EASTON — Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, said he focuses every day to try and make a difference within local communities across his district.
“For me, its an urgent rush to get out and do something everyday,” Mautz said. “It may sound small, but for me if I can do one good thing everyday, I know I’ve done my job.”
Mautz is a native of St. Michaels and graduated the Ohio Northern University law program in 1997. After admission to the Maryland Bar Association, Mautz worked as a legislative lawyer for the House Judiciary committee as an advisor to then Governor of Annapolis, Bob Ehrlich. Mautz also is the manager of his family’s restaurant Carpenter Street Saloon in St. Michaels.
Mautz said generally, his platform is to provide prosperity for the Eastern Shore along with offering an open dialogue between himself and his constituents.
“First my goal is to make sure that everybody has a chicken on every table and a crab on every pot,” Mautz said. “The Eastern Shore is my home, it’s where I grew up, ... I’ll be there for anyone if they ever feel they need me.”
Mautz said a saying of elected officials is that after being elected, a representative should become the expert on one issue. Mautz has hardly picked a single issue, he said. From building a new hospital in Talbot County, offering broadband connectability throughout the district, among other efforts, Mautz said involvement in all issues is important.
Mautz said he is invested in the issues of the community. Prescription drug pricing issues, access to broadband and education are all issues on the forefront of Talbot County.
“I’m a big proponent of local rule, ... You try to take ideas that people have, try to coordinate them and you try and get the law changed wherever you need to,” Mautz said.
Mautz said he is focused on the “small guys,” in terms of creating regulations that benefit small businesses. He also said he was a proponent of protecting the Chesapeake Bay.
Mautz said it frustrates him that most laws and regulations in Maryland have to deal with the Bay. Mautz said he understands the Bay is Maryland’s primary resource, but that out of state pollution, like the opening of the Conowingo Dam, makes regulations feel like an exercise in futility.
“There’s got to be progress, there’s got to be something being done there. We can’t continue to look the other way,” Mautz said.
Mautz said he will continue to try and focus on as many issues as he can handle.
“My issue is the Eastern Shore. I don’t have the predilection to be a one issue person but its all about the district,” Mautz said. “For me, my job is to represent all the constituents in those four counties and make sure their needs are being addressed.”