Ocean City Today

Tinus looks to capture house seat

By Greg Ellison | Jan 18, 2018
Courtesy of: Ed Tinus

(Jan. 19, 2018) Political outsider Ed Tinus, who announced his candidacy last February to challenge State Sen. Jim Mathias (D-38) in 2018, re-filed last month after Delegate Mary Beth Carozza (R-38C) entered the state senate race and is now focused on filling her vacated House seat.

“I don’t fit the mold of either party,” he said. “I want citizens to be engaged in political process.”

Although running as a Republican, Tinus, a master upholsterer who lives in

Whaleyville, has engaged in past political contests as an Independent and Democrat.

In 2016, Tinus ran for U.S. Senate from Maryland as a Democrat and lost the primary to Chris Van Hollen, before losing as an independent write-in candidate. In 2012, the outcome was the same when he challenged incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin.

The western shore native who moved across the bay nearly a quarter century ago, said he “got his feet wet” working for Baltimore city under then Mayor William Donald Schaefer.

“I gained insights on how the ‘good old boys’ worked,” he said. “While working for the City of Baltimore, I saw examples of ‘creative-financing,’ and learned what political parties traditionally do for pre-selected candidates.”

Tinus wants to use technology, specifically an “Ed app,” to engage the public with the legislative process to foster “direct Democracy.”

“The Ed app would expose a bill to volunteers to read and red flag issues that don’t suit us,” he said.

Simplified legislation in the form of single-subject bills, written for ease of comprehension, is what Tinus envisions.

“The content in bills is too much to digest,” he said.

Tinus said the electorate should be allowed further input to regulate government activities.

“It’s our tax money; we should have a say in how it’s spent,” he said. “We need methods to give people a chance to vote on each bill.”

Under the proposed Ed app, Tinus said voters in District 38C would experience total transparency with an opt out option for “one-size-fits-all,” legislation.

“Even if it passes the General Assembly, it would not be law here in this district,” he said. “My question is if you want to vote with me?”

Tinus admits the concept of providing citizens that kind of conduit into lawmaking might be denounced by the political parties.

“Lobbying groups won’t be able to approach me,” he said. “When my term is over, my bank account will show what I got paid through the … state of Maryland and nothing more.”

Tinus currently faces two challenges for the Republican nomination after James Shaffer filed on Jan. 8 and Joe Schanno joined the group last Friday. City Councilman Wayne Hartman also has declared his intention to run. The filing deadline is Feb. 27, with primary elections on June 28. The general election will be on Nov. 6.

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