Boyds resident Flynn Ficker is drawing on his local experience for his campaign as the only Republican candidate for District 15 delegate.
Ficker, 31, describes himself as a “full-time politician” with political expertise from working with his father at his law office and in his District 15 campaigns. His father, Robin Ficker, is running for state senator in 2014. Robin and Flynn have formed a slate and are campaigning as Republicans for District 15.
The district stretches along the western edge of the county, from Clarksburg to North Potomac. Del. Kathleen Dumais (D) of Rockville, Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo (D) of Boyds and Del. Aruna Miller (D) of Darnestown currently represent District 15.
Robin represented District 15 in the House from 1978 to 1982. Flynn is making his first run for elected office.
Flynn said he is watching the battle over Ten Mile Creek in Clarksburg, where environmental groups, developers and the county planning board are debating the number of residential units that should be built in the creek’s watershed. The creek flows into Little Seneca Reservoir, a back-up drinking water supply for the Washington, D.C., region.
“If there is development, I want it to be smart development, not something that would damage the environment,” Flynn said.
Flynn said he is also concerned about possible delays to school improvements, as proposed by schools Superintendent Joshua Starr on Monday. He agrees with Starr that expansion is needed, but he is concerned that older schools like Poolesville High School, which is in District 15, will have to wait longer for their planned revitalization project.
Flynn said he’s also concerned about taxes on small businesses, based on what he’s heard from constituents. He wants to create a tax-friendly environment for small businesses, especially those in the Interstate 270 corridor.
“I wouldn’t vote for any tax increases,” he said.
Flynn, who is not married, has been an assistant wrestling coach at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville and a camp counselor at Valley Mill Summer Camp in Germantown. He also has worked as a salesperson at the produce stand for his family’s farm and as a deliveryman for a local restaurant, he said.
Flynn is currently accepting donations for his campaign, but said he has not planned any fundraiser events yet. He plans to file with the state to become a District 15 delegate candidate early next year.
Dumais, Miller and former delegate Saqib Ali have filed for the 2014 race. Fraser-Hidalgo is serving the remainder of former Del. Brian J. Feldman’s term. Feldman, a Potomac resident, left his delegate seat and became the district’s senator after former Sen. Robert Garagiola (D-Dist. 15) resigned.
Primaries will be held in June and the general election will be in November 2014.