6 days of early voting down, one election day to go! As the state’s newly implemented early voting system has concluded, with little to show in turnout numbers as only about 2.5% of eligibly registered voters participated, we now have one last day to-go at turning out and voting for, in some cases, who shall be our elected representative in various offices.
As Maryland touts a strong Democratic majority, many counties and state races shall be decided at the close of business this Tuesday September 14. The Primary elections, which in this state only allows those registered to either the Democratic or Republican parties to vote for their parties candidates, shall be the casting call for many closely contested races throughout the State. Therefore I could not miss the opportunity in weighing in on the races that have been thrust to the forefront by political analysts throughout Maryland.
While the top tier statewide offices (U.S. Senate, Governor/Lt. Governor, Comptroller and Attorney General) have been all but decided to some degree, with very limited seriously considered contenders, the State’s top spot of Governor shall be more intense come November 2. However with every county, excluding Baltimore City, having state and municipal elections being held simultaniously, it offers alot of races with alot of candidates vying for elected office.
In Prince George’s County there is an open County Executive and State’s Attorney race, as the incumbents of both shall not seek re-election (the former because of term limits and the latter due to personal reasons). Therefore these two races certainly have the most interest and coverage, with only the Senate race for the 47th legislative district having any real traction.
As the County Executive race being the top of the ticket, with current Exec. Jack Johnson being term-limited, this contest shall have the most impact on this jurisdiction. While there are quiet a few names in the race, most very credible, you would almost certainly have to give this race to that of Rushern Baker. Having the name recognition from previous runs for the job, along with a fairly well oiled and funded campaign team, it would be hard to see any of the others overtaking these advantages. Though he was caught for supposedly driving without a license, the words “let thou without sin cast the first stone” come to mind, thereby not serious enough for voters’ not to vote for him.
The State’s Attorney race is certainly of great interest, with five candidates originally in the race for this seat that has been vacated by Glenn Ivey. Having met personally with the top contender and in my opinion the presumptive nominee, Angela Alsobrooks, last year as she laid out her reasons then for why she was seeking this post, I must say she is very impressive. As the current director of the counties Revenue Authority and former assistant prosecutor, she has racked up all kinds of endorsements (including Ivey’s), and looks very good for this post. This compassionate, intelligent and sensible single mother of one in my opinion is certainly destined for higher office in the future…possibly Maryland’s first female Governor?!
The 47th district Senate race pits a freshman Senator who took over for the late Senator Gwendolyn Britt, against an enthusiastic and well-liked delegate from the district. This race may be close however I have to go with the upset and predict that delegate Victor Ramirez will come out on top!
Baltimore City, as previously mentioned being the only jurisdiction in the state without a municipal election, still has quiet a few races on the radar that shall stir some attention. Beginning with the nasty fight for State’s Attorney, I believe that though the challenger has thrown facts and figures of questionable interpretation at the voters’ through many ads and mailers, the incumbent Patricia Jessamy shall pull off a hard fought win for re-election. Dependent on turn-out, especially that of the African-American community, this race is more a choice of having a police state reimplemented with the lock’em up and throw away the key mentality of former Mayor Martin O’Malley with the challenger or having a prosecutor’s office like Jessamy’s that actually reviews the many questionable arrests given to them by a less than trustworthy police department.
State elections throughout the City shall certainly be of interest in the 43rd district, where Senator Joan Carter Conway faces a real challenge, though I believe she easily wins re-election. Also, with delegate Ann Marie Doory exiting for a State position, it will be interesting to see which newcomer gets the nod…Mary Washington or Kelly Fox? My prediction…though Washington is on the incumbent’s ballot and having placed fourth last time around, Kelly Fox just may have done enough to pull this one out. The 44th district shall also see a changing of the guard as I see former councilman and mayoral candidate Keiffer Mitchell, along with politico Chris Blake joining current Delegate Melvin Stukes in the House of Delegates. (Also, State Central candidate endorsements in both districts have to go to Bill Henry Sr. (43rd) and Marvin ‘Doc’ Cheatham (44th).)
Baltimore County certainly has a hotly contested County Executive race, along with a few council seats that look interesting. Running out of space and time I look to see Kevin Kamenetz skimming by for the top spot, while the 3rd district’s man’s man, Todd Huff, possibly pulling off the upset in the counties only district representated by a Republican.
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