One year from now we will be in the final stretch of local elections for county executive, county council, state delegates and state senate. As of this past July, candidates could begin filing with the Board of Elections. So far, John Bailey has announced his intention to run for state delegate in District 12B and Ed Priola has announced his intention to run for delegate in District 13. It is widely presumed that the incumbents in those districts will also be running for reelection.
There is still plenty of time and around the county various players are starting to test the waters and jockeying for position. Previously I posted about rumors that Alan Klein would challenge Mary Kay Sigaty for her District 4 council seat in the Democratic primary. In his own words Alan says while he has been asked to run, “At this point, I have said yes to no one on this issue.”
Yes to no one?
Other rumors floating around out there are that Dennis Schrader will reenter the local scene by challenging Jen Terrasa for her District 3 council seat. Dennis previously served on the council from 1994 to 1998. He also served as former Governor Robert Ehrlich’s Director of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2007.
Robert Flanagan, another local Republican heavyweight is rumored to be contemplating a run for Courtney Watsons District 1 council seat. Bob also served in the Ehrlich administration as the Secretary of Transportation. Prior to that he was a member of the House of Delegates where he chaired the Howard County Delegation from 1991 until 1996. That’s no small feat for a Republican in a county delegation dominated by the Democrats.
Thus the local political games begin. More hats will soon be tossed into ring and some rumors will actually morph into official announcements. As I said, there is still plenty of time. The deadline for filing is July 6, 2010.