This monthly roundup covers Maryland election news in December and lists every candidate who has filed and most who have announced. Each district is listed by county and, in most cases, incumbents (in parentheses) 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.
Maryland General Assembly
District 1B: One delegate, Allegany (Kelly filed)
District 1C: One delegate, Allegany and Washington (Myers is running for Washington County Board of
Commissioners) Running: Republicans Michael McKay president of the Allegany County
Commissioners and Hancock resident Ray Givens.
District 2B: One delegate, Washington (Donoghue filed)
Del. John Donoghue filed on Dec. 17.
District 3A: Two delegates, Frederick (Del. Patrick Hogan. retiring)
Republican Chris Huckenpoehler filed Sept. 3.
Republican Paul Smith filed Nov. 13, but declined to comment on his candidacy prior to a Dec. 19 campaign announcement, reports Bethany Rodgers in the Frederick News-Post. A photo from the announcement appeared on the newspaper’s website.
District 3B: One delegate, Frederick
Running for delegate: Republican Darren Wigfield.
Running for delegate: Republican former Mount Airy town councilwoman Wendi Peters.
Jason Miller, a Republican, filed Nov. 26 for Senate.
Democrat Zachary Hands filed Dec. 27.
Running for Senate: Johnny Ray Salling, a Republican
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, Democrats: Marcus Foreman, Jonathan Campbell, Eric Washington, Del. Mike Weir Jr.
Democrat former delegate Jake Mohorovic filed Dec. 18.
Running: Incumbent Del. Kathy Szeliga, a Republican, has filed, as has Democrat Norman Gifford filed in June for the delegate seat.
David Seman, a Republican, filed Dec. 12.
District 8: Three delegates, Baltimore County (Klausmeier filed, Bromwell, Cluster filed) Running for delegate (one open seat): Republican Christian Miele, who filed Dec. 27, Republican Del. John Cluster filed Oct. 16.
Sen. Kathy Klausmeier filed Nov. 6.
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. Democrat Dan Medinger filed Dec. 9 for Senate.
9A: Two delegates (one open seat), Carroll, Howard;
Incumbent Del. Warren Miller has filed for delegate, as has Republican Trent Kittleman in April, and former Republican congressional nominee Frank Mirabile filed for delegate in July; Eric Bouchat is also in the running, as is Kyle Lorton, a Republican.
James Ward Morrow, a Democrat, is filed.
9B: One delegate (open seat), Howard
Republican Carol Loveless has announced and filed, Democrat Tom Coale announced in June and filed Dec. 17. Republican Bob Flanagan, a former delegate and secretary of transportation, has announced. Retired teacher Rich Corkran, a Democrat, filed Oct. 1.
District 10: Three delegates, Baltimore County (two open seats)
(Kelley filed, Burns retiring, Jones filed, 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.
Democrat Jay Jalisi also filed Dec. 5 for delegate.
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.
Democrat Shelly Hettleman kicked off her campaign mid-December.
Former Del. Ted Levin filed Jan. 2.
District 12: Three delegates (three open seats), Baltimore County and Howard
Democrats filed for delegate: Rebecca Dongarra, Brian Bailey, Terri Hill, Eric Ebersole, Clarence Lam, Renee McGuirk-Spence, Mike Gisriel, Nick Stewart and Adam Sachs. Republican Joe Hooe filed Nov. 20 for delegate.
Republican Gordon Bull filed Dec. 6 for delegate.
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.
Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo has filed for election to the seat to which he was recently appointed.
Former Del. Saqib Ali, a Democrat who formerly represented District 39 before re-districting, withdrew his candidacy on Dec. 2. He had filed in September.
Former Del. Robin Ficker, 70, and his son Flynn Ficker, 31, have formed a “Fickers for District 15? slate, with the senior Ficker running for Senate and the younger running for delegate.
Democrat Bennett Rushkoff, chief of the public advocacy section in Washington D.C.’s Attorney General’s Office, is seeking the delegate seat, reports Sylvia Carigan in the Gazette. The North Potomac resident is also a lay minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville. He filed Dec. 4.
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.
Karen Kuker-Kihl wants to put children first if elected through proposals like school construction projects and feeding the children, reports Agnes Blum in the Gazette. Kuker-Kihl taught special needs children for more than 25 years before a car accident left her unable to do so, the article states.
The same article mentions Meyer Marks, a Republican, as declared in the race.
Former Delegate Cheryl Kagan is running against Simmons.
Simmons is ignoring tweets posted by @FakeLuizSimmons, an anonymous Twitter account making fun of him, reports Kate S. Alexander in the Gazette Reporter’s Notebook.
Del. Kumar Barve, a Democrat, filed for re-election on Dec. 17.
Democrat Laurie-Anne Sayles filed Dec. 5 for the delegate seat.
Filed for Delegate: Democrat Al Carr.
Democrat Elizabeth Matory filed Nov. 20.
Democrat Jeff Waldstreicher filed Nov. 13. Democrat Emily Shetty, an attorney, announced for delegate Dec. 2.
Sen. Richard Madaleno filed for re-election Oct. 24.
Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez filed for delegate Dec. 16.
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.
December was a busy filing month for the race, with the following candidates joining the race: D’Jaun Hopewell, a Democrat who filed Dec. 10; William Jawando, also a Democrat, who filed Dec. 9; Democrat Jonathan Shurberg, who filed Dec. 3.
Incumbents Del. Barbara Frush and Joseline Pena-Melnyk both filed Dec. 20.
District 23A: One delegate, Prince George’s (Both Democrats Hubbard, Vallentino-Smith were put in this district.)
Erek Barron, a Prince George‘s Democrat, filed for delegate Oct. 10.
Greg Hall, a Democrat, filed for delegate Nov. 6. He was nominated for the seat now held by Del. Darren Swain, but Gov. O’Malley rejected the nomination, and asked for another name, eventually appointing Swain.
Swain filed for election as well on Dec. 27.
Del. Melony Griffith has announced her challenge against incumbent Sen. Ulysses Currie. She filed Dec. 26.
District 27: Charles, Calvert (Miller)
District 27A: One delegate, Charles, Calvert (Proctor filed)
Democratic Del. James E. Proctor Jr. filed Nov. 6.
District 27B: One delegate, Calvert, Prince George’s
District 27C: One delegate, Calvert (Fisher)
Running for delegate: Former Democratic Del. Sue Kullen
Democrat Larry Green withdrew his candidacy on Nov. 13.
Sen. Mac Middleton, a Democrat, filed Nov. 6.
District 29: St. Mary’s, Calvert (Dyson announced)
Running for Senate: Republican Steve Waugh, a Lusby resident, St. Mary’s County Commissioner Cindy Jones, a Republican.
District 29A: One delegate, St. Mary’s (Wood)
Bryan Barthelme, a Republican, filed for the delegate seat on Oct. 4.
Republican Matt Morgan filed Dec. 6 for delegate. The Southern Maryland News Net reported that it will be a rematch for a close vote between Morgan and Del. John Wood, who won by only 283 votes.
District 29C: One delegate, St. Mary’s, Calvert (O’Donnell)
Running for Senate: Former Republican congressional candidate Eric Delano Knowles.
District 30A: Two delegates, Anne Arundel (Busch filed, McMillan)
Del. Herb McMillan, a Republican, reported more than 165 people attended his campaign kickoff, according to a statement mentioned in the Capital-Gazette’s Political Notes column by Rema Rahman.
Democrat Chuck Ferrar, who served a partial term on the County Council, filed Dec. 27 for delegate.
District 30B: One delegate, Anne Arundel
Democrat Michelle Stephenson is running and plans to focus on education, health care, the environment and small business owner issues, reports Rema Rahman in Political Notes for The Capital-Gazette. Stephenson, a longtime PTA leader, is also a small business owner and was founding editor of the Edgewater Patch.
Filed for Senate: Democrat Anthony Scott Harman.
Sen. Bryan Simonaire announced his candidacy alongside House Minority Leader Nic Kipke in a show of unity. Both Republicans were elected in Nov. 2006, reports Rema Rahman in Political Notes for the Capital-Gazette.
The Frederick News-Post called on Del. Don Dwyer to resign since he will be serving a 60-day jail sentence on the weekends during the Maryland General Assembly session following two alcohol-related incidents.
31A: One delegate, Anne Arundel
Democrat Ned Carey filed Sept. 3 for delegate.
Republican Terry Lynn DeGraw filed Dec. 5.
31B: Two delegates, Anne Arundel (Kipke filed)
Filed for delegate: Republican Gus Kurtz and Democrat Stan Janor who ran for delegate in 2010. Republican Meagan Simonaire, daughter of state Sen. Bryan Simonaire, filed for delegate Dec. 16. Del. Nic Kipke filed.
Del. Mary Ann Love has not officially announced her plans, but she has been telling people privately that she will not seek another term.
Republican incumbent Del. Cathy Vitale filed Dec. 18.
Longtime Democratic Del. Mary-Dulany James is running for the Senate seat.
34B: One delegate, Harford (McComas filed)
District 35B: Two delegates, Harford, Cecil
Sen. Stephen Hershey filed for election to the seat on Dec. 30. The former delegate was recently sworn into the Senate Oct. 1, filling the seat left by Sen. E.J. Pipkin.
Republican Del. Steven Arentz, former Queen Anne’s County commissioner and recently appointed to the
House of Delegates to replace Hershey, filed for election on Dec. 18.
Republican Rod Heinze filed on Dec. 23.
District 37: Dorchester, Talbot, Wicomico (Colburn filed)
37A: One delegate (Cane filed), Wicomico County Councilwoman Sheree Sample-Hughes, a Democrat, is running for delegate.
District 37B: Two delegates (one open seat), Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, Wicomico
Attorney Philip Cronan dropped out of the race for delegate because his father has a worsening health condition, reports Josh Bollinger in the Easton Star-Democrat.
And recently announced candidates in December include Dorchester County Economic Development Director Keasha Haythe, a Democrat, and southern Eastern Shore cardiologist Dr. Rene Desmarais, a Republican, reports Josh Bollinger in the Easton Star-Democrat. Desmarais focused on health policy in his interview, saying that the General Assembly needs more doctors to help shape the major policy changes that are to come in healthcare. Haythe, the granddaughter of an Eastern Shore waterman, said she would be an advocate for business in the region.
Del. Mike McDermott, a Republican, filed Sept. 16 for District 38 Senate after being drawn into the same district as another Republican, Del. Charles Otto.
Sen. Jim Mathias is running for re-election and plans to run on a record of helping improve roads and schools and sponsoring bills such as one to help reduce the estate tax for farms, reports Jennifer Shutt in the Salisbury Daily Times. He filed Dec. 11.
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)
Delmar Mayor Carl Anderton has announced he will challenge Del. Norman Conway. Anderton, a Republican, is president of the Maryland Municipal League and wants to represent the urban core of Wicomico County, reports Jennifer Shutt in the Salisbury Daily Times.
Conway filed on Dec. 20.
Judy Davis, a Democrat, filed Nov. 12.
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.
Democrat Antonio Hayes filed Dec. 9.
Filed for delegate: Michael Pearson and Joyce Smith
Republican Chris Cavey filed for Senate on Nov. 14.
42A: One delegate, Baltimore County
Del. Joseph C. Boteler III, a Republican, filed Oct. 16.
Republican Jesse Filamor filed for delegate Oct. 24.
Democrat Bill Henry filed Dec. 30 for the Senate seat, challenging Sen. Joan Carter Conway, chairman of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. The Baltimore City councilman said he
loves the job he has now but wants to be able to address some important issues at the state level, he stated in a press release on his website.
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, who has filed for Senate. Nathan-Pulliam is formerly of District 10.
44A: One delegate, Baltimore City
44B: Two delegates, Baltimore County (two open seats)
Frederick Ware-Newsome, a Democrat, filed Oct. 2.
The Washington Post profiles the race between incumbent Sen. Nathaniel McFadden and political operative Julius Henson, notorious for a conviction in the robocall scandal, in an article by Paul Schwartzman.
Democrat Harry Spikes filed for delegate Nov. 18.
Running for delegate: Civil rights lawyer Brooke Lierman, a Fells Point Democrat (Speculation is that Del. Brian McHale is retiring.)
District 47: Three delegates, Prince George’s, two open delegate seats (Ramirez, Ivey running for lieutenant governor, Niemann running for council, Summers)
District 47A: Two delegates,
Malcolm Augustine filed Nov. 15.
District 47B: One delegate, Prince George’s
Will Campos, a Democratic County Council member, filed Oct. 15.