candidate against incumbent Martin O'Malley (D), Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R), Maria Allwine (G), and Susan J. Gaztanaga (L) in the general election on November 2, 2010. O'Malley won re-election.

Campaign donors

2012

Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Knowles lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Knowles' campaign committee raised a total of $31,004 and spent $30,271.[15]

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Knowles' endorsements include:[16]

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