The 2014 campaign season has started early. This new monthly roundup covers Maryland election news in August and lists every candidate who has filed and most who have announced. Each district is listed by county and, in most cases, incumbents with their status. The districts reflect the new district lines, which have placed some incumbents into the same district.
If we have have missed any candidates who have announced and have a website, but have not officially filed, please email Len@MarylandReporter.com. We will update this list in October.
Maryland General Assembly
Del. Wendell Beitzel, a Republican, filed for re-election.
District 1B: Allegany (Kelly)
District 1C: Allegany and Washington (Myers is retiring)
The delegate seat is being vacated by Del. Leroy Meyers, who announced in May that he will not seek re-election.
Republican Michael McKay president of the Allegany County Commissioners.
Hancock resident Ray Givens, a Republican.
District 2A: Washington
District 2B: Washington
District 3A: Frederick
Del. Patrick Hogan will not seek re-election and plans to spend more time with his family and explore other career opportunities, reports Bethany Rodgers of the Frederick News-Post.
District 3B: Frederick
Darren Wigfield, a Republican, has announced his run for delegate.
Mount Airy native and former town councilwoman Wendi Peters is running for delegate.
Del. Sonny Minnick announced at the end of August that he is retiring after 23 years, reports Bill Gates in the Dundalk Eagle. Sen. Norman Stone is also retiring.
Del. John Olszewski Jr. is running for the open Senate seat.
Incumbent Sen. J.B. Jennings filed Aug. 6 for the Senate seat.
Incumbent Del. Kathy Szeliga, a Republican, has filed, as has Democrat Norman Gifford, a Democrat, filed in June for the delegate seat.
Republican Christian Miele kicked off his campaign for delegate in August.
Del. Gail Bates, a West Friendship Republican, is seeking the open Senate seat in District 9. Sen. Allan Kittleman is seeking the county executive seat.
Democrat Dan Medinger announced his candidacy for the Senate seat. At his Aug. 19 announcement, Senate President Mike Miller introduced Medinger and called the seat “winnable” for a Democrat. Medinger, a communications firm owner and former editor of Baltimore’s Catholic Review, described himself as a pro-life and fiscally conservative.
9A: Carroll, Howard (two members, Bates is running for Senate) Incumbent Del. Warren Miller has filed for delegate, as has Trent Kittleman in April, and former Republican congressional nominee Frank Mirabile filed for delegate in July. The two-time congressional candidate said he is running to keep the district in conservative hands, reports Amanda Yeager in the Howard County Times.
9B: Howard (one member) Republican Carol Loveless has announced and filed, Democrat Tom Coale announced in June. Republican Bob Flanagan, a former delegate and secretary of transportation, announces his candidacy Sept. 4.
Sen. Delores Kelley filed for re-election in May.
Democrat Rob Johnson filed for delegate.
Democratic incumbents Sen. Robert Zirkin, Del. Dan Morhaim and Del. Dana Stein are running as a slate. Del. Jon Cardin is running for attorney general instead of seeking re-election.
Democrat Don Engel is the only candidate who has filed, which he did in April.
Catonsville resident Rebecca Dongarra has announced for delegate.
Sen. Ed Kasemeyer, a Democrat, filed for reelection in July.
With three open seats, this will be one of the most competitive districts in 2014.
Democrat Mike Gisriel has not filed or announced, but has a campaign Facebook page. Jim Hyatt has a Facebook page, and will announce soon. At least two more candidates are expected to announce this month.
Del. Guy Guzzone is seeking the open Senate seat. He filed in July.
Columbia resident Fred Eiland filed in July for delegate.
School board member Janet Siddiqui has announced she will seek a delegate seat, and has been included on the incumbents’ ticket.
Republican Danny Eaton filed for delegate in April.
Sen. Karen Montgomery filed for re-election in April.
Democrat John Paul Evans of Gaithersburg filed for delegate July 31. Evans, 23, works in the information technology department at Children’s Pediatricians and Associates in Silver Spring, reports Sylvia Carignan of the Gazette. Evans is concerned about civil rights and government transparency.
Del. Brian Feldman is vying for an appointment to the District 15 Senate seat be vacated by Sen. Rob Garagiola.
Leaders of the county’s minority communities see Garagiola’s resignation as an opportunity to send a candidate of color to the state Senate, reports Bill Turque for the Post.
Garagiola’s resignation also has Montgomery leaders worried about his absence on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, reports Kate Alexander for The Gazette.
Bilal Ayyub confirmed on Twitter that he is campaigning for the Senate vacancy, reports Maryland Juice in Juice #2, but he later withdrew his name from consideration. The withdrawal was under pressure from elected officials and activists, reports Bill Turque in the Post.
Aspirations for higher office have produced an open Senate seat and two open delegate seats. All the candidates so far are Democrats.
Del. Susan Lee, a Democrat, filed in July for the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Brian Frosh, who is running for Attorney General.
Bethesda resident Jordan Cooper has announced for delegate.
Marc Korman, a Democrat, is also running for delegate.
Kevin Walling, former communications director for Equality Maryland, the gay marriage advocacy group, announced his candidacy in mid-July.
Hrant Jamgochian has filed for delegate. He also ran in 2010.
Sen. Jennie Forehand, a Democrat, is planning to run again.
Democrat Andrew Platt filed for delegate Aug. 19.
District 18: Montgomery (Madaleno, Carr, Guitierrez, Waldstreciher)
Democrat Marice Morales, an aide to Sen. Roger Manno, filed for delegate August 2.
Democrat Melodye Berry filed in June for delegate. She had run in 2006.
Democrat Justin Chappell is running for delegate.
Silver Spring resident Will Smith is running for delegate. A community organizer and appointee of President Barack Obama to work at the Department of Homeland Security on one of the department’s advisory councils, Smith said he had the experience needed to be delegate, reports St. John Barned-Smith in the Gazette.
David Moon of Maryland Juice is “not waiting for Superman to fix politics” and is running for delegate, MarylandReporter.com blogged.
District 21: Anne Arundel, Prince George’s (Rosapepe, Barnes, Frush, Pena-Melnyk)
Rushern L. Baker IV filed for office Aug. 21 and is scheduled to make his first campaign event the Greenbelt Parade on Sept. 2.
District 23A: Prince George’s
District 23B: Prince George’s
Incumbent Del. Marvin E. Holmes, Jr., a Democrat, filed with the Maryland Board of Elections in July.
Del. Joseph Vallario, a Democrat, filed in August.
Delegates Carolyn Howard and Michael Vaughn filed in April and June, respectively.
Tony Jones, a Democrat, filed July 10 for the delegate seat. Jones lives in Upper Marlboro.
Attorney Brian Woolfolk filed July 25 for Senate.
Democrat Vernon Holmes filed for delegate in June.
District 27: Charles, Calvert (Miller)
District 27A: Charles, Calvert (Proctor)
District 27B: Calvert, Prince George’s
District 27C: Calvert (Fisher)
Democrat Larry Green filed for delegate in June.
District 29: St. Mary’s, Calvert (Dyson)
District 29A: St. Mary’s (Wood)
District 29B: St. Mary’s (Bohanan)
Retired Air Force officer Deb Rey, a Republican, announced for delegate in July.
District 29C: St. Mary’s, Calvert (O’Donnell)
Former Republican congressional candidate Eric Delano Knowles is running for state senate.
District 30A: Anne Arundel (two delegates)
Maria Triandos filed for delegate in April.
District 30B: Anne Arundel
Democrat Anthony Scott Harman filed for Senate in April.
Del. Don Dwyer is facing calls for resignation after several alcohol-related charges over the past two years. He was arrested and charged with a DUI near Pasadena, and he also pled guilty for operating a boat while drunk during a 2012 crash that left seven people injured, including himself, reports Michael Dresser for The Baltimore Sun. Dwyer told the Sun he plans to seek re-election, but after the DUI some lawmakers were calling for his resignation, reports John Wagner and Maggie Fazeli Fard in the Post. Prior to Dwyer’s DUI arrest, he was involved with a dispute with a neighbor, reports Tim Prudente for the Capital Gazette.
Long-time Anne Arundel businessman and civil leader Gus Kurtz announced in August he is running for delegate. “I’d like to represent my district with honesty and integrity,” Kurtz told David Collins of WBAL.
31B: Anne Arundel (two delegates) Democrat Stan Janor filed for delegate June 21. He ran for delegate in 2010.
District 32: Anne Arundel (DeGrange, Beidle, Love, Sophocleus)
Republican Jesse Mayer filed for delegate in April.
Josh Kiracofe speaks with Red Maryland about his candidacy for delegate. He filed in August.
Sen. Ed Reilly filed in June for the Senate race.
Republican Derek Howell, chairman of the Harford County Republican Central Committee, filed for Senate in August, the Dagger reports. “I will fight to repeal and ‘undo’ the nonsense coming out of Annapolis, such as the ‘rain tax’ and the dreadful infringements on our Second Amendment rights,” Howell said.
Del. Wayne Norman is announcing for Glassman’s Senate seat on Tuesday on a ticket with Teresa Reilly for his current House seat in 35B.
UPDATED: Michael A. Dawson, a former Perryville commissioner, filed in July for Senate, promising to be “a champion for individual liberty in Annapolis,” according to the Aegis. (Michael A. Dawson, “MAD Mike,” is not to be confused with Michael W. Dawson, another Perryville resident who has run for Cecil County Commissioner, reports Nancy Schwerzler in the Cecil Times.)
District 35A: Cecil (Rudolph )
District 35B: Harford, Cecil (Stifler)
Andrew Cassilly, a Republican, filed Aug. 22.
After the surprise resignation of Senate Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin, the decision for a replacement could be left up to Gov. Martin O’Malley, report Dan Menefee and Len Lazarick for MarylandReporter. Dan Menefee reports with more details about who is interested for MarylandReporter.com, and we also provide a list of 14 people who applied to fill the vacancy.
Republican J.D. Uhler filed for delegate in April.
Democrat Cheryl Everman filed for Senate in June.
37A: Wicomico County Councilwoman Sheree Sample-Hughes, a Democrat, is running for delegate.
Del. Rudolph Cane, a Democrat, filed for delegate Aug. 21.
Attorney Philip Cronan has announced for the open seat left by Haddaway-Riccio.
Del. Charles James Otto filed July 16 to run in the new single-member District 38A.
Xiangfei Cheng, a Republican, filed for delegate on July 10. Cheng, who lives in Montgomery Village, is an instructor at the University of Maryland Medical School as a biomedical science expert and has a M.D. and PhD.
Sen. Catherine Pugh filed in May.
Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, a longtime civil rights leader in Baltimore, announced his candidacy for delegate in July.
Rob “Bobby” LaPin, a former Baltimore City teacher and U.S. Army veteran, became the first Democrat in the district to officially file his candidacy for delegate.
On Aug. 20, Democrats Quianna Cooke and Del. Shawn Tarrant filed for delegate.
Sen. Lisa Gladden filed for re-election in April.
Del. Sandy Rosenberg filed for re-election Aug. 29.
Del. Jill Carter, a Democrat, filed for re-election on July 18. Michael Pearson filed for delegate in May.
Republican Chris West is running for delegate. West, a longtime Baltimore lawyer, is a former executive director of the Maryland State Republican Party and a former chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Party.
Del. Susan Aumann filed Aug. 21 for District 42B delegate.
Sen. Joan Carter Conway filed for re-election in June.
Del. Curt Anderson, a Democrat, filed for re-election on July 3.
Del. Emmett Burns, now in the redrawn District 44 but formerly of District 10, is retiring.
Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam has filed for Senate. She is formerly of District 10.
44A: Baltimore City (one member) Del. Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. filed July 22, but he is rumored to be considering becoming the gubernatorial running mate of Attorney General Doug Gansler, according to Fraser Smith on WYPR.
Del. Keith Haynes, a Baltimore Democrat, filed Aug. 28.
Sen. Nathaniel McFadden filed in May for re-election.
Cory McCray has been running since May.
Civil rights lawyer Brooke Lierman, a Fells Point Democrat, is running for delegate. (Speculation is that Del. Brian McHale is retiring.)
District 47: Prince George’s (Ramirez, Ivey, Niemann, Summers)
District 47A: Prince George’s
District 47B: Prince George’s