Category Archives: Digest

Weekly Digest: 2/23

Here’s the list of the candidates who filed this week:

Federal

  • John R. Graziani (R) – U.S. Senate. Hails from Anne Arundel County.
  • Christina J. Grigorian (R) – U.S. Senate
  • Allison Galbraith (D) – U.S. House of Representatives, District 1. She seems like a strong progressive looking to upset Maryland’s only congressional Republican, Rep. Andy Harris.
  • Adam DeMarco (D) – U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. An Army veteran with a progressive platform that includes Medicare for All, challenging the incumbent, John Sarbanes, who’s also reasonably progressive. An odd choice, but perhaps he’s building name recognition for a later election.
  • Dennis L. Fritz (D) – U.S. House of Representatives, District 5
  • George English (D) – U.S. House of Representatives, District 6
  • Brad Rohrs (R) – U.S. House of Representatives, District 6
  • Charles Stokes (D) – U.S. House of Representatives, District 7
  • Swami Swaminathan (I) –U.S. House of Representatives, District 7
  • Utam Paul (D) – U.S. House of Representatives, District 8

Statewide

  • Ben Jealous (D) and Susie Turnbull (D) – Governor. This progressive ticket could very well win back the governor’s seat for the Democrats.
  • Alec  Ross (D) and Julie C. Verratti (D) – Governor

 State Senate

  • Billy Shreve (R) – District 3. The bombastic Frederick County councilman will try to turn this seat red, but first he’ll have to beat Craig Giangrande in the Republican primary, who has been running for several months already.
  • Jessica Douglass (D) – District 4. This is a reliably Republican district in the mixed suburban-exurban-rural areas outside the city of Frederick. It’s good that a Democrat is running here, because they’re likely to pull in more votes this year than they have in the past.
  • Scott Collier (I) – District 6. Collier ran here in 2014 and took 7.3%, a respectable percentage for an unaffiliated candidate.
  • Christian Miele (R) – District 8. He’s been running for Kathy Klausmeier’s seat for months, but only just made it official.
  • Reid J. Novotny (R) – District 9. Here’s an intra-party challenger for Senator Gail Bates (R).
  • Sheldon Laskin (D) – District 11. A more progressive alternative to incumbent Senator Bobby Zirkin (D).
  • Clarence Lam (D) – District 12. Following Senator Ed Kasemeyer’s surprise decision to retire, the district’s House delegation got together and agreed Del. Lam would run for state Senate.
  • Michelle Carhart (D) – District 18
  • John Leonard (R) – District 28
  • Thomas Brewer (D) – District 29. It’s good to see someone has stepped up for the blue team in this dark red district.
  • Mauren Bryant (R) – District 32. This was the GOP’s backup plan to John Grasso. The fact that Bryant has filed is a likely indicator that Grasso will be running for Anne Arundel County Executive.
  • Mary-Dulany James (D) – District 34. Democrats landed their dream candidate on Friday when the former delegate jumped into the race. James came up short when she ran for this seat four years ago, losing by a 14-point margin, but the political winds are blowing in a different direction now and this race is now very much in play.
  • Fred Price, Jr. (R) – District 47

 House of Delegates

  • Diane DeCarlo (D) – District 6. Former delegate (1995-02) and briefly senator (2002-03). She immediately becomes the Democrats’ strongest candidate in this increasingly Republican district.
  • Tammy Larkin (R) – District 7. She’s joining a very, very crowded Republican field that now includes TWELVE candidates for the three seats.
  • Kevin Leary (R) – District 8
  • Norma Secoura (R) – District 8. She ran in 2014, taking 15.1% of the vote which was good enough for fifth place.
  • Lauren Lipscomb (D) – District 10
  • Kate Skovron (D) – District 11
  • James Howard (D) – District 12
  • Esam Al-Shareffi (D) – District 17
  • Julian Haffner (D) – District 17
  • Rebecca Smondrowski (D) – District 17
  • Pennie Parker (D) – District 23B. Another primary challenger for Joe Vallario.
  • Maurice Simpson, Jr. (D) – District 24
  • Maurice Culbreath (D) – District 25
  • Diedra Henry-Spires (D) – District 26
  • Dave Campbell (R) – District 28
  • Jim Crawford (R) – District 28. He was the only Republican on the ballot in the three-seat District 28 last time, and he won 19.2% of the vote.
  • Vanessa Jones (R) – District 28
  • Carmen Skarlupka (D) – District 30B
  • Tom Walters (R) – District 30B. Challenging freshman delegate Seth Howard in the GOP primary.
  • John R. Leopold (R) – District 31B. I’ve been hearing for months that the disgraced former Anne Arundel county executive was planning a comeback, but I was still surprised when he filed. He’s a legendary campaigner, so maybe he just couldn’t stay away.
  • Mark E. Bailey (R) – District 32
  • Tim Walters (R) – District 32. He ran in 2014, winning 15.3% of the vote. This was the best performance among the Republicans who ran there, but he still came in a solid fourth place behind the three Democrats.
  • Heather Bagnall (D) – District 33. She decided to run for the House instead of the Senate, which makes good strategic sense as Eve Hurwitz had a well-established state Senate campaign. With Bagnall’s candidacy, Democrats have a full slate in District 33.
  • Tom Angelis (R) – District 33. It looks like he switched back to the Republican Party after running one campaign as a Democrat in 2014.
  • Stacie MacDonald (R) – District 33
  • Sarahia Benn (D) – District 34A
  • Steve Johnson (D) – District 34A. Came in fourth place in the 2014 Democratic primary.
  • Douglas Anstine (R) – District 34A
  • Mimi Gedamu (R) – District 37B
  • Verelyn Gibbs Watson (R) – District 39
  • Tony Bridges (D) – District 41
  • Walter J. Horton (D) – District 41
  • Bonnie “Raven” Lane (G) – District 43

Daily Digest: 2/15

Here’s the list of the candidates who filed today:

Federal

  • Evan Cronhardt (R) – U.S. Senate. From Anne Arundel County
  • Marcia Morgan (D) – U.S. Senate
  • Erik Lane (D) – U.S. House of Representatives, District 1

 State Senate

  • Hongjun Xin (D) – District 15

 House of Delegates

  • Paul Ransom (D) – District 14
  • Destinee Parker (D) – District 44A

Anne Arundel County

  • Jim Fredericks (R) – Sheriff

Daily Digest: 2/14

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s the list of the candidates who filed today:

Federal

  • Charles Anthony (R) – U.S. House of Representatives, District 3

 House of Delegates

  • Chike Anyanwu (R) – District 21. He ran for Anne Arundel county council in 2014.
  • Crystal Woodward (D) – District 36. From Queen Anne’s County.
  • Caylin Young (D) – District 45
  • Dea Thomas (D) – District 46

Anne Arundel County

  • Anne Colt Leitess (D) – State’s Attorney. Served as the appointed State’s Attorney from 2013-14, following the resignation of Frank Weathersbee

Daily Digest: 2/13

Here’s the list of the candidates who filed today:

Statewide

  • Jon Cook (G) – Governor

State Senate

  • Al Phillips (R) – District 39

 House of Delegates

  • Brian Marcos (R) – District 10
  • Melanie Harris (R) – District 12

Daily Digest: 2/12

Here’s the list of the candidates who filed today:

Federal

  • Blaine Taylor (R) – U.S. Senate
  • Lih Young (D) – U.S. Senate

 House of Delegates

  • Carl Ward (D) – House of Delegates, District 19
  • Terrell Boston-Smith (D) – House of Delegate, District 40

Daily Digest: 2/9

Here’s the list of the candidates who filed today:

Federal

  • John Rea (D) – U.S. House of Representatives, District 3. From Anne Arundel County.

House of Delegates

  • Lauren Arikan (R) – House of Delegates, District 7
  • Bob Cockey (R) – House of Delegates, District 12
  • Marc King (R) – House of Delegates, District 15

Daily Digest 2/8

Here’s the list of the candidates who filed today:

Statewide

  • Craig Wolf (R) – Attorney General. Currently the President and CEO of the Washington-based trade lobby, the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America.

State Senate

  • Stephanie Boston (R) – State Senate, District 10. Took 18.7% of the vote in the 2014 Democratic primary. Maybe she’ll have more luck as a Republican?

House of Delegates

  • Ryan Sullivan (G) – House of Delegates, District 7
  • Michael Tyrone Brown, Sr. (R) – House of Delegates, District 10. Also an ex-Democrat, took 5.3% of the vote in the 2014 primary.
  • Ray Ranker (I) – House of Delegates, District 21
  • Ashanti Martinez (D) – House of Delegates, District 22
  • Alice Cain (D) – House of Delegates, District 30A. Longtime education advocate and member of the Annapolis Education Commission.
  • Dan O’Hare (D) – House of Delegates, District 37B

Daily Digest 2/7

Here’s the list of the latest candidates to file for the election:

Federal

  • Tony Campbell (R) – U.S. Senate
  • Nnabu Eze (R) – U.S. Senate
  • Michael Brown (D) – U.S. House of Representatives, District 1 (Eastern Shore)
  • Jesse Colvin (D) – U.S. House of Representatives, District 1 (Eastern Shore). Colvin’s campaign has been up and running for several months, and he actually outraised the incumbent, Rep. Andy Harris (R) in the fourth quarter of 2017. Colvin is a former Army Ranger and hails from the Baltimore County portion of the district.

State