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Six Maryland State Legislators Seek to Fill Rep. John Sarbanes 3rd Congressional District Seat

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As U.S. Representative John Sarbanes (D) prepares to conclude his nine-term tenure, the race to succeed him has captured the attention of Maryland State Legislators. Six Democratic lawmakers have thrown their hats into the ring for the coveted seat, each vying to represent the district covering Howard and Anne Arundel counties, along with a sliver of Carroll County. None of the legislators are required to give up their legislative seat to run for Congress.

The Current Candidates:

Del. Vanessa Atterbeary (D-Howard): Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Atterbeary has a track record of advocating for social justice and community empowerment. Her experience and leadership positions her as a strong candidate.

Del. Mark Chang (D-Anne Arundel): Chang’s legislative portfolio is marked by a commitment to economic development and environmental sustainability. Chang's focus on these critical issues may distinguish him in a field of contenders with diverse strengths.

Sen. Sarah Elfreth (D-Anne Arundel): Elfreth has established herself as a formidable force in Maryland politics. Her advocacy for education and healthcare, coupled with a reputation for bipartisan collaboration, positions her as a compelling candidate with a broad appeal to voters.

Del. Terri Hill (D-Howard): With a background in medicine, Hill brings a unique perspective to the race. Her focus on healthcare reform and public health issues may resonate strongly, especially in the wake of recent global events.

Sen. Clarence Lam (D-Howard): Lam has a history of advocating for public health and environmental sustainability. His emphasis on evidence-based policymaking and community engagement could set him apart in this race.

Del. Mike Rogers (D-Anne Arundel): Rogers’ focus on economic development and infrastructure, as well as his background in the military, make him a unique candidate that may resonate with voters looking for someone strong on these issues.

As the race for Rep. Sarbanes' seat unfolds, union members in Howard, Anne Arundel, and Carroll counties will play a pivotal role in determining the future representation of their congressional district. With multiple contenders, each offering a unique set of skills, experiences, and policy priorities, the campaign season in the lead-up to the May 14, 2024 Primary Election will be exciting. Stay tuned for further developments and insights as these candidates vie for the opportunity to serve their constituents.

Article by AFT-Maryland staff

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