Published on November 5th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick1
General Assembly contests: Monthly update on filings, announcements
This monthly roundup covers Maryland election news in October 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 new district lines, which have placed some incumbents into a different district. If we have missed any candidates who have announced and have a website, but have not officially filed, please email Len@MarylandReporter.com. (This story was originally posted Nov. 3, but had to be reposted Nov. 5 due to server problems.)
Maryland General Assembly
District 1B: One delegate, Allegany (Kelly filed)
District 2B: One delegate, Washington
District 3A: Two delegates, Frederick Retiring: Del. Patrick Hogan; Republican Chris Huckenpoehler filed Sept. 3.
District 3B: One delegate, Frederick Running for delegate: Republican Darren Wigfield.
Running for delegate: Republican former Mount Airy town councilwoman Wendi Peters.
Running for delegate: Republican Robin Grammer has announced he is running for delegate, as has Bob Long, who was the top Republican candidate in the 2010 General Election. Dan Liberatore, a Republican, has filed in the delegate race, as has Ric Metzgar, an Essex Republican.
Marcus Foreman, a Democrat, filed.
Jonathan Campbell filed Oct. 7 for delegate.
Eric Washington, a Democrat, filed Oct. 21 for delegate.
Running for Senate: Johnny Ray Salling, a Republican.
Running: Incumbent Del. Kathy Szeliga, a Republican, has filed, as has Democrat Norman Gifford, a Democrat, filed in June for the delegate seat.
Republican Del. John Cluster filed Oct. 16 with the Maryland Board of Elections.
Rob Santoni is thinking of running for delegate since he is closing his Santoni’s Market – claiming he was pushed out of business by the city’s bottle tax, reports Jeff Quinton in The Quinton Report.
District 9: Carroll, Howard (Kittleman runs for executive; Bates for Senate, Miller filed for reelection) Running: Del. Gail Bates, a West Friendship Republican, is seeking the open Senate seat and said she has raised about $15,000 so far, reports Amanda Yeager in a political notebook for The Baltimore Sun. Democrat Dan Medinger is running.
9A: Two delegates, Carroll, Howard (Miller filed) 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; Eric Bouchat is also in the running.
James Ward Morrow, a Democrat, filed Oct. 16 and is the first Democrat to do so, reports Amenda Yeager for The Baltimore Sun.
Kyle Lorton, a Republican, filed Oct. 10 and is hoping to bring change and believes in term limits, reports Amanda Yeager for the Baltimore Sun. The Highland resident works as a sales director for W.R. Grace.
9B: One delegate, Howard
Democrat Rich Corkran filed Oct. 1 for the delegate seat, and the Ellicott City man is running in order for voters to have a choice in the Democratic primary, reports Amanda Yeager for The Baltimore Sun. He is retired from a career as a math and computer science teacher.
District 10: Three delegates, Baltimore County (Kelley filed, Burns retiring, Jones, Nathan-Pulliam running for Senate in redrawn district 44) Sen. Delores Kelley filed for re-election in May. Stephanie Boston who ran against Kelley last time is running again. Much of the district is new. Running for delegate: Democrats Rob Johnson and Frederick Strickland have filed.
District 11: Three delegates, Baltimore County (Zirkin; Cardin runs for AG, Morhaim, Stein) 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.
Running for delegate: Democrat Don Engel is the only candidate who has filed.
District 12: Three delegates, Baltimore County and Howard (Kasemeyer filed; DeBoy, Malone, Bobo all three retiring) Sen. Ed Kasemeyer, a Democrat, filed for reelection in July. Democrats filed for delegate: Rebecca Dongarra, Brian Bailey, Terri Hill, Eric Ebersole, Clarence Lam, Renee McGuirk-Spence, Mike Gisriel
Lawyer Nick Stewart, who served briefly as a speech writer for Gov. Martin O’Malley, has entered the race and was introduced by departing Del. Jimmy Malone, reports Len Lazarick for MarylandReporter.com. Meanwhile, realtor Jim Hyatt has decided not to enter the race, Lazarick reported.
Democrat Adam Sachs filed for delegate Oct.3 and the public relations specialist will be focusing on health care for all, reports Amanda Yeager for the Howard County Times. He works for the American Nurses Association.
Del. Guy Guzzone is seeking the open Senate seat.
Running for delegate: Columbia resident Fred Eiland, 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.
Running for delegate: Democrat John Paul Evans of Gaithersburg, along with the incumbents listed above.
Gov. Martin O’Malley named David Fraser-Hidalgo as the new delegate in the open seat left by Brian Feldman’s appointment to the Senate, reports the Washington Post.
Former Del. Saqib Ali, a Democrat who formerly represented District 39 before re-districting, filed Sept. 13 for delegate. He had sought appointment to the seat. Sen. Brian Feldman filed Oct. 7 to be elected to the Senate seat to which he was recently appointed.
Del. Kathleen Dumais filed for re-election on Oct. 7.
Former Del. Robin Ficker, 70, and his son Flynn Ficker, 31, have formed a “Fickers for District 15″ slate. Robin is seeking the senate seat; Flynn, delegate, reports Kate S. Alexander for The Gazette. They are Republicans.
District 16: Three delegates, Montgomery (Frosh and Frick running for AG, Lee filed for Senate, Kelly) Aspirations for higher office have produced an open Senate seat and two open delegate seats. All the candidates so far are Democrats. Bethesda resident Jordan Cooper has announced for delegate, as has Kevin Walling, former communications director for Equality Maryland, Marc Korman, a Democrat, is also running for delegate, as Hrant Jamgochian has filed for delegate. He also ran in 2010.
Former Del. Gareth Murray, a Democrat, filed Oct. 1 for delegate. Bethesda Magazine ran an article in Sept. talking about his political comeback.
Sen. Jennie Forehand, a Democrat, has yet to officially make the call whether she will run again, reports Kate Alexander in The Gazette. Democrat Andrew Platt filed for delegate.
Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez is sending mixed signals about whether she will run, reports Louis Peck for Bethesda Magazine.
Democrat Al Carr filed for delegate Oct. 18.
Sen. Richard Madaleno filed for re-election Oct. 24.
District 19: Three delegates, Montgomery (Manno running, Arora retiring, Cullison running, Kramer running) Filed for delegate: Democrats Marice Morales, an aide to Sen. Roger Manno, Democrat Melodye Berry who had run in 2006. Sen. Roger Manno and Dels. Bonnie Cullison and Ben Kramer are running as a slate.
Del. Sam Arora announced Friday he would not be seeking re-election. The press release, carried in full by Maryland Juice, makes no mention of the pounding Arora was taking from Juice and other Maryland progressives for reneging on his promise to vote for same-sex marriage.
Democratic Del. Ben Barnes became the first filed candidate on Oct. 28.
District 22: Three delegates, Prince George’s (Pinksy, Gaines, Healey, Washington) Rushern L. Baker IV filed for delegate. The son of the Prince George‘s County executive hopes to follow the family tradition of public service, Miranda Spivack reports in The Washington Post.
District 23A: One delegate, Prince George’s
Del. Melony Griffith announced her challenge against incumbent Sen. Ulysses Currie, as covered in MarylandReporter.com. Griffith’s kick-off event at a wing’s grill was attended by few public officials but by a lot of the African American women in the 45-60 age bracket that make up 60% or more of the Democratic primary voters in that district.
Democrat Stanley Onye filed Oct. 9 for delegate.
Del. Veronica Turner is to announce Monday that she is challenging Sen. Anthony Muse. Attorney Brian Woolfolk filed July 25 for Senate.
Filed for delegate: Democrats Vernon Holmes and Keith Gary, who filed Sept. 19.
An aide to Gov. Martin O’Malley is planning to run for the House of Delegates. The Washington Post’s John Wagner reports that David Sloan, special adviser in O’Malley’s office of intergovernmental affairs, is seeking to represent District 26.
District 27: Charles, Calvert (Miller)
District 27A: One delegate, Charles, Calvert (Proctor)
District 27B: One delegate, Calvert, Prince George’s
District 27C: One delegate, Calvert (Fisher)
Running for delegate: Former Del. Sue Kullen
District 29: St. Mary’s, Calvert (Dyson)
Filed for Senate: Republican Steve Waugh, a Lusby resident.
District 29A: One delegate, St. Mary’s (Wood)
Bryan Barthelme, a Republican, filed for the delegate seat on Oct. 4. He announced his candidacy in a letter to the editor in The Chesapeake.
District 29C: One delegate, St. Mary’s, Calvert (O’Donnell)
Running for Senate: Former Republican congressional candidate Eric Delano Knowles
Sen. John Astle filed for re-election Oct. 24.
District 30A: Two delegates, Anne Arundel (two delegates, Busch filed, McMillan)
Filed for delegate: Democrat Maria Triandos.
Incumbent Del. Mike Busch, a Democrat who is Speaker of the House of House delegates, filed on Oct. 23.
Democrat Laurie Sears Deppa filed for delegate on Oct. 24.
District 30B: One delegate, Anne Arundel
Filed for Senate: Democrat Anthony Scott Harman.
31A: One delegate, Anne Arundel
Announced for delegate: Republican Gus Kurtz and Democrat Ned Carey filed Sept. 3 for delegate.
31B: Two delegates, Anne Arundel
Filed for delegate: Democrat Stan Janor who ran for delegate in 2010.
Meagan Simonaire,a 24-year-old Republican and daughter of state Sen. Bryan Simonaire, announced for delegate, reports Zoe Read in the Maryland Gazette.
Del. Don Dwyer was sentenced to 60 days for drunk driving and boating charges, reports Kate Yoon for the Maryland Gazette. Dwyer has said he wants to seek another term, but has not filed.
Running for delegate: Republican Jesse Mayer, Republican Josh Kiracofe. Sen. Ed DeGrange and Dels. Pam Beidle and Ted Sophocleus filed for re-election as a team, but Del. Mary Ann Love was missing from their slate, reports Kate Yoon for the Capital-Gazette.
Filed for Senate: Republican Derek Howell, chairman of the Harford County Republican Central Committee and Bob Cassilly, a Republican.
Longtime Democratic Del. Mary-Dulany James is running for the Senate seat.
34B: One delegate, Harford (McComas filed)
Filed for Senate: Republicans Michael A. Dawson, a former Perryville commissioner, and Thomas J. Wilson, who filed Sept. 9. Del. Wayne Norman announced for Senate.
Del. Donna Stifler will not seek re-election due to health concerns, David Anderson reports in the Baltimore Sun. Stifler, a Republican completing her seventh year in the House of Delegates, said her ongoing battle with fibromyalgia prevented her from giving her constituents “vigorous and energetic representation.”
Filed: Republicans Andrew Cassilly, and Teresa Reilly.
Del. Stephen Hershey was sworn into the Senate Oct. 1, filling the seat left by Sen. E.J. Pipkin. J.D. Uhler filed for delegate in April.
Republican Jeff Ghrist filed Oct. 22 for the delegate seat. He is the vice president of the Caroline County Commission, reports Abby Andrews at MyEasternShoreMD.com.
Six candidates are seeking the appointment to Hershey’s seat, reports Josh Bollinger in the Easton Star-Democrat. Those are: Steven J. Arentz, Al Helfenbein, Timothy McCluskey, Robert A. Thornton, Jr., John L. Walter, and Eric S. Wargotz, M.D. Arentz has the backing of three of the four central committees.
District 37: Dorchester, Talbot, Wicomico (Colburn filed)
37A: One delegate (Cane filed), Wicomico County Councilwoman Sheree Sample-Hughes, a Democrat, is running for delegate. Del. Rudolph Cane, a Democrat, filed for reelection Aug. 21.
Attorney Philip Cronan has announced for the open seat left by Haddaway-Riccio.
St. Michael’s resident Johnny Mautz, a Republican, is seeking Haddway-Riccio’s seat. He operates the Carpenter Street Saloon, which has raised several hundred thousand dollars for local firefighters and emergency responders through an annual auction, reports Josh Bollinger in the Easton Star-Democrat.
Christopher T. Adams, a Republican, filed for delegate Oct. 15. The president of Value Carpet One Floor and Home in Salisbury said he wants to better serve the needs of the business community, reports Josh Bollinger of the Star Democrat.
Incumbent Del. Addie Eckardt filed Oct. 30.
Del. Mike McDermott, a Republican, filed Sept. 16 for District 38 Senate. The Worcester County Republican was drawn into the same delegate district as another Republican delegate, so he decided to challenge Democratic Sen. Jim Mathias reports delmarvanow.com.
District 38A: One delegate Del. Charles James Otto filed July 16 to run in the new single-member District 38A.
District 38B: One delegate, Wicomico (Conway)
Filed for delegate: Republican Xiangfei Cheng,
Running for delegate: Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, a longtime civil rights leader in Baltimore. Democrats Rob “Bobby” LaPin, a former Baltimore City teacher and U.S. Army veteran, Quianna Cooke. Del. Barbara Robinson, a Democrat.
Filed for delegate: Michael Pearson and Joyce Smith
42A: One delegate, Baltimore County
Del. Joseph C. Boteler III, a Republican, filed Oct. 16.
Republican Jesse Filamor filed for delegate Oct. 24.
Del. Emmett Burns, now in the redrawn District 44 but formerly of District 10, is retiring. Sen. Verna Jones-Rodwell, a Democrat, filed for Senate Sept. 10, pitting her against Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam has filed for Senate. She is formerly of District 10.
44A: One delegate, Baltimore City (one member)
Three incumbent delegates have filed for what has been redrawn to a single-member district: Del. Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. Del. Keith Haynes, a Baltimore Democrat, filed Aug. 28, Del. Melvin Stukes filed Sept. 18.
44B: Two delegates, Baltimore County (two open seats)
Frederick Ware-Newsome, a Democrat, filed Oct. 2.
A political consultant convicted in the 2010 Ehrlich robocalls case is seeking the Senate seat, reports WBAL. Julius Henson, 64, told the television station that he thinks he has a good chance of winning.
Running for delegate: Civil rights lawyer Brooke Lierman, a Fells Point Democrat (Speculation is that Del. Brian McHale is retiring.)
District 47: Prince George’s (Ramirez, Ivey, Niemann running for council, Summers)
Del. Doyle Niemann sent out an e-mail telling supporters he will run for Prince George’s County Council, reports Maryland Juice. He has opted not to run in the new district, which splits 47 into two new districts.
District 47A: Two delegates,
Prince George’s Jimmy Tarlau, a Democrat, filed Oct. 17.
Diana Fennell, a Democrat, filed Oct. 30.
District 47B: One delegate, Prince George’s
Will Campos, a Democrat, filed Oct. 15. Campos is term-limited from continuing on the Prince George‘s County Council, the Gazette reported last April.