WTOP: 2018 Md Primary Guide: House of Delegates, State Senate Races to Watch

"WASHINGTON — Voting in next week’s primary elections in Maryland? You may have been following the contest to determine the Democrats’ challenger against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. And for the past few weeks, you may have seen and heard ads from competitors in some of the congressional campaigns underway.

But further down the ballot, you’ll also find scores of competitive primaries for seats in the Maryland House of Delegates and the state Senate.

This year has seen a slew of planned exits from the Maryland statehouse. Overall, 29 of 141 Maryland delegates are stepping down this year; some are retiring, others are running for other elected offices.
That turnover in the statehouse has contributed to unusually crowded races, said Todd Eberly, associate professor of political science and public policy. And more incumbents than usual are facing challenges.

“So you’ve got, let’s say, a more dynamic and more active race in the House of Delegates and in the Senate than you have in previous election years in Maryland,” he said.

In the immediate WTOP listening area, there are 35 districts with House of Delegates races on the ballot next. Of those, 17 are districts with at least one open seat.

All 47 state Senate seats are up for election in 2018. Maryland state senators hold office for four years, which means those elected will serve until 2022 — and have a hand in the state’s redistricting process. (Third-party and independent candidates still have until July 2 to file.)

See below for a guide to the House of Delegates and state Senate races to watch."

District 4 (Frederick County)

House of Delegates

Two open seats because Republican Del. David Vogt is leaving after one term and Republican Del. Kathy Afzali is running for Frederick County executive.

Democratic (vote for 3)
Ysela Bravo
Lois Jarman
Darrin Smith

Republican (vote for 3)
Barrie Ciliberti (I)
Dan Cox
Jesse Pippy

MDGOP Candidate