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Elections 2018: District 2

Senate District 2

Incumbent: Andrew Serafini (R)
Challengers: none

Past Results:
2014: Christopher Shank (R) unopposed
2010: Christopher Shank (R) 70.9%, Donald Munson (R) 28.2%

Senator Andrew Serafini (R)

Senator Andrew Serafini (R)

District 2 is located in Washington County in western Maryland, including Hagerstown and the surrounding areas. Politically, this area has been conservative for decades, and Hagerstown shifted significantly towards the Republican party in 2016. Trump beat Clinton here 64%-31%, which is steep but not insurmountable for Democrats in a blue wave year.

Andrew Serafini was appointed to this seat when Senator Christopher Shank took a job in the Hogan administration. Serafini had previously served in the House of Delegates from district 2A since 2008, which he had also been appointed to. He has a reputation as a pragmatic conservative, and although he tends to be a weak fundraiser, he’s handily won two contested elections.

House District 2A

Incumbents: Neil Parrott (R), Bill Wivell (R)
Challengers: none

Past Results:
2014: Neil Parrott (R) 36.0%, Andrew Serafini (R) 35.9%, Elizabeth Paul (D) 16.9%, Charles Bailey 11.1%

2A is a two-member district encompassing eastern Washington County, with the exception of the City of Hagerstown, which is District 2B. This is a very conservative, 68-27 Trump district where Larry Hogan is extremely popular and Republicans will be favored to win in November.

House District 2B

Incumbent: Paul Corderman (R)
Challengers: Peter Perini (D)

Past Results:
2014: Brett Wilson (R) 54.3%, John Donoghue (D) 45.6%
2010: John Donoghue (D) 52.7%, Cort Meinelschmidt (R) 46.9%

Hagerstown has long been a Democratic oasis in dark-red western Maryland. Amid abysmal Democratic turnout, voters in 2014 voiced their opposition to the status quo and elected popular local attorney Brett Wilson over longtime delegate John Donoghue. Two years later, again with terrible turnout, District 2B voters favored Trump 49-45. This should be considered one of the Democrats’ top pickup opportunities in 2018, but they must find some way to bring voters to the polls.

Delegate Wilson was appointed to a judgeship in 2016, and local Republicans selected Paul Corderman, a Hagerstown city councilman, to succeed him. Corderman will start out with good name recognition since the district borders are practically coterminous with the city borders.

Peter Perini has filed for this seat as a Democrat. Former Hagerstown mayor Davis Gysberts would also make a fantastic delegate.

Campaign finances as of the January 17 filing deadline:

Name Receipts Self Fund Expenditures Cash on Hand
Paul Corderman (R) $10,192 $0 $994 $9,198
Peter Perini (D) $0 $10,400 $28 $15,467