Magee outspoken in crowded House race
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:14

Republican  candidate points to “leadership”

by Ben Boehl

    When two Republicans came within 2,000 votes of taking a local House of Delegates seat in 2010 — and with the opening of two Democratic seats in 2014 — a larger-than-ever Republican field came out for this year’s race.
    Among them is Charlesmont businessman Carl Magee, who says he considers the crowded field a good sign, but worries about a lack of “leadership.”
    “When I look at all the [Republican candidates] in this race, it is a positive sign, and I think everyone has a good head and heart, but I have not seen any leadership qualities,” Magee said of his GOP opponents.
  

Magee said that he decided to jump into the race because he has an 8-year-son and is worried about the younger generation.
    Magee is a former Baltimore City police officer and became known locally as the owner of the Body Factory when it was in Eastpoint Mall.
    As a business owner, Magee wants to see more done to help businesses and to create more jobs.
    “Our state is not business-friendly. Small businesses are being hurt by taxes and it is never-ending,” Magee said.
    “Our state has been taxed into oblivion. I’m very much against the ‘rain tax.’ What’s next - taxing the clouds?”
    Today, Magee works to help senior citizens with his company, called Senior Resources of Maryland, which he describes as a resource center that consults with seniors on available state medical programs.
     Magee said that many of his clients talked him into running.
    Magee characterized himself as a strong speaker and said his friends have questioned whether his outspokenness might hurt his chances at running for public office. He said they wonder if  he is “politically incorrect” enough to run for office. Magee said he is going to try to take advantage of his outspokenness.
    “I have been told that I’m ‘a podium for the truth,”’ he said.
    Magee said he wants to see drug testing for welfare recipients and the repeal of Common Core education standards.
    In a interview with The Eagle last week, Magee called himself a “big proponent” of the First and Second Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. As a former police officer, Magee is taking the position that a person should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon.
    “The data has shown in states [where residents are allowed to carry a concealed weapon] crime has gone down.” Magee noted.
    He also pointed out that he is against the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014, which is commonly known as the “bathroom bill,” which was recently passed by the General Assembly. The bill would outlaw any discrimination against transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations, including restrooms.   
    “I don’t want a guy walking into a bathroom because he is confused,” Magee said.