A rundown of who’s running for what in this year’s Baltimore-area elections

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With Maryland’s election-filing deadline now in the wind, the fields are officially set for Baltimore’s local and state primary races.

Baltimore City State’s Attorney

Incumbent State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and challenger Thiru Vignarajah both filed their paperwork on Tuesday, the deadline for anyone hoping to run in the primary this June. (The Sun’s Justin Fenton captured some pleasantries exchanged between the two.) Mosby’s other challenger, local defense attorney Ivan Bates, submitted his paperwork one day earlier.

Sheriff of Baltimore City

While Baltimore already has a new top cop, the city’s other highest-ranking policing job will be filled in an election this year. Stanley Brandford, who holds the rank of chief in the Baltimore Police Department, has been campaigning for months. He was the last of three candidates to file in the election for sheriff on Tuesday. He’s running against incumbent Sheriff John Anderson in the primary. Republican David Wiggins, who ran in 2010 and 2014, has also filed to run, and will be set to appear opposite the winner on the ballot in November.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Clerk

If it’s any sign of how coveted the position of circuit court clerk is, 11 Democrats have filed to run for the office, which is entrusted with managing records and notes from court proceedings, providing copies to court-sealed documents and other duties. Here’s a full list: William Allen, Marilyn Bentley, Valerie Cunningham, Lenora Dawson, Shanai Dunmore, Hassan Giordano, Narine Hoffman, Rodney “Faraj” Leach, Anika Middleton, Kevin W. Parson and Danny Smith.

County Executives

County executive races have also taken shape in the jurisdictions surrounding Baltimore.

  • In Baltimore County, Republican Del. Pat McDonough and fellow GOP candidate Al Redmer are running against state Sen. Jim Brochin, County Councilwoman Vicki Almond, former Del. John Olszewski Jr., Carney native Kevin Marron and write-in candidate Tony Solesky. The incumbent, Kevin Kamenetz, is running for governor and has maxed out his two-term limit.
  • In Anne Arundel County, incumbent Republican County Executive Steve Schuh will face Steuart Pittman, a Democrat who lives in Davidsonville and runs the equestrian Dodon Farm Training Center.
  • In Harford County, Barry Glassman, the GOP incumbent, will face same-party competitor Mike Perrone Jr. in the primary and Democrat Maryann Forgan in the general election.
  • And in Howard County, a heated race is expected with Republican Executive Allan Kittleman taking on the winner of the Democratic primary race between Howard County Council President Calvin Ball and competitor Harry Dunbar.

Baltimore City Senators and Delegates

At the state level, Baltimore’s six legislative districts have produced a swarm of candidates seeking to claim those three seats per district in Annapolis.

On the House of Delegates side:

  • Thirteen Democrats have filed election papers in District 40, including incumbent Dels. Nick Mosby and Frank Conaway Jr.
  • Eleven Democrats are running in District 41, including all three current officeholders.
  • Ten Dems are chasing seats in District 43, including incumbent Dels. Curt Anderson and Maggie McIntosh.
  • A whopping 15 candidates, including two Republicans, are running in District 45. Current Dels. Talmadge Branch and Cheryl Glenn are among that group.
  • Seven candidates are running in District 46, including all three current officeholders.
  • An exception: Del. Keith Haynes is running unopposed in District 44A, after would-be challenger Destinee Parker withdrew her paperwork yesterday.

And on the higher-stakes Senate side, where one candidate represents each district:

  • In District 40, current Del. Antonio Hayes is campaigning to unseat Barbara Robinson, who was appointed to fill the senate seat in late 2016 after its former occupant, Catherine Pugh, was elected mayor of Baltimore.
  • In District 41, federally indicted and politically de-fanged state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks hasn’t let legal troubles stop him from running for re-election, even as he’s set to head to a trial for allegedly accepting bribes. Jill Carter, who currently leads Baltimore’s Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement, and J.D. Merrill, a former school administrator and ex-Gov. Martin O’Malley’s son-in-law, are running to replace him.
  • In District 43, current Del. Mary Washington is competing with incumbent Sen. Joan Carter Conway.
  • In District 45, Del. Cory McCray is running against incumbent Sen. Nathaniel McFadden.
  • And in District 46, Republican Christine Digman will be facing state Sen. Bill Ferguson, who’s held his seat since 2011. Unless she withdraws, they should both be on the general election ballot in November.


The gubernatorial field is also set, with all eight Democratic candidates, plus Gov. Larry Hogan, having filed their paperwork by the deadline yesterday. Krish Vignarajah was the final Dem to file–and announce a running mate–yesterday.

Voters will pick their party candidates in the primaries on June 26, and decide who ultimately takes office on Nov. 6. The State Board of Elections has more information on each and every candidate here.

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