Governor Hogan endorses District 36 legislators
ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan recently announced endorsements for the 2018 elections, including all members of the District 36 delegation, who are fellow Republicans.
State Sen. Steve Hershey along with delegates Jay Jacobs, Steve Arentz and Jeff Ghrist represent the four-county district, which covers parts of Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Caroline counties. In Cecil County, the district primarily covers the Eastern Shore from Route 40 south in Elkton as well as most of the Elk Neck peninsula.
Hershey is seeking his second four-year term in the State Senate, where he serves a minority whip, the second highest ranking Republican member behind Minority Leader J.B. Jennings. Meanwhile, Jacobs is seeking his third term in the House of Delegates while Arentz and Ghrist are seeking their second terms.
So far, Hershey faces a sole Democratic challenger in his race while the incumbent delegates are opposed by two fellow Republicans and three Democrats.
“The District 36 Delegation is a great team of advocates for the Eastern Shore,” Hogan said in a statement. “Individually and collectively they have my wholehearted endorsement.”
Hogan credited Hershey with helping to advance his agenda in the General Assembly.
“As the Minority Whip, Sen. Steve Hershey has been one of my ‘go to guys’ to help pass legislation that benefits all Marylanders, including bills designed specifically to help our job creators and small businesses,” Hogan said. “Sen. Hershey has also led an important bipartisan initiative to improve the delivery of health care services throughout the Eastern Shore.”
In describing Jacobs, Hogan said that “no one does a better job in Annapolis promoting and fighting for the Eastern Shore.”
“From issues facing our farmers, watermen and small business owners, Jay has been a true champion,” Hogan said. “I have benefited greatly by Delegate Jacobs’ wise council on matters affecting the Eastern Shore.”
Hogan also praised the service of Arentz and Ghrist, noting that they help bring the issues from the Eastern Shore to his office.
“Delegate Steve Arentz’s strong leadership as the deputy minority whip on the Economic Matters Committee and his experience as a county commissioner are great assets to the Eastern Shore and all of Maryland. He brings local government experience to the General Assembly and valuable perspective on how legislation impacts rural counties,” the governor said. “Delegate Arentz is a great advocate for his district and for my agenda of no tax increases, reduced tolls and record education funding.”
“I can always count on Delegate Jeff Ghrist to understand the pulse of the Eastern Shore and deliver measurable results for the Shore and the state,” Hogan said. “He has a strong grasp of the state budget and has worked very closely with my team to develop a balanced budget that reduces spending and has returned over $700 million to working Maryland families.”
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Hershey said they were all “honored” to receive the governor’s endorsement.
“The four of us that makeup the District 36 Delegation have been committed to working with Gov. Hogan in his successful efforts to change Maryland,” he added in a statement. “We are looking forward to supporting Gov. Hogan and promoting our team’s accomplishments during our upcoming campaigns for re-election.”
From left, Delegate Steve Arentz, State Sen. Stephen Hershey, Gov. Larry Hogan, and Delegates Jay Jacobs and Jeff Ghrist are preparing for their 2018 re-election campaigns.