Political Notes: Novotny v. Hester, Neuman’s Team, Dueling Endorsements in CD-4 and More

Del Reed Nowotny (R Howard). Photography by Danielle E. Gaines.

Despite rumors about his nomination for some time, Del Reed J. Nowotny (R-Howard) made it official on Tuesday: In an email to his supporters, he announced that he plans to challenge Senator Katie Fry-Hester (D-D) in November.

Nowotny described his decision to run as a protest against Democratic manipulation of electoral districts.

“Not a single voter should be shocked that the majority party has divided the electoral districts into the district I currently represent to keep the current Democratic senator,” Nowotny wrote in his email. “This is not just my opinion; it is a widely held fact.”

Under the legislative district’s proposed General Assembly map, which lawmakers will consider over the next few weeks, District 9, which currently includes roughly the northwest half of Howard County and part of South Carroll County, would lose Carroll County and would instead include part of northern Montgomery County, Likely to support Hester’s bid for a second term.

Hester, who would be one of the most targeted Democrats in the legislature this election cycle, rattled the then-senator. Jill H. Bates (right) in the 2018 general election by just 1.7 points. Earlier in the year, Bates tackled Nowotny’s primary challenge by about 8 points. Nowotny, a military veteran and cybersecurity entrepreneur, was appointed to the District 9A House seat a year ago.

“This election in November 2022 will be a clear choice for District 9 voters,” he told supporters in his campaign email. “They can choose the status quo that will lead to more shutdowns, virtual education, and demoralizing police while they deal with offending criminals, with out-of-control spending or just the opposite. I suggest we all take a new direction.”

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State Senator Katie Fry Hester (Democrat Howard)

In a statement provided to the Maryland Matters, Hester did not directly address the Nowotny challenge, but said, “For the past three years, I have had the privilege to serve my constituents in the Maryland Senate. Together, we’ve provided critical care to families and businesses battling COVID, and expanded access to education, and we have fought to make our communities safer, our environment cleaner, and our systems fairer and more equitable for more Marylanders. Now I’m focused on the upcoming legislative session, fighting for my constituents on critical issues facing our communities.”

During the month of January, Hester reported $112,598 in her campaign account. Nowotny at the time had earned $13,526, but he had just been appointed to the House seat. New campaign finance reports showing fundraising and spending activity between mid-January 2021 and Wednesday are due to be submitted to the Maryland State Board of Elections on Jan. 19.

Meet Team Neumann

Laura Newman, the former Anne Arundel County executive, entered the Democratic race for governor with fanfare Monday, releasing a powerful autobiographical video detailing her turbulent youth and rise to success in politics and business.

This ad was produced by Left Hook Strategy, a national media company retained as Neuman’s media advisor. The campaign released the names of several individuals and consulting firms working to acquire Newman during the June 28 primary.

Left Hook partners Rachel Ostendorf, Justin Parasky and Raghu Devaguptapu drive the campaign’s media strategy. Left Hook helped Arizona Senator Mark Kelly Flip a Republican-controlled seat in 2020, get close to home, and John A. Parasky served as the 2018 campaign manager for Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D) and was a senior advisor to the Democratic Senate campaign committee in 2020. Devaguptapu has more than two decades of campaign experience, including independent expense management for the Democratic Governors Association.

Tacoma Park-based Victoria Research is taking the ballot for the Newman campaign. Donna Victoria worked for Montgomery County Executive Mark B. Ellrich (D) during the seven primaries in 2018, and surveyed state Treasurer Derek E. Davis (D) and the Democratic caucus of Maryland House.

Wildfire Contact oversees campaign direct mail and voter communication programs. Partner Emily Parcelle has spent over 20 years working on campaigns. Her resume includes serving as the Iowa Caucus Political Director for President Obama and as a senior advisor to the presidential campaign of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Managing Director Tia Niermeyer worked on numerous campaigns across the country, including as a lieutenant at the time. Governor Anthony J. Brown (Democrat) and his campaign for Governor, before joining the Company.

Break Something is raising digital donations for the campaign, led by Eric Goldman, campaign manager for the successful 2018 Gretchen Whitmer campaign for Michigan governor.

Kelly Roberts He is the Newman campaign manager. Roberts He ran the 2020 re-election of Pennsylvania Representative Matt Cartwright, outperforming President Biden by 8% and becoming one of the only Democratic members of the House of Representatives to hold a seat in a Trump district. She previously served on the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris, spent several years working on the Democratic National Committee, and served as a senior staff member on Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s 2018 campaign to remove incumbent President Bruce Rohner.

Fencing Approvals on CD-4

Two Democrats seeking to replace Brown in the fourth district congressional seat offered several assurances on Tuesday.

announced by Del. Jazz M. Lewis (D-Prince George’s) reported that 42 current and former elected officials have endorsed him—many within the congressional district along with leaders from across the state. The list includes former First Lieutenant Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. former Democratic President of Maryland Susan W. Turnbull; Former Secretary of Aging Maryland Gloria Lola, a former Senator from Prince George’s County; Ann Arundel, Lisa Rodvian County Council Chairperson; Four senators, including Ronald L. Watson of Prince George; 15 delegates from the states, including Benjamin Barnes, Geraldine Valentino Smith, and Faye Martin Howell of Prince George; 11 Mayor and member of Prince George’s Municipal Council; – Clerk of the Courts of Prince George Mahasin Al-Amin. and two members of Prince George’s Education Council, Sheila Adams Stafford and Pamela Bowser Strother.

“Our campaign is a model of the inclusive and progressive coalition needed to win this election and lead the issues in Congress that affect this region,” Lewis said in a statement. “I am grateful that so many leaders in our community share our vision and convictions to create a world in which we do not pass on systemic injustice to the next generation. We are on the right path to not only winning on Election Day, but also building a movement that brings the people’s voice to Capitol Hill.”

One of Lewis’s main Democratic opponents, former Prince George’s County state attorney Glenn F. Ivey, faced endorsements from four members of Prince George’s County Council — Tom Dernoga, Mel Franklin, Rodney Streeter, and Joleen Ivey, the candidate’s wife — along with the elected councilman. Edward Burrows.

“Now more than ever, it is important for our federal representatives to have strong relationships with our local elected officials,” Glenn Ivy He said. “These leaders know they can count on me to work with the president, county executives, and county councils across the region to ensure we have the resources we need to get through this pandemic.”

Ex-Dele Angela Angel (De Prince George) is also running in the congressional primaries. The area drawn by the congressional map adopted by the legislature last month accounts for more than half of Prince George’s County along with sections of Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties.

Whose bell tools

Speaking of Prince George, Governor Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (right) on Tuesday appointed former District Councilwoman Karen R. District Senator, Meloni J. Griffiths (D) for the vacancy left by the departure of Derek E. Davis as state treasurer.

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Incoming Dale Karen R. Toles (De Prince George).

“I am confident that Ms. Tulles will well represent the citizens of Prince George’s County in her new role as delegate,” Hogan said in a statement.

Tulles served on the board from 2010 to 2018. She is currently the director of community affairs, as well as legislative affairs advisor to Prince George’s County District Attorney Aisha N. She also has a political consulting firm, Paramount Policy Partners, LLC.

With the appointment of Tullis, the legislature now has a full set of 188 members.

Slater’s new party

Former Maryland Secretary of Transportation Greg Slater is having a new party.

A day after he officially left the Maryland Department of Transportation, the Tampa Hillsborough County Highway Authority (THEA), an independent Florida government agency, announced that Slater has joined his position as the new CEO and CEO.

It will start on February 1.

Slater’s move ends Maryland’s segregation in the career of one of Hogan’s most famous cabinet members. His decision to leave MDOT, after more than 20 years there, surprised observers. He was helping to sponsor several massive projects—including the expansion of the Howard Street Tunnel, the completion of the embattled Purple Line, and the proposal of Interstate 495/I-270 lanes—for the governor who still had a year left in office.

Slater was very popular with state legislators and local leaders, even those who clashed with Hogan over transportation policy. Officials deemed him thoughtful, cooperative, and responsive.

Although he will have a much smaller portfolio in Florida, Slater’s move will put him in close contact with companies developing autonomous cars.

In a statement, Slater said: “THEA is an organization known for its financial strength and community involvement and known in international circles for its dedication to ACES (Automated, Connected, Electric and Shared) technologies that will fundamentally build the next generation of transportation.” He did not respond to a request for comment on his departure from Maryland.

Vincent J. said: Cassidy, Agency President: “His commitment to clients, his leadership and vision, and his drive to find creative solutions will help THEA prepare for the future.” “As our region searches for innovative transportation solutions to meet the needs of our growing population, we will be fortunate to have a leader of Greg’s caliber, intellect and experience on the team driving change.”

Hogan has appointed James F. Ports, Jr., who served as the executive director of the Maryland Transportation Authority, to be Slater’s replacement, pending confirmation by the state Senate. William Pines, MDTA’s chief engineer, moves in to take on the Old Ports job.

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