CHRISTOPHER ADAMS

CHRIS ADAMS

SALISBURY — A Wicomico County man has filed to enter the House of Delegates District 37B race, which covers Talbot, Dorchester and parts of Wicomico and Caroline counties.

Del. Addie Eckardt, R-37B-Dorchester, and Del. Jeannie Haddaway, R-37B-Talbot, are the current District 37B representatives. Eckardt, who filed for re-election to her seat, has been in the House since 1995. Haddaway is Harford County Executive David Craig’s running mate in the upcoming 2014 gubernatorial election, so she cannot run for her House seat again.

Christopher Adams, president of Value Carpet One Floor and Home in Salisbury, entered the race in mid-October.

“Frankly, as a delegate, I would be able to better serve the needs of the business community. I think I can be the voice of businesses as a citizen, because I am,” Adams said, who said he would be a “citizen legislator” if elected.

Adams said he got involved in the happenings of Annapolis after his family business, of which he is a third-generation president, was issued a citation by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

After investigating the law, which could have cost the company “multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Adams said he discovered he had some problems both with the nature of the law and the way the investigation against the company was performed.

Through that process, Adams began to work with the Maryland and Northern Virginia Floor Covering Association, for which he now serves as president, and the association went to Annapolis and successfully got the law changed.

“As a business person, as a man that was deeply affected by a law that was written, we were able to make meaningful change,” Adams said. “What transpired is my ongoing interest in being in Annapolis — working with delegates and senators to fill some additional ambitions and interests of our industry. What we saw was a regulatory environment that made it very hard for businesses to work confidently in the state.”

Adams said he was motivated to run when he heard Haddaway entered the gubernatorial race.

Adams said that “when you get to Annapolis, you find quickly that there are few people” who have his background in business and that there should be more legislators in Annapolis who understand what it’s like to work in a tough environment.

“I think I can relate to a farmer. I can relate to a waterman. I can certainly relate to a small business person that’s trying to make it in (this) economy, because I’m living that,” Adams said.

He said there are a couple key points he would like to address as a member of the Maryland General Assembly if elected.

One issue is the business environment in the state and the conditions the state is asking businesses to work under. Another issue is the Second Amendment, as he feels the state’s gun laws passed in the 2013 legislative session started to take away some basic Constitutional rights.

As a “proud” Republican, he said his views are that of a “Constitutional conservative” and that the Constitution should be the basis for which lawmakers operate.

But Adams said he wouldn’t want to make a career out of being a delegate, as that’s how “people should view service to Maryland.”

{span style=”font-size: 12px;”}All three who are currently in the race are running as Republicans. The other candidate, besides Eckardt, is Talbot County native Johnny Mautz.{/span}

{span style=”font-size: 12px;”}If the field stays as it is now, the top two candidates with the most votes would move through the primary and to the general election. The same happens with the Democratic primary, however no Democrats have filed to run yet. The deadline to file for candidacy in the 2014 general election is 9 p.m. Feb. 25, 2014.{/span}

Adams was born and raised in Salisbury. He graduated from Wicomico High School in 1990 and later received his Masters of Business Administration from Salisbury University.

He and his wife, Jill, have three kids — Matthew, 15, Maggie, 13, and Mitchell, 12.

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