David Garland is a CEO with decades of experience in the private sector, who is running for office because he wants to use his background in economics to induce change to the financial infrastructure of the city. His top priority issues include lowering taxes and eliminating obsolete and redundant regulations that he believes are plaguing the economy, boosting charter schools, attaining smaller classroom sizes, and defeating the marine waste transfer station on 91st Street. Garland is running on the “Dump the Dump” ballot line, which he created last year when he was running for city council. It should be noted that the marine waste transfer station is currently being constructed, and Citizens Union felt that this use of fusion voting in 2014 could be misleading to voters. Garland supports much of Citizen’s Union reform agenda, and believes that legislators should serve full time. Garland does not support the lowering of campaign contribution limits, or banning or limiting them from corporations, LLCs and LLPs, citing his unique position as a Republican running in a largely Democratic district. He states that these limitations would ensure that he could not get larger donations, and he would be otherwise handicapped by his party alignment. Garland supports term limits for state offices, believing that the accumulation of power is a detriment to the system, particularly in the Assembly’s leadership. Overall, while Garland understands the problems of his district well, his views did not closely align with those of Citizens Union.