Johnny Mautz



ST. MICHAELS — A St. Michaels resident plans to enter the Maryland House of Delegates race for Del. Jeannie Haddaway’s District 37B seat in the 2014 general election.

“The Eastern Shore needs more than another representative. We need someone who knows and appreciates our heritage and will fight for the issues that matter most to us,” Johnny Mautz, who is running as a Republican, said.

Haddaway is currently in the 2014 gubernatorial race with Harford County Executive David Craig. She’s running to be his lieutenant governor.

Though Haddaway will remain the District 37B delegate, which covers Talbot County and portions of Caroline, Dorchester and Wicomico counties, someone new will have to step forward and fill her seat whether she and Craig win the 2014 gubernatorial race or not.

Mautz operates Carpenter Street Saloon, a business his mother Diana has operated in St. Michaels since 1981, and has helped raise several hundred thousand dollars for local volunteer firefighters and emergency responders through an annual auction.

He is a graduate of the Ohio Northern University Law School, member of the Maryland State Bar Association, graduate of the University of Dayton and attended the Country School and St. Michaels middle and high schools.

After graduating from law school, Mautz said he began a career in public policy. He is the legislative director for U.S. Representative Howard Coble with “extensive” experience working on regulatory reform and intellectual property law and oversight of the United Stated Department of Justice and the federal judiciary.

He worked as a special assistant for Gov. Bob Ehrlich from 2003 to 2006, focusing on matters dealing with the departments of the environment, natural resources, agriculture, transportation, business and economic development, and planning.

Prior to 2006, Mautz worked as a counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

Mautz said all of this background, when coupled with his knowledge of community issues, helps give him “the ability and the know-how to influence policies in Annapolis to preserve the heritage of the Eastern Shore so we can leave a better community for our kids and protect our friends and family who are dealing with tough times right now.”

{span style=”font-size: 12px;”}Mautz said his friends work in small businesses, his father, Dr. John Mautz, is a dentist in Easton, and he has worked in his family business, Carpenter Street Saloon, throughout his life.{/span}

{span style=”font-size: 12px;”}”Small businesses and working families, the lifeblood of the Shore’s economy, have to be fiscally responsible and make difficult decisions to survive. I will fight to ensure the government’s policies are also fiscally sound and in the best interests of the Eastern Shore, particularly for District 37B,” he said.{/span}

{span style=”font-size: 12px;”}”Also, there is nothing more difficult for me than to listen to friends and fellow business owners who work hard for their families and communities but find themselves mired in problems with state agencies and complicated regulations. In my mind, constituent services should be the most important service that a delegate can provide. I genuinely enjoy helping people and will fight hard for the constituents of District 37B when they are in need.”{/span}

{span style=”font-size: 12px;”}Mautz is an avid outdoorsman and has played in various local sports leagues, including the 1981 Easton Little League team that went to the Little League World Series. Mautz and his wife, Rebecca, and two children, Johnny, 5, and Evelyn, 3, along with their retriever, Roxy, live in St. Michaels.{/span}

{span style=”font-size: 12px;”}Aside from being the son of Dr. John and Diana Mautz, he is the brother of Dan Mautz, a volunteer firefighter and Red Cross emergency responder.{/span}

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