Southern Maryland, today is the day to get out and vote! If you’re a registered Republican and are undecided on who to vote for in the Maryland GOP 5th Congressional District House race, we are here to help! Get to know candidates Charles Sam Faddis and Mark Arness so you can make an informed decision at the ballot box today.

Mark Arness

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  • Age: 52
  • Lives in: Prince Frederick, MD
  • Education: University of Virginia (graduated cum laude); Federal Medical School (M.D.) 

Who is Mark Arness? (copied from campaign website)

Born in the remote mountains of rural Montana and raised with a ethic of self-reliant individualism, Mark Arness learned early on the value of commitment, teamwork, and perseverance, while attending school in a one-room schoolhouse and living in a log cabin.  After moving East, he graduated Cum Laude from the University of Virginia and went on to attend Federal Medical school in Bethesda, Maryland, graduating in 1990 with an M.D.  Mark’s medical work in the service was recognized by the Surgeons General of the Army and Air Force, and his original work on the dangers of smallpox vaccines led to sweeping changes in DoD policy on vaccinations.  Mark went on to a career in aviation medicine and became a licensed pilot as well, logging over 1500 military and civilian flight hours, including over 150 hours flown in 25 combat missions under enemy fire in the skies over war-torn Bosnia, Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. Mark is a decorated combat veteran, awarded the USAF Air Medal for gallantry in the war on terror in 2008.  After retiring, Dr. Arness operated a private practice in Calvert and St Mary’s Counties for several years, and became a Fellow in the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  He practices as a private consultant in Southern Maryland.  Dr Arness is a published author; his scientific papers have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine, among others.  He is a member of the American Legion, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and Knights of Columbus.

Mark is a devoted father of two lovely daughters with his wife, Mila, of 18 years.  He has lived in Calvert County, Maryland for twelve years, and has practiced in each of Calvert, St Mary’s,  Charles, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties.  Dr Arness keenly feels the real impact of the President’s ‘Affordable’ Care Act in our local community.  Dr Arness believes this country is on a perilous course towards socialism, and feels a moral  calling to serve as your voice on Capitol Hill.  Southern Marylanders need a Representative that truly represents our concerns.  Mark will sponsor and vote for legislation to serve our community’s needs, and express your interests in Washington, not the lobbyists’!

For more information on Mr. Arness, check out The BayNet’s interview with him here and his campaign website.

Charles Sam Faddis

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  • Age: 57
  • Lives in: Davidsonville, MD
  • Education: Johns Hopkins University (undergraduate); University of Maryland Law School

Who is Sam Faddis? (copied from campaign website)

Charles S. (Sam) Faddis is a retired Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operations officer and senior manager running for Congress in the 5th Congressional District of Maryland.

Sam took the first CIA team into Iraq nine months in advance of the 2003 invasion of that country. After serving abroad in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe, he served as the head of the CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center (CTC)’s Weapons of Mass Destruction unit charged with pursuing terrorist weapons of mass destruction programs worldwide. He has run large organizations, worked across the U.S. Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense and been involved in national security matters at the highest levels of our government. He has also spent more than his share of time running sources and covert action campaigns in the field.

Prior to joining CIA, Sam was a U.S. Army Armor and JAG officer, and then served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington. His father graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1944 and spent 34 years as a U.S. Navy officer serving in both World War II and the Korean War. Faddis’ grandfather served with Blackjack Pershing on the Mexican border in 1917 and then went on to serve in both World War I and World War II as well. He was also a member of Congress from 1932 to 1942. Sam’s brother is a retired Army officer. Sam’s son is a decorated U.S. Marine Infantry combat veteran, wounded in action in Afghanistan.

Sam has a keen understanding of the national security threats facing this nation and the challenges faced by the men and women protecting us from those threats. He has spent the six years since his retirement writing and commenting widely on national security and terrorism threats, and he seeks now to take that experience to the halls of Congress where it is so sorely needed.

Sam was born at the Bethesda Naval Hospital and his mother’s family has lived in Maryland since the late 1700’s. He and his wife, Gina,  have been residents of Maryland for the last twenty-one years. Sam has been married for thirty-six years,  has four children and resides in Davidsonville, Maryland.   In addition to writing, speaking and teaching,  he consults for the U.S. military.  Sam graduated from The Johns Hopkins University (1980) and the University of Maryland Law School (1983).

For more information on Mr. Faddis, check out The BayNet’s interview with him here and his campaign website.