Janda says voters feel 'alienated'

September 08, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ
  • Dennis Janda

In his first run for public office, Congress candidate Dennis Janda said, "I want to bring representation back to the district. I feel alienated and everyone else feels alienated."

Janda, 61, of Frederick, is one of five Republicans running for Maryland's 6th District seat in Congress.

The incumbent, Roscoe G. Bartlett, is seeking a 10th two-year term.

The primary is Tuesday.

The winner will face one of two Democrats -- Andrew Duck or J. Casey Clark -- in the Nov. 2 general election. Libertarian candidate Dan Massey and Constitution Party candidate Michael Reed also are in the race.

Members of Congress are paid $174,000 a year.

Janda said elected officials at all levels are not talking to their constituents and facing the tough questions.

A top issue, Janda said, is how to combat illegal immigration.

He praised Frederick County Sheriff Charles A. "Chuck" Jenkins for adopting a federal program that lets his department enforce immigration laws locally.


Janda said the United States needs to stop the flow of illegal immigrants at its borders.

Janda called President Obama's stimulus program a "smokescreen" that isn't boosting the economy or creating jobs.

Former President George W. Bush had a better approach -- giving money directly to the public, Janda said.

"Who knows how to spend it better than you do," he said.

Janda said executives running corporations should be more diligent and creative in adding new jobs. He proposed two ideas:

o Have no corporate tax on any new job a company creates

o Impose a 100 percent tax on revenue that companies try to shelter in off-shore or foreign accounts. He acknowledged that the 100 percent tax might be seen as anti-Republican, but he said the country is losing working capital that could help the economy.

Janda said public officials should be more straightforward with their constituents.

He wondered why gas cost around $4 a gallon briefly, but is a lot less expensive now.

"We're being manipulated into thinking there's a free-market economy out there," he said.

Candidate for Congress, 6th District

Name: Dennis Janda

Age: 61

Address: 1636 Andover Lane

Hometown: Frederick

Education: Graduated from St. Bernard High School in Playa Del Rey, Calif., in 1967; completed a program in electronics at Control Data Institute; attended El Camino Community College in California and Montgomery College in Rockville, Md., but didn't earn a degree

Occupation: Retired after 26 years of working for the Washington, D.C., Metro system

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: First run for public office

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