Robin Ficker

Republican

Illustration of Ralph Jaffe

(John Baker for The Baltimore Banner)

(John Baker for The Baltimore Banner)

  • Age: 79
  • Resides: Montgomery County 
  • Experience: Attorney, disbarred in 2022. Bachelor’s in electrical and mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Law degree from University of Baltimore. Master’s in public administration from American University. Member of Maryland Bar Association, 1973-2022. Argued a case against the NFL in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973. Represented Montgomery County in Maryland House of Delegates, 1979-1983. Many past unsuccessful bids for public office, including Maryland delegate, Montgomery County Executive, and U.S. Senator.
  • Personal: Divorced, three children
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Running mate:

LeRoy F. Yegge, Jr.

  • Age: 57
  • Resides: Dundalk
  • Experience: Hospitality management. Associate’s degree in mass communications from Dundalk Community College. Small business owner. Has never held public office. 
  • Personal: Married to Doris Yegge with two children

Questionnaire:

Jump to key issues:

Do you support the financial and policy requirements of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future (Also known as the Kirwan recommendations)?

Yes.

We are not going to approve tax increases for this.

Do you believe that parents have adequate input into public school curriculum choices?

No.

Parents should have more control over subject matter, safety and mandates.

Are you satisfied with the ways Maryland schools teach the history of Indigenous, Black, Latino, Asian or other communities of color and systemic racism?

Yes.

This is a truthful educational experience, not a political one.

Does the governor have a role in reducing the level of violence and crime in our communities?

Yes.

Bring in well-paying jobs from big companies are shunning the Maryland Department of Commerce and Ms. Schulz. End scourge of fentanyl, the number one cause of death ages 18-45.  Fund police drug labs.

Do you support efforts to reform or restructure the ways policing is funded?

Yes.

Officer Friendly should treat every citizen as they would their brother or sister. Would not defund police.

Do you support efforts by state’s attorneys to reduce or eliminate prosecution of nonviolent or low-level offenses?

Yes.

Solve the murders, gun cases and fentanyl cases first.

Would you propose changes to Maryland’s gun control laws?

No.

Second Amendment controls laws on books now.

Do you think Maryland is doing enough to address racial disparities in the criminal justice system?

No.

As a defense attorney, I have defended 40,000-plus cases, more than all the other candidates put together.  Treat everyone with respect.

Would you invest more state resources in Baltimore?

Yes.

Would bring in jobs with our Jobs Strikeforce.

Do you support changing state tax laws to require high-earning Marylanders and corporations to pay more?

No.

What taxes should change?

Cut the state sales tax 2 cents or $780yr./household.

How would you spend additional revenue?

Bring in jobs with snobs Strikeforce. Every Big company is avoiding Skeepy Schulz and the Maryland Department of Commerce.

Are you concerned about the affordability of housing and home ownership in Maryland?

Yes.

No property or real estate transfer tax increases.

Which of the following public health restrictions would you consider imposing statewide in response to increased coronavirus cases, hospitalizations or deaths?

[Candidate’s response in bold.]

  • Vaccine passports
  • Mask mandates
  • Capacity limits
  • None of the above

We should have opened Maryland in 2020.

Would you propose changes to the ways Maryland limits, regulates or funds abortion?

No.

Would not subsidize abortions with taxpayer money.

Do you agree with the scientific consensus that global climate change is influenced by human activities?

Yes.

We need more clean, nuclear energy.

Do you believe that Maryland residents and businesses have a responsibility to reduce their contributions to climate change, which could include greenhouse gas emissions, waste or energy use?

Yes.

Double production from 1 million homes to 2 million homes of Calvert Cliffs nuclear plan electrical energy production. 

Do you support additional energy production in Maryland?

Yes.

If so, which forms of energy production do you support?

[Candidate's response in bold.]

  • Wind
  • Offshore wind
  • Natural gas fracking
  • Solar
  • Nuclear
  • Other forms not listed here

Double electrical energy from clean Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant.

Do you believe that climate change will disproportionately impact poor and minority communities?

Yes.

Double Calvert Cliffs electricity production from clean nuclear.  It produces 1:3 more of our clean electricity now.

Do you plan to vote IN FAVOR of the statewide ballot question to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana?

Yes.

Limit amount to 10 grams.

Do you support the Red Line east-west rail/subway project in Baltimore?

Yes.

Want to see the cost-effectiveness studied.

What mode of transportation should be used for the project?

[Candidate’s response in bold.]

  • Light rail
  • Buses
  • Mix of the two
  • Something else

Would transit vehicles have to share their lanes, rails or intersections with other drivers?

Yes.

Would you support changes to Maryland’s public transportation systems?

Yes.

New Bay. Ridge Kane’s.  Improve 695x

Which of the following public-private partnership projects would you complete?

[Candidate’s response in bold.]

  • Interstate 270
  • The American Legion Bridge
  • The Capital Beltway
  • None of the above

Would you use toll lanes to fund these projects?

Yes, only low tolls.

Do you support the proposed high-speed maglev train between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.?

Yes.

Get Maryland moving if cost-effective.

Do you believe that Maryland’s elections are generally accurate, fair and well run?

No.

Mail out absentee ballots to those that request them.

Would you propose any changes to the laws governing how voters cast their ballots?

Yes.

By mail, only if ballot requested for that election.  Use voter ID.

Should Maryland do more to ensure minority-owned businesses have a fair opportunity to secure state contracts or business?

Yes.

Bring in the large billion $ expansions which are going to other states with our Jobs Strikeforce.

Robin Ficker

Robin Ficker. (Courtesy of Adam Fagen/Flickr)

Robin Ficker. (Courtesy of Adam Fagen/Flickr)