August 10, 2016 – Heather B. Wolford (Cumberland Times – News).
CUMBERLAND — Jobs — and how to get them — was the number one concern heard by Republican congressional candidate Amie Hoeber as she walked door to door in 90-degree weather on Wednesday talking to residents in South Cumberland.
“Any tax breaks for businesses is what we need,” said resident Paul Brant. “Anything that will bring good jobs here — not just fast food.”
Hoeber is seeking the 6th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, the position currently held by U.S. Rep. John Delaney, a Democrat.
Hoeber is a former deputy under secretary of the U.S. Army under President Ronald Reagan. Given her strong background in national security, Hoeber said she will work to bring cybersecurity jobs to the area.
“I think it’s going to be hard to bring manufacturing jobs, but possibly tech jobs for the young people.”
“There’s a fair amount of education going on at Frostburg (university), and I think what we need to do is make sure there are jobs in the area for those kids when they come out of school. They are all bright and well educated — they know what they are doing and they really need to have a way to get employed and stay here. The reason why they leave town is primarily because there aren’t those kinds of jobs here,” she said.
Hoeber is also working to secure what she calls “cube jobs” to the area.
“Cybersecurity is one of the key ones at the moment but this varies over time. There are lots of jobs that can be done in my terminology that are called ‘cubes.’ Call centers, help centers, there are a lot of help centers people have to call for their computer or to order something or ordering stuff from Amazon. Sometimes you can’t order strictly over the web, you have to talk to an actual human being,” said the candidate.
Hoeber said she was able to bring jobs to Garrett County without even being in office.
“There was a company there that offered some service jobs that I knew a defense contractor in the Washington, D.C., area needed,” said Hoeber. “I facilitated a link-up between the two and got the subcontract.”
Hoeber also strongly supports tax breaks for small businesses. A small business owner herself, she vows to alleviate some obstacles individuals must face when opening a business.
“Growing the small businesses and reducing the regulations that hamper them — that’s what matters. I’ve had a small business for 22 years. I know how all the bureaucracy gets in the way. There are some 3,000 different regulations that hamper small businesses — literally.”
Cumberland resident Margaret Boggs said the jobs here just aren’t enough.
“All we have are prisons and tourism,” said Boggs. “Prisons are good-paying jobs, but they bring in crime.”
Hoeber said crime is not just a Cumberland problem, and commended Gov. Larry Hogan on his recent monetary allocation to increase police.
“Hogan has allocated some extra money to all of the centers including Cumberland for countering the drug problem, some will go to treatment and some will go to policing.”
Hoeber said tourism isn’t enough.
“I’m really trying to solve the Cumberland problem, and it’s a big problem. Tourism is part of it (economy), but it’s not going to be a big contributor, we really have to get more high-tech than that. It’s very nice and you guys here are the confluents of two of the great rail trails and that needs to be maintained, but I don’t think that is the solution to solving the job problem.”
Lorelee Farrell, retired administrator for the Allegany County Board of Education joined Hoeber on her walk. She is currently running for a seat on the Allegany County Board of Education.
“I’m running for the board of education because I want to see all decisions made in the interest of the children,” said Farrell. “If you make decisions based on that, you can’t go wrong.”
Hoeber was recently named a ‘Young Gun” by the National Republican Congressional Committee. One of only 11 in the county, and the only one ever named in Maryland, a young gun is a title given to those individuals running an impressive campaign and likely to win.
“As a result of that they give you introductions to people and they give you data, counseling, interview training.
“I got to sit with Paul Ryan at a meeting so I could meet him — that sort of thing. They will give me all kinds of help as the campaign progresses. They believe in me and they believe I’m doing this right and those are both important things.”