The homicide rate in Baltimore reached 344 in 2015 and already hit 227 this year. Presumptive Baltimore City Councilman Isaac (Yitzy) Schliefer (D) campaigned both on reducing Baltimore’s crime rate and fiscal conservatism. Yitzi’s not the only person in Baltimore to campaign with a fiscally conservative platform. Governor Larry Hogan (R) won Maryland and overwhelmingly won the area. Dr. Mark Plaster is running on fiscally conservative platforms in Maryland’s third Congressional district.

Plaster’s district overlaps with Yitzy’s, even reaching Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, and Baltimore Counties.
Governor Hogan won Baltimore County by nearly 50,000 votes

A map of Eastern Maryland's congressional districts. Original map courtesy of the Daily Kos: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/09/1270976/-What-if-legislators-didn-t-have-to-draw-majority-minority-districts-Democrats-would-lose-bigHogan has been vocal about the problem surrounding Maryland’s third Congressional district: gerrymandering. He proposed arranging an independent research panel for redistricting reform, but the notion was fought by state democrats. 

“I’m running on the same fiscally conservative platforms as Hogan,” said Plaster. “We’re pro-business and pro-veterans. The incumbent’s record can’t say the same.”

The incumbent John Sarbanes has very low ratings regarding business and veterans’ issues. Between the National Federation of Independent Business, National Small Business Association, and Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, his highest score is 30%.

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“Governor Hogan wants to promote business in Maryland,” says Plaster. “I want to promote business in Maryland and across our country.” Dr. Plaster started a small publishing company in his basement that transformed into an international success featuring Telemedicine Magazine and Emergency Physicians Monthly, the “most-read publication for emergency medicine”.

A factor contributing to Plaster’s campaign is another internationally successful businessman who’s running on fiscally conservative platforms: Donald Trump. Both Plaster and Trump are running against long-time career politicians, John Sarbanes and Hillary Clinton respectively. Both candidates see Maryland as a potential swing state. Will fiscally conservative platforms be enough to win Maryland?