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Howard County is home for Dan and Patti. Dan is proud of the legacy that Howard County provides for progressive values. Dan aims to work with others through his political service to build on this history of achievement. He will listen to serve and build bridges with all people for better government.

Active in civic and community issues, Dan is a strong advocate for good government, transparent governance, sustainable choices, sensible solutions and economic opportunity.

Dan is grateful for the many women who have joined his campaign. In this video, you can learn why so many women say “I’m with Dan!”



• Dan supports a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, and will work to protect funding for Planned Parenthood.
• Dan supports equal pay for equal work. As a small business owner, he has made sure that his company treats all employees equally.
• Dan will fight for paid time off and adequate family leave for all workers - policies he already has in place at his family business.
• Dan will fight for affordable child care and universal pre-K in our schools.
• As a business owner and CEO, Dan has made sure that the work place was diverse, fair and just. No one should be harassed in their work place.

Dan is an active board member of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce and as a leader in Annapolis, Dan will propose incentives for small businesses and entrepreneurs to follow their dreams of owning a business. For those who are seeking good jobs, Dan will fight for equal pay for equal work and for a level playing field, so all Marylanders can succeed.

As a leader in Annapolis, Dan will support our professional educators who take on the mission of preparing the next generation. Dan will work to make pre-K available – because we know the benefits of early childhood education echo for a lifetime. Dan will fight to get $700 million in funds from state-sponsored gambling added to the education budget. In 2017, Dan served on the Operating Budget Review Committee for Howard County Public Schools. He also will advocate for creation of a $24 million fund to reimburse teachers who use their personal funds to purchase classroom supplies.

Dan will be a champion for programs that encourage “aging in community.” Our seniors have dedicated their lives to building up our communities. Dan wants to help seniors to live, work and play in Maryland and keep our families together. Dan will fight for a property tax system that makes sense. No one should be taxed out of their home. Dan will promote adequate health care, transportation and recreation services that seniors need.

Dan will be a champion for our environment. He will stand up to polluters and science deniers to make sure that our air, water and land is livable for today and future generations Dan knows that the future of our environment hangs in the balance due to changes proposed by our current President. As a leader in Annapolis, Dan will advocate for “common sense,” sustainable development. Dan is a member of the Sierra Club, the Rural Maryland Council and the Farm Bureau of Howard County. Dan will fight for:

• Forest Conservation: The Forest Conservation Act is not living up to expectations. Dan will advocate prioritizing protection of contiguous forests that provide intact forest ecosystems and improving replanting formulas and existing mitigation systems such as forest banking.

• 2018 Clean Energy Jobs Initiative: Transitioning fossil fuel-generated carbon emissions is a serious need. Dan will support policies that will increase the renewable electricity standard to 50 percent by 2030. He will support provisions for investing in workforce development in the renewable energy industry and supporting “Made in America” products. He also will initiate a study to see how Maryland will reach a goal of 100 percent renewable energy.

Dan will protect everyone’s right to follow their dreams. Dan is a board member of Rebuilding Together Howard County, which helps elderly and needy persons live in homes that are “safe, warm and dry.” As a founding member of the Housing Center for Columbia, which encourages “intentional integration,” Dan has a vision for providing equity for all members of our community.

Proud to be supported by those who keep us safe, Dan will make sure that our responders have the resources they need to keep our communities a safe place to live, work and play.

Dan knows that government must do a better job of delivering services. He will work for innovation and empowerment of state employees. Dan’s experience managing change in the workplace will be valuable to find more cost effective and efficient ways to deliver public services. Dan agrees with President Obama that the politicians shouldn’t be picking the voters. He will oppose gerrymandering and advocate for special elections instead of appointing members to the legislature. Dan has had a long career in media and he will use that experience to increase awareness and trust in our government.

Dan will be campaigning about issues and ideas important to our future. As member of the board of the Community Foundation of Howard County, Dan has worked to fund projects that provide a “hand up” to those in need in our community while advocating for long term solutions to social challenges.

Dan has been active in our community. He raised his family here. He knows our community and our community knows him. He can be trusted to represent you in Annapolis.

All Marylanders deserve the right to quality affordable and accessible health care. Even before the Affordable Care Act, Maryland successfully expanded access to affordable health care to hundreds of thousands of its citizens.

It’s time to push toward a single payer system that provides health care for all. It is essential for fairness, equity and so that more Marylanders have the long-term security that they deserve.

Health Care: A Road Map for the Future

All Marylanders deserve the right to quality affordable and accessible health care. Even before the Affordable Care Act, Maryland successfully expanded access to affordable health care to hundreds of thousands of its citizens.

It’s time to push toward a single payer system that provides health care for all. It is essential for fairness, equity and so that more Marylanders have the long-term security that they deserve.

With a Congress that’s especially dysfunctional about health care, states across the country will be called on to implement new and innovative solution to lower health care costs and expand access. That includes creating a contingency fund to ensure that children in Maryland have health care if the federal government does not fund CHIP. And, we may need a statewide mandate to replace what the Republican-controlled Congress removed from its Tax Bill.

In Maryland, the health care sector is innovating every day. It’s time to convene a state-wide commission – including doctors, nurses, hospitals and patients – to find workable solutions for more quality and affordable health care for all Marylanders. We need to reward preventative care services that lower costs and create a healthier population. We need to work with schools to ensure that children are being cared for and develop healthy habits.

Healthcare is a big driver of both the federal and Maryland’s budgets. These budgets – and, our lives – depend on high quality care. And what we are doing isn’t working for many people.

Currently, the United States spends more than twice per capita on healthcare than any other nation in the world and yet with regards to healthcare quality on a population level, we rank well below many developed, Western nations on basic health metrics.

Today, about 400,000 Marylanders are uninsured or underinsured. While uninsured, many are getting the most expensive health care in emergency rooms after ambulance rides. The cost of providing uncompensated care is paid by the rest of the population by increased health insurance premiums. To meet the need, it has become apparent to thinking people that universal health insurance coverage, perhaps in the form of Medicaid for All on the state level, is morally correct and fiscally responsible.

For prescriptions, the State should leverage its purchasing power to drive down prescription drug prices for Medicaid beneficiaries and State employees. Reducing prices will benefit all. Maryland has shown its willingness to tame pharmaceutical excesses by passing legislation to control price gouging efforts, starting last October. Now is the time to build on this success and take further action to drive down drug prices affecting Medicare recipients.

On the delivery side, Maryland can do better providing financial incentives that reward physicians for providing appropriate levels of care. Maryland should extend the Health Services and Cost Review Commission’s All Payer Single Rate Setting authority to all ambulatory and outpatient settings so as to realize the proven cost-saving and disparity-reducing benefits that have been found in the inpatient setting. Standardizing pricing for health care services across all settings of care will introduce transparency, accountability, and affordability for premium-payers and tax-payers.

Maryland will benefit from a Medicaid for All public option healthcare plan that will be provided on a sliding income scale. Individuals making up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL) would continue to get coverage at no cost to them. Individuals, for example, who earn up to 300% FPL would be eligible to buy into this public option for perhaps $100 per month which would be more affordable than purchasing a comparable commercial plan in the open market for perhaps $500 per month.

Publicly administrated healthcare plans have been consistently shown to have significantly lower overhead costs (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services averages about 3%) than commercial plans (averaging 18%).

Congressional inaction on healthcare reform need not incapacitate Maryland from ensuring that Marylanders continue progressing towards higher value healthcare. We should not be satisfied until every single citizen in Maryland has access to quality and affordable care.

Gun violence is a public health crisis in need of immediate redress and the best way to prevent gun violence is to reduce the number of guns in society, improve tracking of those guns, and to ensure that all gun owners meet legal requirements of gun ownership. Dan's recommendations include:

• Enforce all existing laws
• Improve database for gun purchases
• Eliminate "Weapons of War"
• Reduce self inflicted harm
• Change the Supreme Court

What is the future for gun safety in our community?


Gun violence is a public health crisis in need of immediate redress and the best way to prevent gun violence is to reduce the number of guns in society, improve tracking of those guns, and to ensure that all gun owners meet legal requirements of gun ownership. As someone said recently, if more guns made us safer, then Baltimore City would be one of the safest cities in America. But clearly it is not.

So, we need to reframe the conversation. This is not a political issue; it’s a civic issue. What kind of society do we want to be? My recommendations are as follows and I invite you to share yours, too.

ENFORCE ALL EXISTING LAWS. For example, when courts order that guns be removed, such as when a restraining order is issued for domestic abuse, only about 7% of the time does anyone go to collect the guns. There are other examples of existing laws not being enforced. Recently, the governor signed a bill that provides a process for removing guns from convicted domestic abusers, which is important. Why? Convicted domestic abusers commit 54% of all mass shootings and most individual homicides. We need to make sure law enforcement has the resources to enforce the new law.

IMPROVE DATABASE FOR GUN PURCHASES. In the Parkland school shooting, the gun dealer said there was nothing unusual about the sale of the AR-15 to a 19-year old. That’s a problem. There were multiple warning signs that he was not stable and may be a menace to himself and others. We need a database that flags multiple sources to find out if there is anything outstanding. And if there are flags, we at least need a waiting period.

The Maryland Firearm Safety Act was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond. This law requires individuals who wish to purchase a handgun to obtain a license from the state prior to the purchase. To obtain a license one must first pass a gun safety course, submit one’s fingerprints to law enforcement authorities, pay a $50 fee, wait for the license to arrive in the mail, and upon purchase, one must register the gun in a statewide registry. A registry will reduce straw purchasing of weapons that are subsequently used to commit acts of violence.

The governor also signed a “Red Flag” law that allows family members or police to take away firearms from individuals deemed to be a danger to themselves or others, which is encouraging. However, we need to make sure that enforcement and full implementation takes root very soon. Too often those who are charged with keeping us safe are over-taxed, understaffed and poorly funded to act on court orders.

ELIMINATE “WEAPONS OF WAR.” We need to remove assault type weapons from being sold to the general public. The courts have agreed that “weapons of war,” such as AR-15s, are not protected by the Second Amendment. It would seem that all parties agree that there are limits to what sort of firearms should be available to whom, where, and when.

LET’S STUDY THIS ISSUE Getting at the gun issue isn’t simple, largely because the data is sketchy. For example, one of the only public comprehensive estimates of AR-15s in circulation was done by Mark Overstreet, a research coordinator for the NRA, for a court case in 2009. Overstreet estimated that at that time there were 2.1 million assault rifles distributed in the U.S. between 1986 and 2009 and that AR-15s accounted for about 15% of all rifles manufactured in 2007. Using this data, it’s fair to estimate that more than 610,000 were produced and distributed in 2007 alone!

How many Americans actually own a gun? A 2016 study by Harvard and Northeastern University put the total number of privately owned firearms in the U.S. at 265 million, with more than half of that - 133 million - being concentrated in the hands of just 3% of Americans, called “super owners,” who have an average of 17 guns each. A typical gun owner does not own an assault rifle.

Some Americans believe they need a gun for protection. This isn’t necessarily true. While there are divergent views on gun ownership, there is broad consensus that automatic and semi-automatic assault weapons have no place in gun shops, gun shows, gun catalogs on our streets or in our homes.

We need a thorough study of gun violence in America. It’s time to lift the ban on gun violence research by the Center for Disease Controls. Gun violence is too important of an issue to not have reliable, trusted data when considering public policy for our children and the future. Research is a common-sense step. Even Congressman Jay Dickey, who sponsored the research ban back in 1996, now is calling for studies.

REDUCE SELF INFLICTED HARM. Not all gun violence is aimed at others. According to Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, each year there are 11,000-gun homicides in the United States and there are an additional 20,000-gun suicides during those same 12 months. Reducing access to guns would not eliminate suicides, but it is possible that it could curb the number of suicides since suicide attempts are sometimes impulsive acts that are instigated by an acute crisis that could be mitigated given time. Firearm regulation advocates argue that their proposed policies would provide that gift of time and, for some, life.

We need to stop people from being able to purchase a gun quickly. According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, requiring a license to purchase a handgun will reduce homicides by 40% and suicides by 15%.

CHANGE THE SUPREME COURT. In 1791, the Founders drafted the Second Amendment for a specific purpose at that time, which was to provide safety to the community. Today, those words can also be interpreted to protect our community. It’s time to get a Court to have an honest and correct reading of what it means for a “well ordered militia” and the right to bear arms – in 2018.

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS.
• Gun purchases should be limited to those age 21 and over. Those who own guns also should be held responsible for keeping guns out of the hands of children, not eligible to purchase firearms.
• It’s time to fully consider requiring ammunition to be stamped with a Bullet Identification Number (BIN).
• Let’s consider a tax on bullets that will fund a “buy-back program” to reduce the number of assault weapons in Maryland.

Gun violence has plagued us for long enough. We need to take action now. What are your ideas? You can share your thoughts here. But let’s move from conversation to action!!!

It is startling that the religion issue has been raised in the campaign for 9B. I am sharing the presentation made by John F. Kennedy in 1960, which I thought had settled this issue.

If there are questions, please feel free to ask me directly by phone (443-286-4317) or email (daniel@danielmedinger.com).

Onward and upward.

Dan knows that a key to the economic future is building a 21st century transportation system. All of us suffer from too many delays standing still on major roads. With congestion growing faster than roads can be built and widened, it’s time that we got serious about mass transit and develop a measurable system that gets people where they want to go and removes cars from our roadways. Dan will collaborate with others to plan a mass transit system that is reliable, affordable, safe, convenient and comfortable.

Transportation: It’s time to get moving


Maryland needs a better transportation system to be successful in the 21st century. Creating a comprehensive plan is necessary.
The plan should have the following goals:
• Make public transportation affordable, accessible, convenient, effective and safe
• Reduce the carbon footprint for transportation
• Encourage mass transit opportunities
• Reduce traffic on existing roadways
• Invest in correcting bottle necks that impede traffic

To address Transportation issues, a broader approach to community outreach is required. Too often transportation is limited by the boundaries of a county, city or other jurisdiction. In fact, decisions should be driven by cost effectively getting travelers to their destination.

One thing is clear: we cannot build our way out of the current transportation snarls. Drivers have learned that bigger road ways have not reduced traffic or delays.

So, we need a 21st century solution that will include more rail and group travel – buses and other options. ‘We also will need to add a bike option as millennials and others are changing the way that people get to their destinations.

In addition to saving travelers time and expense, the new transportation system will also be a boon for jobs and business as builders of the new system will get to work providing creative ways of getting us from home to work to school and to recreation.

Too often a transportation plan has been stymied by the cost. But the cost of doing nothing is also very high as the average commuter wastes hours of time each day.

A 21st century transportation system will propel Maryland to the forefront of recruiting big firms to join our state and to bring in a new generation of the work force looking for mass transit options as part of their lifestyle choices.

All of us have a role to play in getting a 21st Century transportation system moving forward. We need to:
• Develop a deeper understanding of regional transportation issues and the critical role transportation plays in our lives.
• Educate fellow citizens about transportation and its important linkages to quality of life.
• Educate fellow citizens about the importance of investing in transportation service and infrastructure.
• Become empowered advocates who implement their own action plans related to transportation.

It’s time for policy makers, business leaders, and the public make informed decisions about transportation choices and transportation infrastructure investments in our region.

Unfortunately, right now, there is little planning. Too often intimidated by the cost – as if the entire system will be done in only a few years – the plans are not fully formed and nothing gets done. We need plans, we need public input and we need action and investment to make our state the leader in transportation, as we were in previous generations. Let’s get going.

A lifelong Democrat, Dan has been an active leader in the Democratic party, serving as president of the Ellicott City Western Howard Democratic Club. In 2016, he was honored to be selected as “Democrat of the Year” in Howard County.

Many people believe that we need change and that means we need new people with progressive ideas to get better results. Dan is the strongest and best advocate for our community on the issues that we care about.
Also, Dan is most likely to be elected and to flip District 9B (Ellicott City) from Red to Blue.