First, a quick word about Delegate Frank Turner (D-13), who recently announced his intention to not seek re-election to Maryland’s General Assembly in 2018.
Back in 2011, I wrote a couple of op-eds in support of two year terms for the House of Delegates that were published in some local papers. Two can be found here and here.
As part of my lobbying efforts, I contacted dozens of state legislators, including Delegate Turner. We spoke on the phone for perhaps 20 minutes or so. While my reasoning was clearly impeccable and my position unassailable from a good governance point of view, he, like many others in the Assembly, had a differing perspective. That said, he was very generous with his time, he defended his stance capably, and he offered up a suggestion or two that demonstrated both his attentiveness to my concerns as well as his thoughtful reflections on the matter. While I could not sway him (or many of his colleagues), I respected how he handled the issue. He was, and is, a serious player. District 13 will lose his voice in Annapolis, which is why…moving to the second point of today’s post…
I was elated to read that Howard County Councilperson Jen Terrasa will be entering the race for the now-open seat. She would be an excellent Delegate and an effective advocate for Howard County interests. She showed true mettle in the recent tax increment financing (TIF) debate where she demonstrated her commitment to putting “people over profits” if you don’t mind the old chestnut.
Finally, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, citing “personal considerations,” “suspended” (read: ended) her campaign for Governor. A pity. I would have liked to have seen what an MRC candidacy firing on all cylinders might have accomplished. She attracted some institutional support (from Emily’s List, most notably) and I believe she would have emerged as a top-flight contender. As it is, she would be an extremely formidable congressional candidate. Just saying. So now I am down to three gubernatorial possibilities: Jealous, Madaleno, and Vignarajah (in alphabetical order, for those who wonder about such things).
Which reminds me, no thanks Mr. Shea. I am not interested in the LG spot on your ticket. But there is someone you can call, as long as you do it collect, his name is Slats MacCune…