By Meg Tully
This monthly roundup covers Maryland election news in November 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 (Donohue)
District 3A: Two delegates, Frederick (Retiring: Del. Patrick Hogan) Republican Chris Huckenpoehler filed Sept. 3.
Republican Paul Smith filed Nov. 13.
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.
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, Three Democrats: Marcus Foreman, Jonathan Campbell, Eric Washington
Del. Mike Weir Jr., a Democrat, filed Nov. 6.
Running: Incumbent Del. Kathy Szeliga, a Republican, has filed, as has Democrat Norman Gifford filed in June for the delegate seat.
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 and said she has raised about $15,000 so far this year, reports Amanda Yeager in a political notebook for The Baltimore Sun. Democrat Dan Medinger is running.
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 the first Democrat to file, reports Amanda Yeager for The Baltimore Sun.
9B: One delegate (open seat), Howard
Republican Carol Loveless has announced and filed, Democrat Tom Coale announced in June. Republican Bob Flanagan, a former delegate and secretary of transportation, has announced. Retired teacher Rich Corkran, a Democrat, filed Oct. 1.
Coale and Corkran held fundraising events within a week of each other in November, reports Amanda Yeager in the Baltimore Sun.
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 Benjamin Brooks filed Nov. 4 for delegate.
Del. Adrienne Jones, a Democrat, filed Nov. 4 for delegate.
Carin Smith, a Democrat, filed Nov. 4 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 plans to announce for delegate.
District 12: Three delegates (three open seats), Baltimore County and Howard
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, Nick Stewart and Adam Sachs.
The Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department hall was packed with people at a candidate forum featuring nine Democratic candidates seeking three seats for House of Delegates, reports Julie Baughman in the Baltimore Sun.
Republican Joe Hooe filed Nov. 20 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.
Sen. Karen Montgomery is seeking a second term and plans to focus on the environment, education and transportation, reports Terri Hogan in the Gazette.
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.
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.
Del. Susan Lee is the only announced candidate for the Senate race, after Reggie Oldak announced she had decided against running, blogs Louis Peck for Bethesda Magazine. But other contenders are said to be considering a run.
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.
Del. Luiz Simmons will seek the seat held by Sen. Jennie Forehand, reports Ryan Marshall in the Gazette. The Rockville Democrat has lined up an endorsement from U.S. Rep. John Delaney. Forehand will announce after the General Assembly session begins in January whether she will run again.
Former Delegate Cheryl Kagan is also challenging Forehand. The Democrat challenged Forehand in 2010, losing by only 356 votes, reports Bryan Sears for the Daily Record. Forehand isn’t expected to announce whether she will run until after the start of the General Assembly session, reports Ryan Marshall in The Gazette.
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.
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 at the beginning of Nov. that 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.
Darian Unger, a Democrat, filed Nov. 15.
Democratic Del. Ben Barnes became the first filed candidate on Oct. 28.
Sen. Jim Rosapepe filed Nov. 19
Del. Alonzo T. Washington, a Democrat, filed Nov. 21 and announced Nov. 22 at an event attended by U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, according to a press release.
District 23A: One delegate, Prince George’s
Greg Hall, a Democrat, filed for delegate Nov. 6. He was nominated for the seat now held by Swain, but Gov. O’Malley rejected the nomination, and asked for another name, eventually appointing Swain.
Del. Melony Griffith has announced her challenge against incumbent Sen. Ulysses Currie.
Democrat Stanley Onye filed Oct. 9 for delegate.
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)
Filed for Senate: Republican Steve Waugh, a Lusby resident.
St. Mary’s County Commissioner Cindy Jones, a Republican, is running for Senate against Sen. Roy Dyson, a Democrat. Jones wants to rein in government spending, reports Jesse Yeatman for the Gazette.
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 (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
Sen. Bryan Simonaire, who filed Nov. 25, is proposing a “sunshine” tax credit for jurisdictions that charge a stormwater fee, reports Alex Jackson in the Capital-Gazette. The stormwater fee is known as a rain tax, and Republican Simonaire said that residents should be given a credit for sunshine that evaporates runoff.
Filed for Senate: Democrat Anthony Scott Harman.
31A: One delegate, Anne Arundel CORRECTED 12/3, 3:30 P.M.
Democrat Ned Carey filed Sept. 3 for delegate.
31B: Two delegates, Anne Arundel (Kipke filed)
Del. Nicholaus Kipke filed on Nov. 25.
Janor, a public defender in Glen Burnie, kicked off his campaign at the end of Nov., reports the Capital-Gazette.
Del. Don Dwyer started serving his weekend jail time for drunk driving and boating charges, reports Zoe Read in the Capital-Gazette. He has requested a shortened sentence – if it is not granted, he will leave the General Assembly session that starts in January on Fridays to serve his sentence.
Del. Mary Ann Love has not officially announced her plans, but she has been telling people privately that she will not seek another term.
Democrat Tonja McCoy is running for delegate, and wants to make sure residents are heard on issues, reports Rick Hutzell of the Capital Gazette.
Steven Wyatt, a Democrat, filed Nov. 7. He is retired from the U.S. Navy and worked at Fort Meade before becoming an insurance agent, reports Rick Hutzell of the Capital-Gazette.
Republican Jeff Ferguson filed Nov. 6.
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: Thomas J. Wilson, who filed Sept. 9. Del. Wayne Norman announced for Senate.
Republican Michael A. Dawson, a former Perryville commissioner, withdrew his candidacy with the Maryland Board of Elections on Nov. 19.
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.”
District 35B: Two delegates, Harford, Cecil
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.
Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed Republican Steven Arentz to the House of Delegates, replacing Hershey. Arentz, president of the Queen Anne’s County Board of Commissioners, won the support of three of four county Republican central committees.
Cecil County is seeking legal sanctions against Del. Michael Smigiel, an Elkton attorney, for filing a lawsuit on behalf of the chairman of the Cecil County Republican Central Committee, reports Cheryl Mattix in the Cecil Whig.
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.
District 37B: Two delegates (one open seat), Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, Wicomico
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.
Christopher T. Adams, a Republican, filed for delegate Oct. 15.
Incumbent Del. Addie Eckardt filed Oct. 30 and wants to help improve infrastructure throughout her district, Jennifer Shutt reports in the Salisbury Daily Times.
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.
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)
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.
Del. Frank Conaway, Jr. filed for re-election on Nov. 12.
Will Hanna announced he is running for state Senate against incumbent Lisa Gladden, reports Luke Broadwater in the Sun. Hanna is a Park Heights community leader who served 11 years in the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command.
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.
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. 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.
Announced for Senate: Julius Henson, a political consulted convicted in the 2010 Ehrlich robocalls case, who was profiled in The Baltimore Sun in November.
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 (Ramirez, Ivey running for lieutenant governor, Niemann running for council, Summers)
Sen. Victor Ramirez is seeking to limit local police involvement in immigration enforcement, reports the Associated Press.
District 47A: Two delegates,
Filed for delegate: Prince George’s Jimmy Tarlau, a Democrat, Diana Fennell, a Democrat.
Malcolm Augustine filed Nov. 15.
District 47B: One delegate, Prince George’s
Will Campos, a Democratic County Council member, filed Oct. 15.