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Shawn Quinn
Running with Lorenzo Gaztanaga
  • Age 52
  • Retired from U.S. Navy; truck driver for Naval Air Station
  • Lives in Lusby
  • Graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School
About Quinn

In Quinn’s first foray into elective office, he tried to knock off the sitting House Minority Leader. In his second, he set his sights for the governor’s mansion.

Quinn has taken a voter-by-voter strategy to spread his Libertarian message across the state on a shoe-string budget. His platform includes reducing Maryland’s sales tax, instituting term-limits for the General Assembly and legalizing – but not taxing – marijuana.

He spent 20 years in the Navy and retired as Petty Officer First Class before embarking on a series of second careers during his 40s. Quinn has worked at a dive shop, as a training instructor for the Red Cross, and as corrections officer in Norfolk, Va.

After returning to Maryland with his wife, today, he drives a truck at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River and lives in Lusby.

His running mate is Lorenzo Gaztanaga, who ran in the lieutenant governor spot on the Libertarian ticket in 2002.

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Tax Law
If you could make one change to Maryland's tax laws, what would it be? How would you pay for lost revenue or spend added revenue?

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  • Shawn Quinn
  • Anthony G. Brown
  • Larry Hogan
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Higher education
State higher education leaders have set a goal of raising the proportion of adults with college degrees from 45 percent to 55 percent by 2025 to help Maryland compete in the global economy. Do you support that goal? If so, what would you do as governor to help achieve it?

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  • Shawn Quinn
  • Anthony G. Brown
  • Larry Hogan
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Prison problems
What should be done to correct and prevent problems at the state-run Baltimore City Detention Center?

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  • Shawn Quinn
  • Anthony G. Brown
  • Larry Hogan
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Chesapeake Bay
As you know, more than half the rivers and streams in the six-state Chesapeake Bay watershed are in poor condition, and less than a third of the estuary's water is clean, according to the EPA. The agency has ordered states to do more to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution by 2025. Do you support this so-called pollution diet? If so, what would you do as governor to achieve its goals? If not, what would you do to change it?

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  • Shawn Quinn
  • Anthony G. Brown
  • Larry Hogan
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Marijuana
Maryland moved this year to make medical marijuana available and to decriminalize possession of small amounts. Should the state go further and legalize, regulate and tax marijuana sales?

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  • Shawn Quinn
  • Anthony G. Brown
  • Larry Hogan
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Business
If you could do one thing to improve Maryland’s business climate, what would it be?

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  • Shawn Quinn
  • Anthony G. Brown
  • Larry Hogan
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Transportation
On transportation, what would you do to relieve congestion in the state’s urban centers? Upgrade infrastructure in its rural areas?

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  • Shawn Quinn
  • Anthony G. Brown
  • Larry Hogan
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