New faces for Montgomery County legislative delegation as two incumbents lose their seats

The Montgomery County delegation in the Maryland General Assembly will have at least 10 new legislators heading to Annapolis for the 2019 legislative session.

Of the 32 Democrats who represent the County in the state’s legislative body, two incumbents, Del. Marice Morales (District 19) and Del. Shane Robinson (District 39), lost their party’s nomination in Tuesday’s primary election after being successfully overtaken by challengers.

“Thank you for supporting my re-election campaign. With your help, I was re-nominated yesterday and look forward to the General Election in November,” Marc Korman, one of the successful incumbent nominees, wrote in an online message to his supporters.

During the 2018 primary election cycle, numerous sitting delegates and state senators chose to run for higher office, including Congress, Governor, and the County Council.

In the State Senate, Democrats Roger Manno (District 19) and Rich Madaleno (District 18) were the only two incumbents to vacate their seat to mount campaigns for higher office. Manno unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, while Madaleno lost the Democratic gubernatorial primary to Ben Jealous.

Manno’s seat is being challenged by incumbent Democratic Delegate Ben Kramer; Republican Alirio E. Martinez, Jr.; and Green Party candidate David Jeang, while Democratic Delegate Jeff Waldstreicher overcame Dana Beyer and Michelle Carhart to win the nomination to succeed Madaleno. Waldstreicher will not face a Republican opponent.

The County’s other state senators were re-nominated after unopposed primaries but will each face Republican opponents in November’s General Election.

In the House of Delegates, District 14, all three incumbent Democratic delegates, Pam Queen, Eric Luedtke, and Anne R. Kaiser, were re-nominated after facing Paul Ransom as their only opponent. The three incumbents will face Republicans Michael A. Ostroff, Patricia Fenati, and Kevin Dorrance.

Incumbent Delegate Aruna Miller, one of several Annapolis lawmakers to run for higher office, vacated her seat in District 15 for an unsuccessful Congressional bid, ultimately losing to businessman David Trone. Along with incumbents Kathleen Dumais and David Fraser-Hidalgo, Lily Qi clinched third place above the six other candidates. The three Democrats will face Republicans Laurie Halverson, Harvey Jacobs and Marc A. King. 

Delegate Bill Frick, who ran unsuccessfully for County Executive, opened a seat in District 16. Incumbents Marc Korman and Ariana Kelly were re-nominated, while the third seat is yet to be decided – with the contest between Samir Paul and Sara Love coming down to a margin of 37 votes as of July 2, with absentee and provisional ballots still to be counted. Korman, Kelly and the eventual third-place finisher will face Republican Bill Day.

As the only candidate to not seek reelection or another office, Delegate Andrew Platt decided to forgo a second term in District 17 after being first elected in 2014. The district’s other two incumbent delegates, Kumar Barve and Jim Gilchrist, secured the first and third places in the primary, with Julie Palakovich Carr placing second in a field that included three other candidates. George Ivan Hernandez is the only Republican running in the district.

Two seats opened in District 18 after Delegates Jeff Waldstreicher and Ana Sol Gutierrez chose to seek other offices. Waldstreicher is looking to succeed Madaleno in the State Senate, while Sol Gutierrez mounted a bid for Roger Berliner’s District 1 seat on the County Council. Incumbent Al Carr was nominated alongside Emily Shetty and Jared Solomon in a field that included five other candidates. The Democratic nominees will face Republican Linda Willard and Green Party candidate Jon Cook.

Incumbent Delegate Bonnie Cullison was nominated in District 19 alongside Charlotte Crutchfield and Vaughn Stewart at the expense of incumbent Marice Morales. Cullison, Crutchfield and Stewart will face Republicans Martha Schaerr, Dave Pasti and Helen Domenici. 

Running as a team, District 20 incumbent Delegates David Moon and Jheanelle Wilkins will be joined by Lorig Charkoudian for November’s General Election after a late-breaking controversy. In a field that included four other candidates, Darian Unger fired his campaign manager, John Rodriguez, for allegedly throwing away campaign materials belonging to one of the other candidates. Moon, Wilkins, and Charkoudian will not face a Republican opponent. 

In District 39, incumbent Charles Barkley decided to forgo another term in the House of Delegates, instead choosing to run for County Council. Incumbent Delegate Shane Robinson finished just outside the first three places, failing to secure nomination. Incumbent Del. Kirill Reznik, who finished third, will be joined by Lesley J. Lopez and Gabriel Acevero.


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