Though his candidacy had been rumored for a while, Del. Reid J. Novotny (R-Howard) made it official Tuesday: In an electronic mail to supporters, he introduced that he plans to problem Sen. Katie Fry Hester (D) in November.
Novotny forged his determination to run as a protest towards Democratic gerrymandering.
“It mustn’t shock a single voter that the Majority Occasion has Gerrymandered the district I at present characterize to maintain the incumbent Democrat Senator,” Novotny wrote in his electronic mail. “This isn’t simply my opinion; it’s a extensively held truth.”
Underneath the Common Meeting’s proposed legislative district map, which lawmakers will contemplate over the subsequent few weeks, District 9, which at present consists of roughly the northwestern half of Howard County and a part of southern Carroll County, would lose Carroll County and as a substitute embody a part of northern Montgomery County, doubtlessly shoring up Hester’s bid for a second time period.
Hester, who shall be one of the crucial focused Democrats within the legislature this election cycle, upset then-Sen. Gail H. Bates (R) within the 2018 basic election by simply 1.7 factors. Earlier within the yr, Bates fended off a main problem from Novotny by virtually 8 factors. Novotny, a navy veteran and cybersecurity entrepreneur, was appointed to the District 9A Home seat a yr in the past.
“This election in November of 2022 shall be a transparent selection for the voters of District 9,” he informed his supporters in his marketing campaign electronic mail. “They’ll select the established order which is able to result in additional lock downs, digital education, demoralizing police whereas being mushy on criminals, with out-of-control spending or the exact opposite. I recommend all of us take a brand new path.”
In a press release supplied to Maryland Issues, Hester didn’t instantly handle Novotny’s problem, however stated, “For the final three years, I’ve had the distinction of serving my constituents within the Maryland Senate. Collectively, we’ve got introduced crucial care to households and companies combating COVID, expanded entry to schooling, and fought to make our communities safer, our surroundings cleaner, and our techniques fairer and extra equitable to extra Marylanders. I’m proper now targeted on the upcoming legislative session, and combating for my constituents on the crucial points dealing with our communities.”
By means of final January, Hester reported $112,598 in her marketing campaign account. Novotny on the time had $13,526, however he had simply been appointed to the Home seat. New marketing campaign finance experiences displaying fundraising and spending exercise between mid-January of 2021 and Wednesday are because of be filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections on Jan. 19.
Meet Workforce Neuman
Former Anne Arundel County govt Laura Neuman entered the Democratic race for governor with a bang Monday, releasing a robust biographical video that outlined her stormy youth and rise to success in politics and the enterprise world.
That advert was produced by Left Hook Technique, a nationwide media agency that has been retained as Neuman’s media guide. The marketing campaign has launched the names of a number of people and consulting companies which might be working to get Neuman via the June 28 main.
Left Hook’s companions Rachel Ostendorf, Justin Barasky, and Raghu Devaguptapu are main media technique for the marketing campaign. Left Hook helped Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly flip a Republican-held seat in 2020, and nearer to residence guided Baltimore County Government John A. Olszewski Jr. (D) via his main. Barasky served because the 2018 marketing campaign supervisor for Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) and was a senior adviser for the Democratic Senatorial Marketing campaign Committee in 2020. Devaguptapu has greater than twenty years of marketing campaign expertise, together with operating unbiased expenditures for the Democratic Governors Affiliation.
Takoma Park-based Victoria Analysis is dealing with polling for the Neuman marketing campaign. Donna Victoria labored for Montgomery County Government Marc B. Elrich (D) throughout his seven-way main in 2018, and polled for now-state Treasurer Dereck E. Davis (D) and the Maryland Home Democratic Caucus.
Wildfire Contact is overseeing the marketing campaign’s junk mail and voter contact packages. Associate Emily Parcell has spent greater than 20 years engaged on campaigns. Her resume consists of serving as President Obama’s Iowa Caucus political director and as a senior adviser for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential marketing campaign. Managing Director Tia Nearmyer labored for a number of campaigns throughout the nation, together with for then-Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) and his marketing campaign for governor, earlier than becoming a member of the agency.
Break One thing is operating digital fundraising for the marketing campaign, led by Eric Goldman, the marketing campaign supervisor for Gretchen Whitmer’s profitable 2018 marketing campaign for governor of Michigan.
Kelly Roberts is serving because the marketing campaign supervisor for Neuman. Roberts managed Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Cartwright’s 2020 re-election, outperforming President Biden by 8% and turning into one of many solely Home Democrats to carry a seat in a Trump district. She beforehand labored for Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris’ presidential campaigns, spent a lot of years working for the Democratic Nationwide Committee, and served as senior workers on Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s 2018 marketing campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner.
Dueling endorsements in CD-4
Two of the Democrats looking for to exchange Brown within the 4th District congressional seat rolled out a number of endorsements Tuesday.
Del. Jazz M. Lewis (D-Prince George’s) introduced that 42 current and former elected officials have endorsed him — many inside the congressional district together with leaders from across the state. The listing consists of former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; former Maryland Democratic Chair Susan W. Turnbull; former Maryland Secretary of Getting older Gloria Lawlah, who’s a former Prince George’s County senator; Anne Arundel County Council Chair Lisa Rodvien; 4 state senators, together with Ronald L. Watson of Prince George’s; 15 state delegates, together with Benjamin Barnes, Geraldine Valentino-Smith and Faye Martin Howell of Prince George’s; 11 mayors and councilmembers of Prince George’s municipalities; Prince George’s Clerk of Courts Mahasin El Amin; and two members of the Prince George’s Board of Training, Shayla Adams Stafford and Pamela Boozer-Strother.
“Our marketing campaign is modeling the kind of inclusive, progressive coalition wanted to win this election and lead on points that have an effect on this district in Congress,” Lewis stated in a press release. “I’m grateful that so many leaders in our neighborhood share our imaginative and prescient and our conviction to create a world the place we don’t cross systemic inequities on to the subsequent era. We’re on monitor to not solely win on election day, but in addition construct a motion that may carry the folks’s voice to Capitol Hill.”
One in all Lewis’ Democratic main opponents, former Prince George’s County State’s Lawyer Glenn F. Ivey countered with endorsements from 4 Prince George’s county councilmembers — Tom Dernoga, Mel Franklin, Rodney Streeter and Jolene Ivey, the candidate’s spouse — together with Councilmember-elect Edward Burroughs.
“Now greater than ever, it’s essential that our federal representatives have sturdy relationships with our native elected officers,” Glenn Ivey stated. “These leaders know that they will depend on me to work with the President, our County Executives, and County Councils throughout the area to make sure we get the assets we have to get via this pandemic.”
Former Del. Angela Angel (D-Prince George’s) can be competing within the congressional main. The district as drawn by the congressional map the legislature adopted final month takes in additional than half of Prince George’s County together with items of Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties.
For whom the bell Toles
Talking of Prince George’s, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) on Tuesday appointed former County Councilmember Karen R. Toles to a Home seat in District 25. She was nominated by the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee after being endorsed by the district’s senator, Melony G. Griffith (D) for the emptiness left by the departure of Dereck E. Davis to grow to be state treasurer.
“I’m assured that Ms. Toles will characterize the residents of Prince George’s County properly in her new function as delegate,” Hogan stated in a press release.
Toles served on the council from 2010 to 2018. She is at present the director of neighborhood affairs, in addition to legislative affairs adviser, for Prince George’s County State’s Lawyer Aisha N. Braveboy (D), who beforehand represented District 25 within the Home. She additionally has a coverage consulting enterprise, Paramount Coverage Companions, LLC.
With Toles’ appointment, the legislature now has a full complement of 188 members.
Slater’s new gig
Former Maryland Transportation secretary Greg Slater has a brand new gig.
Someday after he formally left the Maryland Division of Transportation, the Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority (THEA), an unbiased state company in Florida, introduced that Slater has come aboard as its new govt director and CEO.
He’ll begin on Feb. 1.
Slater’s transfer ends the Maryland chapter for the profession of one in every of Hogan’s most high-profile cupboard members. His determination to go away MDOT, after greater than 20 years there, took observers abruptly. He was serving to to shepherd a number of large tasks — together with the growth of the Howard Avenue Tunnel, the completion of the beleaguered Purple Line, and the Interstate 495/I-270 toll-lanes proposal — for a governor who nonetheless has a yr remaining in workplace.
Slater was immensely popular with state lawmakers and local leaders, even those that clashed with Hogan on transportation coverage. Officers regarded him as considerate, collaborative and responsive.
Though he may have a a lot smaller portfolio in Florida, Slater’s transfer will put him in shut contact with corporations working to develop autonomous autos.
In a press release, Slater stated: “THEA is a company recognized for its monetary power and neighborhood involvement and is thought in worldwide circles for its dedication to the ACES (Automated, Linked, Electrical, and Shared) applied sciences that may construct a basis for the subsequent era of transportation.” He didn’t reply to a request for touch upon his departure from Maryland.
“His dedication to clients, his management and imaginative and prescient, and his drive to search out artistic options will assist THEA put together for the longer term,” stated Vincent J. Cassidy, the company’s chair. “As our area appears to be like for modern transportation options to handle the wants of our rising inhabitants, we shall be lucky to have a frontrunner of Greg’s caliber, mind, and expertise on the group driving change.”
Hogan has tapped James F. Ports Jr., who has served as govt director of the Maryland Transportation Authority, to function Slater’s alternative, pending state Senate affirmation. William Pines, MDTA’s chief engineer, strikes as much as take Ports’ previous job.