Pikesville teacher Ralph Jaffe says he’s not a politician. In fact, the main goal of his 2014 bid for governor isn’t to get elected.
“Changing the corrupt system is the goal,” Jaffe said. “But if elected, I will serve. Free, of course.”
Jaffe’s goal is to replace money in politics “with ethics,” he said. He officially filed for candidacy on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
“Right now, we don’t have one ethical politician in the state,” he said.
Jaffe, 72, thinks elected officials should refuse campaign contributions, referring to them as disguised bribes, should serve only one term — without pay — and should stay away from paid lobbyists.
If elected, Jaffe said he will oppose any effort to increase taxes. He will attempt to abolish the state Public Service Commission, which he says is a puppet of Maryland’s governor and allows BGE to “rip off customers.”
While other candidates have focused on increasing
access to pre-K, Jaffe said he would abolish the Maryland Department of Education.
“What a waste of money,” he said. “Each county’s department of education should be the people who oversee the public educational system in their county.”
He would also abolish two other institutions he said are wastes of taxpayer money: the Maryland Stadium Authority and the state’s Vehicle Emissions Inspection program. He also hopes to get nursing homes giving lackluster patient care to stop ripping off residents, he said.
A new goal, Jaffe said, is to strengthen the protection of animals and their owners when people need to give up their pets for adoption.
Jaffe, with his sister, Freda Jaffe, as his running mate, ran in 2010, earning 19,517 votes in the primary election and 319 votes as a write-in candidate during the general election, according the Maryland State Board of Election. He ran that campaign on less than $1,000, he said.
He also ran for U.S. Senate in 2012 and received 3,313 votes in the general election, according to the Board of Elections.
“What we’re trying to do is make these politicians ethical,” he said.
Marc Shapiro is a JT staff reporter — firstname.lastname@example.org