Steve Johnson (Maryland)

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Steve Johnson
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Former candidate for
Maryland House of Delegates, District 34A
ProfessionBusiness owner
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Steve Johnson was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 34A of the Maryland House of Delegates.[1]


Campaign themes


Johnson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Economic Development

Harford County, like the rest of the country, has suffered through a disastrous recession and a partial shutdown of the Federal Government, yet we have managed to grow our economy and look forward to a bright future. But that cannot continue to happen without proper planning.

Our local and state governments must provide basic infrastructure and support for private businesses and governmental agencies to grow, providing good paying jobs for our citizens. That requires economic development programs and land use plans to encourage growth in the right places and at the right time.

As Director of Economic Development for the City of Aberdeen, I have worked with private businesses and government agencies to bring jobs to Harford County. I know we can only be successful if we have a plan created through public input and supported by the business community.

An example of poor growth planning is the proposed development of a large Wal-Mart store in an already crowded area south of Bel Air where two other large developments were allowed to proceed without taking into account the potential devastating traffic effects on the community.

Harford County taxpayers are also being cheated by our legislators. Their failure to allow Harford County to levy a tax on hotel visitors puts our citizens at a distinct disadvantage with other counties. We are the only county in the state to not have such a tax. That means county taxpayers pay such a tax in other jurisdictions around the country, but their residents pay nothing in Harford County. Such taxes help fund infrastructure needs and provide support for job creating tourism activities. Our local legislators have made little or no effort to move this tax through the legislator, despite support for it from county officials, businesses and even the hotel industry.



Maryland prides itself on providing the best public education of its children in the nation. But that requires making sure our school system has sufficient funding to do the job. Our county legislators apparently do not consider education a top priority. They have failed to work with county officials and other state legislators to bring back to Harford the necessary monies needed to insure Harford County teachers have competitive pay and a secure retirement and that our schools have all the supplies and resources necessary to give our children the highest quality education.


The Environment

I support the efforts to protect our environment. Clean water, clean air and taking care of our land are essential not only to our well-being but our children as well. We do not inherit the planet from our parents; we borrow it from our children.

Our local legislators have let us down on many environmental issues. One such example is MD House Bill 987, the Storm Water Remediation Fee (also known as the “Rain Tax”). Storm water runoff is a major polluter of Chesapeake Bay and we all understand the danger that it poses to our enjoyment of the bay, the seafood it produces, the jobs created and the tourism it generates. But the legislation places the burden of remediating the runoff on just the 10 counties west of the bay, although all of us contribute to the pollution. I believe we all share this burden, not just the few listed in the legislation. This is an important issue and we need to get it done right and fairly.




See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Mary Ann Lisanti and Marla Posey-Moss defeated Steve Johnson, Pat Murray and Maria Terry in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Glen Glass and Mike Blizzard defeated Beth Boyson in the Republican primary. Lisanti and Glass defeated Posey-Moss and Blizzard in the general election for two seats.[4][5]

Maryland House of Delegates District 34A, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGlen Glass Incumbent 28.4% 10,779
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary Ann Lisanti 26.4% 10,015
     Republican Mike Blizzard 23.9% 9,041
     Democratic Marla Posey-Moss 21.3% 8,057
Total Votes 37,892

Maryland House of Delegates, District 34A Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Ann Lisanti 29% 2,473
Green check mark transparent.pngMarla Posey-Moss 22.2% 1,895
Pat Murray 20.9% 1,784
Steve Johnson 18.4% 1,574
Maria Terry 9.5% 812
Total Votes 8,538
Maryland House of Delegates, District 34A Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGlen Glass Incumbent 48.7% 2,314
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Blizzard 27.7% 1,314
Beth Boyson 23.6% 1,120
Total Votes 4,748

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