J.D. Merrill, Former School Administrator and Son-In-Law of Martin O’Malley, Launches State Senate Campaign

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J.D. Merrill, a former special assistant to the chief of staff in Baltimore City Public Schools and former city schools teacher, today launched a campaign for the State Senate in District 41.

Stretching along the outer edges of northern Baltimore to West Baltimore, the 41st is currently represented in by state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks, who is under federal indictment for taking bribes in exchange for official business. Merrill is the only candidate to file in the district thus far.

In an introduction video, Merrill points to the surging homicide rate and a “$130 million budget gap” for schools as a call for new leadership. On Twitter this afternoon, he positioned himself as a champion for education funding in light of the recent headlines about heating in city schools.

Oh, and as every reporter is obligated to mention, Merrill is the son-in-law of former Baltimore mayor, Maryland governor, and Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley. As Politico’s Kevin Robillard points out, O’Malley himself married into a well-established political family — he is the son-in-law of former Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran — before running his own campaign for office.

A family endorsement on Twitter soon followed.

Never go against the family.

Brandon Weigel

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  1. J.D Merrill is a great person and will represent Baltimore well in the State legislature. He was actively involved in other campaigns long before he met Grace O’Malley I encourage everyone in his district to meet him and make an informed decision!

    • In think it is in the best interest of American Society to break up the family dynasties. Both parties, all political persuasions, enough.!

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