A year from today, it’ll all be decided
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.