Annapolis, MD, March 3 – Republican gubernatorial candidate, former state legislator and self-described sports heckler Robin Ficker responded to a candidate questionnaire on disability issues. The questionnaire is from RespectAbility, a nonpartisan nonprofit disability organization that does not endorse candidates. The questionnaire is purely for educational purposes.
One-in-five Americans has a disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The disability community is the only one that, due to accident, aging or illness, anyone can join at any time. Indeed, there are more than 669,000 people living with some form of disability in Maryland and their votes could be crucial in deciding who succeeds Larry Hogan as governor of the Old Line State.
Ficker is the first candidate in the upcoming Republican primary to respond to RespectAbility’s candidate questionnaire. The questionnaire is purely for educational purposes. RespectAbility is actively communicating with all candidates in Maryland’s upcoming gubernatorial race. While Ficker did not respond to the questionnaire in full, he provided a statement in response.
The full text of Ficker’s response follows:
As a candidate for Maryland Governor, I shall answer your Questions as follows: There is one person working in my law office in addition to me, who has lost one leg below the knee. My significant other has a serious heart defect. Just observing these two individuals daily has led me to understand the problems handicapped people have. Plus, as a defense attorney who has completed 40,000+ cases, many of them handicapped individuals, I have dealt in Court with the problems challenged people have routinely. Robin Ficker
RespectAbility is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that fights stigmas and advances opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of their communities. RespectAbility does not rate or endorse candidates. View more coverage of 2022 candidates.