Republican Toland to join 6th District House race
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:38

Accountant is fifth GOP hopeful in race

by Ben Boehl

    The 2014 primary election is still a year away, but local candidates are already lining up to run for the Maryland House of Delegates.
    While Democrat Eric Washington has already declared his candidacy, most of the action has been on the Republican side.
    Last week 24-year old Mitchell Toland Jr. became the fifth candidate to announce that he is seeking a House of Delegates seat in the 6th District.
    Toland told The Eagle that he decided to run to protect the natural rights of citizens from “an out-of-control state government.”
    “I’m running for the House of Delegates because families in our district need somebody to protect them from a state government that hurts more than it helps,” Toland said. “The elected officials we have in Annapolis now enact laws that hurt our children, make it hard to afford living in Baltimore County, and make us less free.”   
    Toland is critical of Gov. Martin O’Malley and the Democratic state leadership for pushing gun restrictions,  raising the gas tax, subsidizing a wind energy company with tax dollars, increasing the sales taxes and adding more taxes to businesses.
  

“Whether it’s shredding our Second Amendment rights or instituting the ‘rain tax,’ these politicians are not afraid of forcing their will on our families,” he added.
    Toland is a resident of Walnut Avenue and a graduate of Kenwood High School in 2007. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from McDaniel College in Westminster in 2011 and now works as an accountant.
    He believes his job experience will help him if he is elected to the House of Delegates.
    “My experience has mostly been in business tax and accounting. This work has allowed me the opportunity to learn how complex organizations work well, and how they can struggle,” Toland added.
    “Looking at an organization like the Maryland state government, with an annual budget of more than $30 billion, it is evident that we need more legislators that understand how to balance a budget — and I’m ready to work for the 6th District.”
    When asked what he would do if his opponents use his youth against him, he responded that he is a part of the up-and-coming generation that is not corrupted by the political games that he says taint many incumbents in Annapolis, and said he has new ideas on the proper role of government.
    “We, as a whole,  have been electing delegates who are older than me and have been getting pretty poor results,” Toland noted.
    “More important than age is life experience and drive. I offer both of these to serve the people of [the 6th District].”   
    Toland has not officially filed for the office, but he did register a campaign committee with the state election board.
    He joins a race that already features 2010 House candidates Bob Long and Ric Metzgar, along with fellow newcomer Robin Grammer, who filed for the office in April, and East Baltimore County Republican Club president Dan Liberatore, who declared his plans to run for the House earlier this spring.
    Liberatore has not yet set up a campaign committee but confirmed last week that he still plans to run for a delegate seat.
    The presence of five declared candidates presents local Republicans with the prospect of a contested primary for the first time, after a long string of contests in which the local GOP often failed to produce a full slate of three hopefuls — or, occasionally, had no candidates at all.
    “I have no concern about the number of candidates running for office. I think it says something positive about our district that so many individuals are interested,” Toland said about the prospect of a contested Republican primary. 
    “Most of the time, citizens don’t get real choices in elections; that’s not the case here. I look forward to the discussion we’ll all have on the issues during the campaign.”