Democratic Senator Jim Mathias and Republican Delegate Mary Beth Carozza discussed economic and environmental issues at state forum.
The candidates for the District 38 senate seat also showcased their differing approach in appealing to voters at Tuesday’s forum moderated by WBOC’s Steve Hammond. Mathias, who is looking to occupy the state senate seat for a third term, hopes to maintain the democratic majority in the state house.
To connect more with voters, he spoke of the importance of healthcare and making sure opportunities are available for families.
“I’m a dad, I’m a neighbor, a taxpayer…not who you see in a mailbox,” Mathias said.
Carozza, a District 38C delegate for the past four years, focused more on economic change. She used her experience and working with current Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to appeal to voters.
“For the past four years, I have been a leader in the area of job growth, tax relief and reversing the heroin opioid epidemic,” Carozza said.
Both candidates were asked about the offshore wind issue and their thoughts on building wind turbines off the shores of Ocean City.
Carozza was cautious about the negative impact of the legislation. She argued that the overall cost of the turbines, coming from tax-payer pockets, would be too much.
“We really need to see how much something will cost in order to go forward,” Carozza said. She also argued that the turbines would have a negative impact on commercial fishing which could affect the livelihood of fishers.
Mathias spoke of his stance in the legislation. He said he supported it the first year but could not the second year due to no consensus.
“I’ve worked for renewable energy. Please remember the goodness that we’re bringing to the next generation,” Mathias said.
Dorian Rogers, freshmen Student Governor Association (SGA) senator of diversity and inclusion at SU, supports the building of turbines. He believes it is important to take care of the planet for future generations.
“Our environment is a crucial and vital thing to focus on as humans,” Rogers said.
The event was co-hosted by Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Salisbury Committee and the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) at SU.
The state senate Election Day is set for Nov. 6. See link below for further voting instructions.
(All photos courtesy of Glory Ngwe.)