Staigerwald set to run for District Six State Senate
Bud Staigerwald, a born and raised Dundalk local, has filed his intentions to run for Maryland State Senate in 2018.
The Dundalk Democrat last ran for public office in 2014, when he ran for the District Seven seat on the Baltimore County Council.
If elected as District Six’s state senator, Staigerwald plans to utilize his combined decades of experience with the North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department and the school board to promote safety and community programs locally as well as statewide.
“The vision I have doesn’t just help District Six, but the whole east side of
the county and city, all the way over to Anne Arundel County,” said Staigerwald, though he declined to share his vision this soon in the campaign.
With more than a year until the general elections in Maryland, Staigerwald’s announcement comes early in the campaign. However, Republican Johnny Ray Salling, the State Senate seat’s incumbent, has al- ready announced his intentions to run again in 2018.
“I’ll put my resume up against anyone’s,” Staigerwald stated. “I would prove an effective community leader. I’m not representing Bud Staigerwald’s beliefs, I’m representing the beliefs of the district.”
According to Staigerwald, the same cannot be said for those currently in office.
“I’m not here to cast dispersions on Salling, but if you are to look at the records of the last four years, I think that I have proven that I can be effective, but I don’t know if I can say the same of him,” said Staigerwald. “He’s done some great things, but show me something that he’s done specifically for our district.”
Staigerwald believes that his strong connection to the community and the workings of the district will help him in his run for office.
A master electrician, he has worked for BGE for nearly three decades, and this experience, he said, has led him to value skilled labor that can bring high pay- ing jobs back to the district.
According to Staigerwald, many labor unions supported his run for County Council, and he is anticipating their continued support during his run for Senate.
In addition to his work with unions, Staigerwald has spent 25 years as a member and leader of the North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department , so he strongly values health and safety.
Staigerwald claims to have witnessed the destruction that the opioid epidemic has caused in the community and says that he “believes it is of the utmost importance to ensure that our people and assets are safe and protected.”
Staigerwald believes that his biggest strength as a politician would be his ability to work across the aisle.
“Part of being an elected official is being able to work collaboratively with your network,” Staigerwald said. “It’s not about being a Democrat or a Republican, it’s about working together for your people.”
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Bud Staigerwald has officially filed to run for State Senate.