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Thomas Brewer

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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Thomas Brewer (Democrat) was a candidate who sought election to the Maryland State Senate to represent District 29. Brewer lost the general election on November 6, 2018, after advancing from the primary on June 26, 2018.

Thomas Brewer earned an undergraduate degree in biology from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2005 and a degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 2010. Brewer's career experience includes working as a pharmacist, lab instructor, sustainability coordinator, and bartender.

Personal

Full Name:

Thomas Anthony Brewer

Gender:

Male

Birth Date:

12/13/1983

Birth Place:

Dowell, MD

Home City:

Great Mills, MD

Religion:

N/A

Education

Attended, Saint Mary's College

Attended, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Political Experience

Candidate, Maryland State Senate, District 21, 2018

Professional Experience

Employee, Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse, 2013-present

Former Employee, Reluctant Navigator at Tall Timbers

Former Sustainability Coordinator, Saint Mary's College

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

Parlimentarian, Saint Mary's College Alumni Council, present

President, Saint Mary’s County’s Commission on the Environment, present

Member, Student Committee on Drug Abuse Education (SCODAE)

Elections

2018

General election
General election for Maryland State Senate District 29

Jack Bailey (R) defeated Thomas Brewer (D) in the general election for Maryland State Senate District 29 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

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Jack Bailey (R)
60.2
28,918

Thomas Brewer (D)
39.6
19,017
Other/Write-in votes
0.2
96

Total votes: 48,031
(100% precincts reporting)
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Maryland State Senate District 29

Thomas Brewer advanced from the Democratic primary for Maryland State Senate District 29 on June 26, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Thomas Brewer (D)
100
5,113

Total votes: 5,113
Republican primary election
Republican primary for Maryland State Senate District 29

Jack Bailey defeated incumbent Stephen Waugh in the Republican primary for Maryland State Senate District 29 on June 26, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

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Jack Bailey (R)
54.7
4,339

Stephen Waugh (R)
45.3
3,587

Total votes: 7,926


Policy Positions

Maryland State Legislative Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Abortion & Reproductive

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

2. Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
- Yes

3. Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
- No

4. Other or expanded principles
- I believe that pregnancy tests should be affordable and accessible, and an emphasis should be placed on teaching girls to take a test when they miss a period, so that any decision can be made as early as possible.

Budget, Spending, & Tax

Budget Stabilization:

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Maryland's budget.

1. Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions?
- No

2. Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees?
- No

3. Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients?
- No

4. An income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- I do believe there are some state employees that can afford to have their salaries reduced, including administrative positions that make more than ten times the amount of the lowest paid state employees. I also believe that the top earners in the state can afford to pay more in taxes.

Campaign Finance & Government Reform

1. Do you support any limits on campaign contributions to state candidates?
- Yes

2. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

3. Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
- Yes

4. Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
- No

5. Other or expanded principles
- I would support the requirement of a government-issued photo identification card, but only if low-income individuals have access to an affordable or free option.

Crime & Public Safety

1. Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
- No

2. Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- Yes

3. Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
- No

4. Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- I support the enforcement of federal immigration laws as long as profiling is not incorporated.

Economic

1. Do you support state government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering state taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

3. Do you support reducing state government regulations on the private sector?
- Yes

4. Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
- Yes

5. Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
- No

6. Do you support an increase of the minimum wage of Maryland?
- Yes

7. Do you support legalized state-sponsored sports betting in Maryland?
- Yes

8. Do you support increasing state regulatory oversight of ride-sharing drivers (e.g. Uber, Lyft)?
- No

9. Other or expanded principles
- I support lowering state taxes and reducing state government regulations on small businesses, but not large businesses. I believe the minimum wage should not be the same statewide, but rather tied to the cost of living for the specific region.

Education

1. Do you support adopting federal education standards in Maryland?
- No

2. Do you support state funding for charter schools?
- Yes

3. Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from Maryland high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- I do not believe we need more standardized testing, but rather much less. I support state funding for public charter schools, but not private schools. I believe a Maryland high school graduate living in Maryland should be eligible for in-state tuition if they are accepted into a public higher education school.

Environment & Energy

1. Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- Yes

2. Do you support state government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

3. Do you support increasing state funding for clean drinking water initiatives?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Gun

1. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

2. Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
- Yes

3. Should teachers be allowed to bring guns into the classroom?
- No

4. Should a license be required for gun ownership?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Health

1. Should the state government increase funding for treatment facilities to combat opioid abuse?
- Yes

2. Do you support Medicaid expansion through Maryland's health care programs?
- Yes

3. Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
- Yes

4. Do you support legislation that grants citizens the right to choose to die through euthanasia?
- Yes

5. Do you support eliminating religious exemptions for vaccinations?
- No

6. Other or expanded principles
- I support the requirement to purchase health insurance, but I believe health insurance should be made more affordable before requiring everyone to purchase.

Social

1. Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Maryland's anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes

2. Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Maryland's anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes

3. Do you support greater efforts by Maryland state government in closing the pay gap between men and women?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Legislative Priorities

In the following area, please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- I believe that bringing down the cost of healthcare by exposing Pharmacy Benefit Management companies is a top priority. If we were to require their dealings to be transparent, we can show the greed and fraud in the prescription drug industry and their lack of value in the healthcare industry. I also believe that the opioid epidemic needs to be addressed from many angles and that the state should join other states in suing the top opioid manufacturers like we did with tobacco companies. Lastly, I believe that mental healthcare should be prioritized in rural areas of the state.