Md. General Assembly races: October update on candidates

This monthly roundup covers Maryland election news in September 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 a different district.

If we have missed any candidates who have announced and have a website, but have not officially filed, please email We will update this list in November.

Del. Kevin Kelly

Del. Kevin Kelly

Maryland General Assembly

District 1A: One delegate, Garrett and Allegany (Edwards filed; Beitzel filed)

Sen. George Edwards filed for re-election Sept. 12.

District 1B: One delegate, Allegany (Kelly filed)

Del. Kevin Kelly filed for re-election Sept. 3.

District 1C: One delegate, Allegany and Washington (Myers is retiring)

Running: Republicans Michael McKay president of the Allegany County Commissioners and Hancock resident Ray Givens.

District 2: (Shank filed)

Sen. Chris Shank filed for re-election Sept. 9.

Sen. Christopher Shank

Sen. Christopher Shank

District 2A: Two delegates, Washington (Parrott filed, Serafini filed)

Del. Neil Parrott, who represented District 2B before redistricting, filed for delegate in 2A on Sept. 9.

Del. Andrew Serafini, who represented District 2A before redistricting, also filed for delegate in 2A on Sept. 9.

District 2B: One delegate, Washington

District 3A: Two delegates, Frederick

Retiring: Del. Patrick Hogan

District 3B: One delegate, Frederick

Running for delegate: Republican Darren Wigfield.

District 4: Three delegates, Frederick, Carroll (Brinkley, Afzali, Hough; Schulz filed)

Del;. Kelly Shulz

Del;. Kelly Shulz

Running for delegate: Republican former Mount Airy town councilwoman Wendi Peters.

District 5: Three delegates, Carroll (Getty; Krebs filed; Ready filed, Elliott filed; Stocksdale )

Running for delegate: Republican County Commissioner Haven Shoemaker has filed, as has Joshua Stonko and Justin Ready.

District 6: Three delegates (two open seats), Baltimore County (Stone retiring, Minnick retiring; Olszewski running for Senate, Weir)

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.

Johnny Ray Salling, a Republican, filed Sept. 10 for Senate.

Marcus Foreman, a Democrat, filed Sept. 3 for the delegate seat.

Jonathan Campbell filed Oct. 7 for delegate.

District 7: Three delegates, Baltimore County and Harford (Jennings filed, Impallaria, McDonough; Szeliga filed.)

Del. Kathy Szeliga

Del. Kathy Szeliga

Running: Incumbent Del. Kathy Szeliga, a Republican, has filed, as has Democrat Norman Gifford, a Democrat, filed in June for the delegate seat.

District 8: Three delegates, Baltimore County (Klausmeier, Bromwell, Cluster)

Running for delegate (one open seat): Republican Christian Miele.

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 is running.

9A: Two delegates, Carroll, Howard

 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 and Kyle Lorton are also in the running.

9B: One delegate, Howard

Bob Flanagan

Bob Flanagan

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.

UPDATED: Democrat Rich Corkran filed Oct. 1 for the delegate seat.

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.

Renee McGuirk Spence

Renee McGuirk Spence

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 

UPDATED: Democrat former delegate Mike Gisriel filed on Sept. 10 as reported on this website and has a campaign Facebook page. Jim Hyatt has a Facebook page, and will announce his candidacy this month.

Renee McGuirk-Spence, a Democrat and daughter of the late state Sen. Harry J. McGuirk, filed Sept. 9; Michael Dresser reports on her candidacy in the Sun.

Lawyer Nick Stewart, who served briefly as a speech writer for Gov. Martin O’Malley, plans to announce Oct. 10.

Democrat Adam Sachs filed for delegate Oct.3.

District 13: Three delegates, Howard (Robey retiring, Guzzone filed for Senate, Pendergrass filed, Turner filed)

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.

District 14: Three delegates, Montgomery  (Montgomery, Kaiser, Luedtke, Zucker all filed for re-election)

Running for delegate: Democrat John Paul Evans of Gaithersburg, along with the incumbents listed above.

saqib Ali

Saqib Ali

District 15: Three delegates, Montgomery (Feldman now a senator, Dumais filed, Miller)

The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee must nominate someone to the open delegate seat left by Brian Feldamn’s appointment to the Senate. Ryan Marshall of The Gazette gives an overview of the process.

Former Del. Saqib Ali, a Democrat who formerly represented District 39 before re-districting, filed Sept. 13 for delegate, and is also seeking appointment to the seat.

UPDATE: Sen. Brian Feldman filed Oct. 7 to be elected to the Senate seat to which he was recently appointed.

UPDATE: Del. Kathleen Dumais filed for re-election on Oct. 7.

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.

UPDATED: Former Del. Gareth Murray, a Democrat, filed Oct. 1 for delegate. Bethesda Magazine ran an article in Sept. talking about his political comeback.

District 17: Three delegates, Montgomery County (Forehand, Barve, Gilchrist, Simmons)

Jennie Forehand

Jennie Forehand

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.

UPDATED: Democrat Laurie-Anne Sayles has announced for delegate, according to a Gazette story.

District 18: Three delegates, Montgomery (Madaleno, Carr, Guitierrez, Waldstreciher)

District 19: Three delegates, Montgomery (Manno running, Arora, 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 – leaving out Del. Sam Arora, reports Kate S. Alexander in the Gazette. Arora has not made a re-election announcement.

District 20: Three delegates, Montgomery (Raskin filed, Hixson filed, Hucker; Mizeur is running for governor)

UPDATED: Sen. Jamie Raskin filed for re-election on Oct. 4.

Running for delegate: Democrat Justin Chappell, Silver Spring resident Will Smith, and David Moon of Maryland Juice.

George Zokle

George Zokle

George Zokle, a Democrat, filed Sept. 11 for delegate.

UPDATED: Del. Sheila Hixson filed for re-election on Oct. 4.

District 21: Three delegates, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s (Rosapepe, Barnes, Frush, Pena-Melnyk)

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 23: Prince George’s (Peters, 23A Vallentino-Smith, Hubbard 23B Holmes filed, Vallario filed)

District 23A: One delegate, Prince George’s

District 23B: Two delegates, Prince George’s (Holmes, Vallario have both filed)

District 24: Three delegates, Prince George’s (Benson; Howard and Vaughn filed, Swain)

District 25: Three delegates, Prince George’s (Currie, Braveboy, Davis, Griffith running for Senate)

Filed for delegate: Democrat Tony Jones, who lives in Upper Marlboro.

UPDATED: Del. Melony Griffith is scheduled to announce her bid for Senate Oct. 15, reports John Wagner in The Washington Post. Griffith will be challenging incumbent Sen. Ulysses Currie, who was censured by the Senate for failing to disclose work for a grocery store chain.

District 26: Three delegates, Prince George’s (Muse, Turner, Valderrama, Walker)

Attorney Brian Woolfolk filed July 25 for Senate.

Filed for delegate: Democrats Vernon Holmes and Keith Gary, who filed Sept. 19.

Sue Kullen

Sue Kullen

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)

Former Del. Sue Kullen announced she was running for the seat again, according to the Southern Maryland Newspapers.

District 28: Three delegates, Charles (Middleton, Jameson, Murphy, Wilson)

Filed for delegate: Democrat Larry Green.

District 29: St. Mary’s, Calvert (Dyson)

Republican Steve Waugh, a Lusby resident, filed for Senate Sept. 10 and did a meet the candidate feature on him. He got 48.5% of the vote against Sen. Roy Dyson in 2010.

District 29A: One delegate, St. Mary’s (Wood)

UPDATED: 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 29B: One delegate, St. Mary’s (Bohanan)

Announced: Retired Air Force officer Deb Rey, a Republican.

Maria Triandos

Maria Triandos

District 29C: One delegate, St. Mary’s, Calvert (O’Donnell)

District 30: Anne Arundel (Astle, Busch, George runs for governor, McMillan)

Running for Senate: Former Republican congressional candidate Eric Delano Knowles  

District 30A: Two delegates, Anne Arundel (two delegates, Busch, McMillan)

Filed for delegate: Democrat Maria Triandos.

District 30B: One delegate, Anne Arundel

District 31: Anne Arundel (Simonaire, Dwyer, Kipke; Schuh runs for executive)

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.

Pam Beidle

Pam Beidle

District 32: Three delegates, Anne Arundel (DeGrange filed, Beidle filed, Love, Sophocleus 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.

District 33: Three delegates, Anne Arundel (Reilly filed; Costa is retiring; McConkey, Vitale)

Republican Jeff Gauges filed for delegate in June. Sid Saab announced his candidacy, but did not file. Saab ran in 2010. Republican Nora Keenan also filed for delegate in May.

District 34: Harford (Jacobs is retiring, James, Glass, Rudolph)

Filed for Senate: Republican Derek Howell, chairman of the Harford County Republican Central Committee. Bob Cassilly, a Republican, filed Sept. 12 for the Senate seat, reports The Baltimore sun.

Word has it that Democratic Del. Mary-Dulany James is running for the Senate seat, but other than a revised website banner, we can’t find any reports on that.

34A: Two delegates, Harford (two members, Glass, James):

Marla Posey-Moss

Marla Posey-Moss

Filed for delegate: Republican Mike Blizzard, Democrat Marla Posey-Moss

34B: One delegate, Harford (McComas filed)

District 35: Harford, Cecil (Glassman runs for executive, Norman runs for Senate,  Stifler)

Del. Wayne Norman announced for Glassman’s Senate seat on a ticket with Teresa Reilly for his current House seat in 35B, reports Nancy Schwerzler in The Cecil Times.

Filer for Senate: Republicans Michael A. Dawson, a former Perryville commissioner, and Thomas J. Wilson, who filed Sept. 9.

District 35A: One delegate, Cecil (Rudolph )

District 35B: Two delegates, Harford, Cecil (Stifler)

Filed: Republicans Andrew Cassilly, and Teresa Reilly.

District 36: Three delegates, Cecil, Kent, Caroline, Queen Anne’s (Hershey, J. Jacobs, Smigielvacant)

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.

District 37: Dorchester, Talbot, Wicomico (Colburn,)

Filed for Senate: Democrat Cheryl Everman.

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, Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, Wicomico (Colburn, Eckardt, Haddaway-Riccio runs for lieutenant governor)

Del. Mike McDermott

Del. Mike McDermott

Attorney Philip Cronan has announced for the open seat left by Haddaway-Riccio.

District 38: Somerset, Worcester (Mathias, Otto, McDermott filed for Senate)

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 senator Jim Mathias reports

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)

38C: One delegate, Worcester

Filed: Democrat Mike Hindi and Republican Mary Beth Carozza.

District 39: Three delegates, Montgomery (King, Barkley, Reznik, Robinson all filed for reelection)

Xiangfei Cheng

Xiangfei Cheng

Filed for delegate: Republican Xiangfei Cheng,

District 40: Three delegates, Baltimore City (Pugh filed, Conaway, Robinson filed, Tarrant filed)

Filed for delegate: Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, a longtime civil rights leader in Baltimore. The Baltimore Post-Examiner covers a campaign event at the Pi Omega Chapter House in West Baltimore Sept. 24.

Running for delegate: Democrats Rob “Bobby” LaPin, a former Baltimore City teacher and U.S. Army veteran, Quianna Cooke.

Del. Barbara Robinson, a Democrat, filed on Sept. 24.

District 41: Three delegates, Baltimore City (Gladden filed, Carter filed, Oaks, Rosenberg filed)

Filed for delegate: Michael Pearson and Joyce Smith

District 42: Baltimore County (Brochin, 42A Lafferty, new 42B, Aumann; Frank retiring, Boteler, Kach runs for council)

42A: One delegate, Baltimore County

42B: Two delegates, Baltimore County

Del. Susan Aumann filed Aug. 21 for District 42B delegate.

Running for delegate: Republican Chris West is running for delegate.

Del. Maggie McIntosh

Del. Maggie McIntosh

District 43: Three delegates, Baltimore City (Conway filed, Anderson filed, McIntosh filed, Washington)

Del. Maggie McIntosh, a Democrat, filed on Sept. 17 for delegate.

Del. Mary Washington, a Democrat, filed Sept. 20 for delegate.

District 44: Baltimore City and County (Jones-Rodwell filed, Haynes, Mitchell, Stukes all filed for the same single-member district, 44A)

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)

Rainier Harvey, Charles E. Sydnor, III, and Pat Young have filed. More information is on Young’s campaign website.

Woodlawn resident Aaron Barnett filed Sept. 13, saying that people have been asking him to run for office during his years of community and recreation work, reports Julie Baughman for The Baltimore Sun. Barnett is vice president of the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 333 Port of Baltimore.

Frederick Ware-Newsome, a Democrat, filed Oct. 2.

District 45: Three delegates, Baltimore City (McFadden filed, Branch, Glenn, Harper )

Running for delegate: Cory McCray

Doyle Niemann

Doyle Niemann

District 46: Three delegates, Baltimore City (Ferguson, Clippinger, Hammen, McHale)

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

District 47B: One delegate, Prince George’s