“Shawn Quinn waited patiently for over an hour Saturday morning for his chance to address a nearly empty hall at St. John Baptist church in Columbia.
“There were barely two dozen people in the 120 seats at the candidates forum by the African American Coalition of Howard County when the Libertarian candidate for governor briefly laid out his platform of lower taxes and school choice.
“He said in a brief interview afterward he is often the only candidate for governor to show up at the many forums he is invited to.
“This is Quinn’s second run for governor. He got 25,382 votes in 2014, the highest vote tally a Libertarian candidate had ever achieved in Maryland, losing of course to Republican Larry Hogan.
“Quinn, 56, is a 20-year Navy veteran and a truck driver. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Montgomery County and currently lives in Lusby, Calvert County.
“‘I plan on changing a lot of policies,’ Quinn told the forum.
“He wants to cut Maryland’s sales tax in half to 3%, and eliminate all income taxes on retirees.
“He favors ‘100% school choice,’ having the education dollars follow the student to any public or private school they wish to attend — in essence a total voucher system.
“He says he was the first candidate in 2014 to be discuss the environmental problems from the Conowingo power dam on the Susquehanna River.
“Quinn is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment rights of gun-owners, and in fact, was rushing off Saturday to a bowling pin shoot out at a local gun range. He says Gov. Hogan has completely lost the support of 2nd Amendment advocates by his signing of the red flag law, allowing guns to be taken from people who might be a danger to themselves or others, and legislation banning bump stocks that can turn rifles into automatic weapons.
“Quinn denies that voting for him is a wasted vote. ‘You should be voting for the best people to do the job,’ he said.
“‘Even if we lose, it’s going to be a blast,” he said.
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