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Why I am Running

I would like to thank all of the residents of the 33rd District for placing their confidence in me to represent  them in the State Legislature. First and foremost, I am a husband, father of 3 children and a small business owner.

I immigrated to this wonderful country as a teenager in search of a better life and future. With hard work, determination and many sleepless nights, I have reached my own version of the American Dream. None of this would have ever been possible without all of the great opportunities that this country has offered me.

Running for office is one way for me to do my part and give back. I want to make sure that our children and grandchildren have the same and even better opportunities that would help them reach their full potential.

Small businesses are the back bone of our economy and we have to take care of them so that they are able to grow, create jobs and expand our tax base. I have worked with Governor Hogan over the past four years to ensure that we eliminate red tape and burdensome regulations so we can save and attract new businesses.
 
Furthermore, I am not a single issue candidate. I have worked and continue to work on a variety of issues that affect our citizens. As the father of 3 with one child in elementary, middle and high school, it is very important to me that they all get the best quality of education our schools have to offer.
 
 I am very proud of my work on a variety of issues from fighting to lower our health insurance premiums, prescription drug prices to the opioid epidemic and mental health is often ignored. As a member of the Minority party, we work extremely hard across the aisle to make sure both sides of the issue are being heard and we are coming out with good pieces of legislation that benefit every single one of you. 
 
I am determined to fight for things that I believe are detrimental to the future of our state. We all agree that we need safe schools, good roads, clean air and  fresh water and the best of everything but, we have different ways of attaining them.  Money does not buy happiness nor fix all of our problems.
 
 I strive to work with my colleagues to find workable common sense solutions. In this political climate, people often use emotions over facts but as elected representatives, we owe it to our constituents to look at the issues, listen to both sides, and use facts to come up with solutions. In addition to being policy makers,  we are also your link to government and constituent services is extremely important to me and my to my role as your delegate..
 
 Four years ago I made you a promise that if you give me a chance to be your Delegate, I will give the job everything I have and will always to available to you and to your families.Today I renew that promise and hope that you`ll give me another chance to represent you.  It has been the greatest honor of my life to represent you and humbly ask for your support on November 6. 

Delegate Sid Saab

Please click on the link below to find out more information about Sid Saab's Committee assignment and bill form the 2018 legislative session. 

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=sponpage&tab=subject6&id=saab01&stab=01


Of school board proposals, Saab's is the best

Elections have consequences — sometimes years down the road. If 2017 goes down as the year in which Anne Arundel County moved to an at least partially elected school board, it's fallout from what happened in 2014, when the county not only elected a Republican county executive with strong views on education but gained a Republican governor ready to back him up.

This led to last year's messy legislative and legal battle over the make-up of the committee that recommends board appointees to the governor. It was enough to push Democratic legislators to scrap the longtime opposition to an elected school board that has made Anne Arundel an outlier in Maryland: the only county hanging on to a fully appointed board.

Given traditional legislative courtesy, the decision is up to the county's General Assembly delegation, which has three proposals on the table:

•Del. Sid Saab, R-Crownsville, proposes seven board members elected by councilmanic district, with one member appointed by the county executive. Not surprisingly, this is the option County Executive Steve Schuh favors.

•The delegation chairwoman, Del. Pam Beidle, D-Linthicum, wants seven members elected by councilmanic district and one elected countywide.

•State Sen. Bryan Simonaire, R-Pasadena, suggests a 10-member board, seven elected by councilmanic district and three appointed by a commission — basically the same as today's School Board Nominating Commission, but with the county executive's appointees removed.

 

We sympathize with Simonaire's argument that retaining appointed members may be the only guarantee of diversity on the board. But after last year's vicious battling over which organizations and interests ought to be represented on the nominating commission, it may be a lost cause to try to turn over the selection of three board members to essentially the same panel, this time without the governor to screen its decisions.

On balance, we like Saab's proposal best. Given that the school system accounts for more than half the county's operating and capital spending, it's reasonable to give its government at least one voice on the board that draws up the school budget. But Schuh forgets that he's not the entire remainder of county government, and that there's a legislative branch that also has to approve the school budget. The county executive's appointment to the school board should be subject to the advice and consent of the County Council.

 

Beidle's proposal has the advantage of simplicity. If the county is going to start electing school board members, why not go to a fully elected board, like 18 other Maryland jurisdictions? What we don't like is the creation of an at-large board seat. This is likely to turn into an election for the school board presidency — if not for a sort of understudy to the county executive, the only other official elected countywide. Having an elected school board will inevitably inject more political maneuvering into the system, but this may take it a step too far.

The plan that eventually emerges from the county delegation will probably be a combination of two or more of the pieces of legislation on the table. We have no idea of the exact form the finished bill will take — but it's highly likely county voters will find at least some potential school board members on their ballots next year.

 

http://www.capitalgazette.com/opinion/our_say/ph-ac-ce-our-say-0205-20170205-story.html


Sid Saab: From Lebanon to the State House

Del. Sid Saab, R-Crownsville, remembers when his family waited in line for wheat or bread, or parked the car at the gas station because someone heard the truck was coming that day.

Saab emigrated from Lebanon to the United States in 1990 and found his way to Maryland to be near his wife's family, whom he met in Washington, D.C.

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He now owns a real estate business and is living the American dream, arriving in this country with $700 in his pocket and a desire to get away from the fighting and uncertainty in his home country.

And Wednesday he becomes Maryland's first Lebanese-born delegate.

"I couldn't do what I did here in Lebanon," Saab said. "Because if you are not from the right family ... you're never going to be able to play any part of change" — and, he said, you would never get a seat in the country's parliament.


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