Gov­er­nor Ho­gan en­dorses Dis­trict 36 leg­is­la­tors

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JA­COB OWENS jowens@ce­cil­

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.

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