Familiar names filing for primary

  • Charles County,St Mary's County,Calvert County
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Reuben B. Collins II

Hollywood, MD - The names of individuals making their candidacies official by filing with local election boards continue to become more familiar. Last week three incumbent state delegates—all Republicans representing St. Mary’s County—filed as a team for the election. For Matt Morgan (District 29A) and Deb Rey (District 29B), the 2018 campaign is for reelection. For Jerry Clark (District 29C, which includes Southern Calvert where Clark resides) it’s an opportunity to win a full term. Clark was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan during the summer of 2016 to fill the unexpired term of Tony O’Donnell, who was appointed to the Maryland Public Service Commission. Hogan posed for a picture with Morgan, Rey and Clark, and is quoted in a GOP press release as favoring the trio’s elections to the Maryland General Assembly.

On Friday, former Charles County commissioner Reuben B. Collins II filed to run for board of commissioners president. This will be Collins’ second campaign to win the Democratic Primary for commissioners’ president. In 2014, Collins was defeated handily by then-delegate Peter Murphy, who went on to win the General Election. As of Monday, Feb. 5 Murphy has not filed nor announced his intention for 2018. Collins’ effort to win the board presidency in 2014 may have been hampered by a driving under the influence arrest in January of that year, although many members of the community rallied to give him moral support. Collins received a loud ovation when he was introduced at a Black History Month event in Waldorf in early February of that year.

“Our nation now endures daily spates of frenzied rhetoric emphasizing all that divides us, while public civility and trust in our national institutions continue to deteriorate,” Collins stated on his campaign web page. “But here in Charles County, Maryland, I see something else. I see that our diversity can make us stronger, our differences invite better ideas, and our respect for each other enables collective success.” 

Here’s a listing of who has filed locally as of Monday morning, Feb. 5.

Maryland Senate - District 27: Republicans Roussan “Rau” Etienne Jr. and Jesse A. Peed; and Democrats Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and Tommi Makila. District 28: Democrat Mac Middleton. District 29: Republican Steve Waugh.

House of Delegates - District 27B: Republicans Philip Parenti and Michael Thomas. District 27C: Democrat Jason Fowler. District 28 (three seats): Republican Bill Dotson and Democrats John Coller, Debra Davis, Edward Holland, Edith Patterson and C.T. Wilson. District 29 A: Republican Matt Morgan, District 29B: Republican Deb Rey and Democrat Brian Crosby. District 29C: Republican Jerry Clark and Democrat Julia M. Nichols.

Calvert County - Commissioner At Large: Republicans Buddy Hance, Bill Heine and Tom Hejl; and Democrats Matt Bennett and Duwane Rager. Commissioner District One: Republicans Emad Dides and Mike Hart; and Democrat Tricia Powell. Commissioner District Two: Republicans Mark Arness and Lori Barbee. Commissioner District Three: Republican Kelly McConkey and Democrat Holly Heinz Budd. State’s Attorney: Republicans Kathryn Marsh and Andrew Rappaport. Judge of Orphans Court: Republicans Leslie Downs and Ted LeBlanc. Sheriff: Republicans Mike Evans, Craig W. Kontra and Kinsey Weems; and Democrat Michael Hawkins. Board of Education At large: Bill Phalen.

Charles County - Commissioner President: Democrats Reuben Collins and Brian G. Klass. Commissioner District One: Democrats Gilbert BJ Bowling, Richard Cook and Matt Nolan Wills. Commissioner District Two: Democrats Ulysee Davis, Jason Henry, Chuck McClam and Brandon Paulin and Brenda Thomas. Commissioner District Three: Democrats John Ashburn, Derrick Terry and Jerry Williams. District Four: Democrat Dyotha Rene Sweat. Circuit Court Clerk: Democrat Sherri Hancock. Judge of Orphans Court: Democrats Lorraine Berry, Darlene Breck, Frank Lancaster and T.E. Tre Steger-Smith. Sheriff: Democrats Troy Berry and Michael De Paulo. Board of Education (non-partisan): Karen Altieri, Tajala Taj Battle-Lockhart, Pernevlyn Coggins, David Hancock, Doug Sayers and Nashonda Sherrod.

St. Mary’s County - Commissioner President: Republican Randy Guy and Democrat J. Howard Thompson. Commissioner District One: Republicans Eric S. Colvin and Mike Daras; and Democrat Timothy Ridgell. Commissioner District Two: Republican Michael Hewitt and Democrat Annmarie Abell. Commissioner District Three: Republican John O’Connor and Unaffiliated Clarke Guy. Treasurer: Republican Christy Kelly. State’s Attorney: Republican Richard Fritz. Circuit Court Clerk: Republican Debbie Mills Burch. Register of Wills: Republican Phyllis A. Superior. Judge of Orphans Court: Republicans Albert Babcock and Bill Mattingly. Sheriff: Republicans Tim Cameron and Tom Phelan; and Democrat Ted Belleavoine. Board of Education (non-partisan): Rita Weaver and Karin Bailey.

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