Dirk Haire

Chairman, Maryland Republican Party

MDGOP Chairman Dirk Haire Applauds Anne Arundel County Council Republicans

Calls on Elected Republican Officials Statewide to Follow Their Lead to Promote Positive Police and Minority Community Relations

Annapolis, Md. (June 5, 2020) – In response to the senseless killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, and the nationwide protests calling for systemic change in how police departments operate, the Maryland Republican Party encourages all state and local elected officials to follow the lead of Republican members of the Anne Arundel County Council – Nathan Volke (District 3), Amanda Fiedler (District 5), and Jessica Haire (District 7) – in supporting a body-worn camera program for all police officers in their jurisdictions.

Today, these three Republican leaders succeeded in convincing Anne Arundel’s County Executive to add body cameras to his supplemental budget for Anne Arundel County’s fiscal year 2021 budget. Chairman Dirk Haire stated: “I am so proud of these great Republican leaders. They 100% stand for solving problems. Period. They saw a problem. They had a solution. And they successfully advocated for that solution.”

Haire continued: “Having worked with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee in Anne Arundel County for many years, I have seen first-hand the injustice faced by many of our friends in the black community.” Chairman Haire received the Committee’s Dream Keeper Award in 2004.

“As a Republican state leader, I appreciate the fact that we have county Republican leaders who are willing to lead on an important initiative that will help ensure transparency and accountability while helping to build more trust of the police by our black and minority communities. I urge all elected Republicans throughout Maryland to follow a similar path and make an effective contribution to promoting positive race relations in our communities.”