Some­body’s al­ready say­ing the ‘E’ word

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

One year from now, the vot­ers of Charles County, and of Mary­land, will have spo­ken. The June 26, 2018, Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic pri­mary elec­tions will have whit­tled down the field of can­di­dates for a Novem­ber show­down.

There. It’s hap­pened. Some­body has men­tioned the “E” word.

They call these off-year elec­tions, be­cause the White House isn’t in play. But on the state and lo­cal level, it’s game on. All five Charles County com­mis­sioner seats will be up for grabs, as well as sher­iff, state’s at­tor­ney and all seven school board seats. All three spots in the Mary­land House of Del­e­gates and this re­gion’s state Se­nate post will be up for elec­tion. Dis­trict 5’s sit­ting con­gress­man will get some com­pe­ti­tion again, and one of Mary­land’s U.S. Se­nate seats comes into play.

Think it’s too early to talk about the next elec­tion? Tell that to the folks who have al­ready ei­ther ac­tu­ally filed or de­clared their in­ten­tion to do so. The cam­paign has al­ready started. Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R) is al­ready all in to run for a sec­ond term. Should he win, he would be the first Repub­li­can gover­nor to be re-elected in Mary­land since Theodore McKeldin in 1954. Democrats are al­ready lin­ing up to take a crack at Ho­gan, in­clud­ing Sen. Richard Madaleno (Mont­gomer y), Prince Ge­orge’s County Ex­ec­u­tive Rush­ern Baker and the for­mer pres­i­dent and CEO of the NAACP, Ben Jeal­ous. For­mer State De­part­ment of­fi­cial Alec Ross and busi­ness­man James Shea have also joined the pri­mary hunt for the gover­nor’s man­sion, and you can ex­pect more to sign up be­fore too long.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is up for re-elec­tion next year, and he al­ready has two pri­mary op­po­nents in Richard “Rikki” Vaughn of Bal­ti­more and Deb­bie “Rica” Wil­son of White Plains.

As of this week, one Repub­li­can, Johnny Rice of Prince Ge­orge’s County, has filed for the Dis­trict 5 seat in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives held by long­time Demo­cratic in­cum­bent Steny Hoyer.

Sher­iff Troy Berry (D), who has yet to file to run for a sec­ond term, was un­op­posed in the 2014 elec­tion. No one has filed to run against him as of yet.

Among the county com­mis­sion­ers, none of them have yet filed to run for re-elec­tion. How­ever, a hand­ful of chal­lengers have filed to run in dis­tricts 1, 2 and 3.

The Clerk of the Cir­cuit Court, Sharon “Sherri” Han­cock, will be up for re-elec­tion, as will State’s At­tor­ney Tony Conving­ton (D).

Of course, there are many more parts to the puz­zle that will come to­gether over the next six months or so. There may be some big sur­prises over who’s fil­ing, and who won’t be. Then, the campaigning will kick into high gear.

Ei­ther way, by this time next year, some of the smoke will have cleared and we’ll know what the lineup for the 2018 gen­eral elec­tion will be. And we’ll be right here to re­port on it, ev­ery step of the way.

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