Jim Shea's issues

What he would focus on if he were Governor

Jim Shea and Brandon Scott say they want to invest in the future of Maryland. Their campaign indicates that they hope to bring a fresh perspective to the Governor's office. Click here to see his entire campaign site. 


  • Create a program for universal access to pre-k
  • Devote resources to programs that assist disadvantaged students, like community schools and after-school programs
  • Develop a rigorous curriculum that is benchmarked against international standards and ends our reliance on high-stakes testing
  • I will create a funding system that treats and compensates Maryland’s educators
  • Ensure that our high school graduate students who are college or career ready
  • Will propose an increase in funding for K-12 education that at least matches the projected growth of the State’s General Fund budget


  • Invest in transportation to reap long-term benefits rather than focusing on short-term returns
  • Invest in transportation infrastructure in Western Maryland, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore
  • Undo Governor Hogan’s decision to cancel the Red line
  • Push for clear accountability standards including
  • Adhering to the Transportation Scoring Bill
  • Instituting a board that oversees MTA
  • Making ridership data available for all of Maryland’s public transportation system
  • Integrate Baltimore and Washington, D. C’s transit system so they use the same payment technology to provide a more fluid service to Marylanders

Jobs and Wage Growth:

  • Shea administration will train Marylanders for the jobs of today and prepare Marylanders for the jobs of tomorrow
  • Build our economy from the middle out to create a dynamic middle class
  • Work with private and public-sector employers to expand economic opportunity so that workers across the state can provide for their families and save for college and retirement


  • Encourage growth in the agricultural sector without compromising our commitment to protecting the environment
  • Partner with farm workers
  • Be an advocate for important industries such as crab harvesting, poultry farming, horse breeding, winemaking, and more
  • I pledge to make sure that agricultural workers of all backgrounds go to work every day with the peace of mind
  • Ensure our agriculture industry remains a source of pride and prosperity for decades to come


  • Make investments to ensure that the treasure of the Chesapeake Bay is protected from pollution, climate change, and rising sea levels
  • Expanding investments in Maryland’s renewable energy industry and upgrading the state’s infrastructure
  • Encourage economic growth, especially in our agriculture sector
  • Ensure that the Department of the Environment and the Attorney General’s Office have the resources they need for inspection and enforcement
  • Protect our clean waterways to support our watermen and the fishing industry


  • Ensure that Marylander’s laws and priorities regarding immigrants’ rights are fair
  • Support DACA and the protections it has provided to so many families, and I will work to see it passed at the federal level
  • Shea doesn’t believe that the state and local police should be tasked with enforcing federal immigration laws
  • Ensure to make sure that all Marylanders, particularly those who come to our state as immigrants, feel safe and welcomed

Health Care:

  • Affordable healthcare
  • Work with schools, especially community schools, to ensure that children are being cared for and develop proper and healthy habits
  • Convene those with a vested interest to find workable solutions that provide more quality and affordable healthcare to Marylander

Public Safety:

  • Target violent crime and illegal gun possession while working to reform policing and restore community trust in law enforcement
  • Work with the Maryland Attorney General to harness the newly passed Maryland RICO statute to dismantle violent criminal organizations across the state
  • Ensure that Maryland law enforcement has the latest technology at their disposal to fight crime effectively
  • Fund programs like ROCA and Safe Streets, which interact with troubled youths and ex-offenders
  • Attack drug addiction as a health issue and deflate the demand for drugs that drives violent organized crime


  • Reconsider how pharmaceutical companies market opioids to doctors
  • Reconsider how doctors prescribe opioids to our citizens
  • Establish treatment programs throughout the state
  • Expand our outreach efforts to the most vulnerable parts of our population to bring access to treatment t those who don’t have the resources or ability to get to rehabilitation centers
  • Train our emergency healthcare personnel on latest in overdose treatment and fund programs to increase the availability of the lifesaving drug naloxone
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