Somebody’s already saying the ‘E’ word
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.