"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.
“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)
Republican (vote for 3)
Barrie Ciliberti (I)
Dear Mr. Pippy:
On behalf of our 2018 State President Boyd Campbell and more than 25,000 members, it is a pleasure to inform you that your campaign for election to the Maryland House of Delegates is endorsed by the Maryland REALTORS®. We wish you the best of luck and look forward to working with you in the General Assembly.
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2018 Election Endorsements
"Even though Maryland is progressive state, a growing number of legislators, supported by an influential pro-choice grassroots movement, are making it increasingly difficult for women (and men) to feel supported in their pro-life choices.
These powerful voices would like the government to make sure that people use abortion as a form of birth control and prey on certain ethnic groups and zip codes no matter how much this harms families and our communities. Simply put, the government and title x health providers should not be selling abortions for their own financial gains.
Maryland Right to Life is the primary resource to legislators in Annapolis on life issues including abortion, healthcare, physician assisted suicide and education.
We lead a variety of chapters throughout the state that help with grassroots lobbying and educate locally and within state government. We are able to provide first-hand perspectives on these issues because we work with and educate thousands of Marylanders every year."
The Maryland Farm Bureau Political Action Committee (PAC), affiliated with the state’s largest general agricultural organization, recently announced the endorsement of 106 candidates in the House, Senate, Attorney General, Comptroller and Governor’s race for the state’s 2018 primary election.
“An endorsement is recognition of a candidate’s commitment to the issues important to the agricultural community in Maryland,” said Michael Calkins, Chairman of the Maryland Farm Bureau PAC. “Our support highlights the strong working relationship between farmers and endorsed candidates, both in the halls of Annapolis and back at local farm community events.”
The Maryland Farm Bureau PAC is non-partisan. The endorsement process is intended to draw attention to farm issues in an election year, increase voter turnout, and build a stronger relationship between local farmers and their elected officials. Much of the direction for the endorsement decisions comes from county Farm Bureaus.
“Selecting which candidates to endorse is truly a grassroots process,” Calkins said. “Candidate surveys include concerns raised by Farm Bureau members. Each county Farm Bureau creates a Candidate Evaluation Committee (CEC) to solicit input from its members, and in many cases, meet directly with the candidates. The CECs review candidate surveys, discuss year-round interaction with incumbents, discuss the qualifications of challengers, and make recommendations on whether to endorse. The PAC Board relies heavily on the recommendations of the CECs. The PAC Board also reviews the voting records of incumbents and the political acumen of challengers or open-seat candidates.”
Maryland Farm Bureau President Chuck Fry applauded the work of county committees and the PAC board. “This process truly exemplifies what’s great about the farming community and Farm Bureau,” he said. “We take direction from the grassroots – relying on the counties to recommend the candidates that will best serve the interests of farmers and rural Maryland.”
Calkins said that the endorsed candidates have demonstrated an appreciation for the hard work of farmers in Maryland. “The farming community plays an integral part in the state’s economy, not only in economic terms but also in the number of direct and indirect jobs our sector provides,” he said. “We want to be supported and acknowledged for the work accomplished in meeting and surpassing sediment and nutrient reduction goals as we do our part to clean up the Bay. Maryland farmland accounts for over 2 million acres in the state and farmers work hard to protect it and the Bay. The candidates selected recognize that agriculture needs to be supported and often defended during the legislative process.”
"An hour before the 9 p.m. deadline, Delegate David E. Vogt III (R-District 4) told supporters in an email that he would not seek re-election, despite announcing intentions to do so earlier in the election season. And with Afzali and Vogt out of the House of Delegates’ 4th District race, Delegate Barrie S. Ciliberti (R) is the only incumbent in the race, who is joined by Republican candidates Dan Cox and Jesse Pippy."
Frederick County liquor board chairman Jesse Pippy is hoping to continue updating the county’s laws — but from a different seat.
Pippy, 35, filed to run for the House of Delegates in District 4 on Tuesday.