WASHINGTON (7News) — “I’m State Delegate Dan Cox and I’m running for governor to restore freedom to the free state.”
That’s how Frederick County Republican Dan Cox, the Trump-endorsed candidate in Maryland’s Republican primary, introduced himself during a Zoom interview with 7News On Your Side.
“I tell ya it’s an honor to run to bring back sanity, to end the jabs for jobs, to end the mandates to make sure our police officers are not chased off the job by these jab mandates,” said Cox as he rattled off his agenda. “What we’re looking at is focused on ending the mandates, restoring the constitution for every individual, making sure bodily integrity and medical health freedom is there for everyone, ending the government overreach making sure our police are backed and protected. I’d like to double police pay.”
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Cox is 47 years old, a long-time Marylander, an attorney, husband and father of 10. He has served in the House of Delegates since 2019. Though a fellow Republican, he has been harshly critical of Gov. Larry Hogan. During the last legislative session, he introduced a measure seeking to impeach the Governor over his handling of the pandemic.
“For the first time in 400 years we couldn’t go to church but you damn well could go to Walmart you could go to the liquor store,” said Cox. "That was an overreach beyond what we’ve ever experienced.”
Cox has been criticized by his detractors for tweeting during the attack on the Capitol on January 6, “Pence is a Traitor.”
He said there were irregularities in the 2020 election and he stands proudly aligned with former President Donald Trump and his policies.
“The America first message is what we believe and only President Trump is standing up and speaking those values,” said Cox.
Cox said if elected, he plans to lower taxes and take education back to what he calls teaching the basics.
“We’re gonna end, you know, this America hate teaching this divisive Marxist type approach with CRT and gender indoctrination which is really horrific that’s going on Pre-K through 3rd. It’s wrong," he said.