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Brian Grim - Delegate Subdistrict 1C -

July 31, 2006

Brian Grim, a Democrat, has put education at the top of his platform in his bid for the House of Delegates Subdistrict 1C seat.

Grim, 26, who is single and lives in South Cumberland, Md., recently earned a master's degree in teaching from Frostburg State University, according to a biography on his Web site.

He said during an interview that he wants to fully fund every primary and secondary public education classroom in the state.

He also favors lowering the cost of college tuition so more people can afford it.

He said he disagrees with federal No Child Left Behind mandates and wants to see if Maryland can opt out of them.

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Grim, who has not run for office before, supports legalize slot machines in Maryland as about 20 percent of the gross income goes back to localities that host slot machines.

Grim's written platform also gives his brief opinions on economic development, housing growth and gun ownership.

"There has been some planning, but I don't think (growth) has been managed very well," he said.

He said he agrees with attempts to attract new employers through tax incentives, but not by giving them property.

Finally, Grim considers gun ownership a federal constitutional right.

Grim said he has worked for the state Department of Natural Resources, managing the concessions at Rocky Gap State Park, since February.

Most of Subdistrict 1C lies in Allegany County. It also includes portions of western Washington County, such as Hancock and Clear Spring.

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