A year from today, it’ll all be de­cided

The Calvert Recorder - - Community Forum -

It’s time to say the “E” word again. One year from today — bar­ring any re­counts or protested elec­tion re­sults — it will all have been de­cided. Let’s take a look at the po­lit­i­cal crys­tal ball and see where we’ll be that first Wed­nes­day in Novem­ber 2018.

At the fed­eral level, ei­ther Mary­land’s se­nior sen­a­tor, Demo­crat Ben Cardin, will have se­cured a third term, or some­one new will be rep­re­sent­ing us in Wash­ing­ton. And in the House, ei­ther Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) will have won a 19th full term in Con­gress (with or with­out car­ry­ing St. Mary’s), or a chal­lenger will have knocked him out of of­fice.

At the state level, ei­ther Larry Ho­gan will have be­come the first Repub­li­can gov­er­nor re-elected in Mary­land since Theodore McKeldin in 1954, or one of the many Democrats who lined up to top­ple him will have done so.

Sen. Steve Waugh (R-St. Mary’s, Calvert), who four years ago ousted the long­time in­cum­bent Demo­crat, Roy Dyson, will ei­ther have won re-elec­tion or been sim­i­larly turned out by an asyet-un­known chal­lenger. Waugh has not yet filed, but is fully ex­pected to do so.

Also in An­napo­lis, all three state del­e­gate seats rep­re­sent­ing Calvert will have been de­cided. And at this writ­ing, while all three of the Repub­li­can in­cum­bents are ex­pected to de­fend their seats, nei­ther Del. Mark Fisher (R-Calvert), Del. Michael Jack­son (D-Calvert, Prince Ge­orge’s) nor Del. Ger­ald W. “Jerry” Clark (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s) had of­fi­cially filed. Demo­crat Julia Ni­chols of Leonard­town is vy­ing for Clark’s post, while Demo­crat Ja­son Fowler has thrown his hat in the ring for Fisher’s seat and two Repub­li­cans, Phil Par­enti and Michael Thomas, are run­ning for Jack­son’s post.

In lo­cal races, Calvert vot­ers will se­lect a new Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers, for which three peo­ple have of­fi­cially filed so far: Democrats Tri­cia Pow­ell in District 1, Holly Heintz Budd in District 3 and Matt Ben­nett, who is run­ning at large (no District 2 can­di­dates or in­cum­bents have filed at this time). Vot­ers will also choose the next county trea­surer, reg­is­ter of wills, or­phans’ court judges, clerk of the cir­cuit court and state’s at­tor­ney. Deputy State’s At­tor­ney Kathryn Marsh and Se­nior As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney An­drew Rap­pa­port, both Repub­li­cans, are run­ning against each other to suc­ceed Laura Martin as Calvert’s state’s at­tor­ney.

In ad­di­tion to these races, one that is al­ways big in Calvert, with some of the most cam­paign spend­ing, is the sher­iff’s race. So far, in­cum­bent Sher­iff Mike Evans (R) faces two Repub­li­can chal­lengers — Kin­sey Weems and Craig Kon­tra, who ran a close race as a Demo­crat against Evans in 2014 — and one Demo­crat, Michael Hawkins.

Fi­nally, the two at-large board of ed­u­ca­tion seats are also on the 2018 bal­lot in Calvert. Those seats are cur­rently oc­cu­pied by board pres­i­dent Pamela Cousins and Bill Phalen, though nei­ther they nor any­one else has filed yet, ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land State Board of Elec­tions.

Ob­vi­ously, a lot will change be­tween now and the June 26 pri­mary, let alone a year from now. But as the cam­paigns wage and when the win­ners emerge, you can count on The Calvert Recorder to re­port on it, ev­ery step of the way.

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