Steven D. Wyatt

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Steven D. Wyatt
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Former candidate for
Maryland House of Delegates, District 32
PartyDemocratic
Education
Bachelor'sNorth County High School
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Personal
Place of birthLewes, Maryland
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Steven D. Wyatt was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 32 of the Maryland House of Delegates.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Wyatt's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Governments inherently are responsible for providing services to their citizens, such as public education, public safety and proper infrastructure such as hospitals, roads and schools. They also have the duty of protecting the individual rights of its citizens.

When I talk with people about the issues that concern them the most they typically mention education, safety and taxes. I think those are big issues that government should be concerned about in addition to providing critical services related to infrastructure and daily living conditions.

In respect to education I believe that Anne Arundel County should have an elected school board. When you have half of your county budget being spent on education, the people responsible for that revenue should be held accountable by the citizens that pay those taxes. The only exception I would make is to keep the election of the student member of the board as it is now. I do believe that the student member of the board of education should have full voting rights, it shows that we as a county take pride in developing leadership abilities into our students first hand. I also believe as a state we need to review the maintenance of effort law in so far as, when counties have extra revenue one year and want to provide that to the school system that they are not penalized the next year for doing so..

When I think about public safety, I think about what I have heard most recently at the county delegation meetings, that we have an undermanned fire department and extremely undermanned police department, outdated equipment and failing facilities. These first responders are doing a tremendous job with much less than our surrounding counties, but it is taking a toll on their morale, their personal lives and their families. Low pay, the requirement for overtime and antiquated technology and buildings, including the police academy, not only affect our police and fireman directly, it ultimately affects our communities.

One final issue that is important to me is diversity in our county agencies, specifically the lack thereof. Diversity should be representative of the community. Matching the numbers exactly is not the answer because you do need to fill positions with the best qualified people but making the extra effort in the recruiting process would make a world of difference in balancing things out. Based on comments from the police and fire chiefs, those organizations are well on their way to being much more diverse organizations than they have ever been and its time the rest of the county agencies follow that leadership.[2][3]

Elections

2014

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. Mark S. Chang and incumbents Pamela Beidle and Theodore J. Sophocleus defeated Spencer Dove, Tonja Mccoy and Steven D. Wyatt in the Democratic primary, while Mark Angell, Joseph Fioravante, and Tim Walters defeated Jesse Mayer in the Republican primary. Beidle, Chang and Sophocleus defeated Angell, Fioravante and Walters for three seats in the general election.[4][5]

Maryland House of Delegates District 32, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPamela Beidle Incumbent 20% 17,120
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark S. Chang 18.6% 15,904
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTheodore Sophocleus Incumbent 17.6% 14,995
     Republican Tim Walters 15.3% 13,066
     Republican Mark Angell 14.4% 12,327
     Republican Joseph Fioravante 14.1% 12,012
Total Votes 85,424

Maryland House of Delegates, District 32 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPamela Beidle Incumbent 25.9% 4,631
Green check mark transparent.pngMark S. Chang 21.8% 3,910
Green check mark transparent.pngTheodore Sophocleus Incumbent 18% 3,232
Spencer Dove 13.2% 2,357
Tonja McCoy 13.2% 2,364
Steven D. Wyatt 7.9% 1,420
Total Votes 17,914
Maryland House of Delegates, District 32 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Walters 30.2% 2,533
Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Fioravente 25.6% 2,147
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Angell 24% 2,012
Jesse Mayer 20.2% 1,699
Total Votes 8,391

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