Two incumbents, one newcomer are Democratic ticket for District 19 seats -- Gazette.Net


Maricé Morales said she feels “blessed and honored” to be part of the Democratic team for District 19 delegate seats.

Morales, a political newcomer, is on the Democratic ticket with incumbents Benjamin F. Kramer of Wheaton and Bonnie Cullison of Aspen Hill.

Martha Schaerr of Silver Spring is the only Republican challenger. Three of the four candidates will win seats in the Nov. 4 general election.

“We ran a very aggressive and very energetic campaign,” Morales said of the people who helped with her candidacy. “We ran next to very great qualified candidates.”

Morales said she hopes to advocate for workers’ rights, better education and immigration reform, among other topics.

Starting in August, Morales, of Silver Spring, will be a prevailing wage investigator for IBEW Local 26, an electricians’ union.

She was a special assistant to Sen. Roger Manno, who was unopposed in the June 24 primary.

Manno, of Silver Spring, will face Republican candidate Felix Ed Gonzalez II of Rockville in the general election.

Kramer received 8,033 votes, or 28.5 percent, including ballots cast on primary day, early votes, and absentee and provisional ballots that have been counted. Results are unofficial.

Cullison was next with 6,151 votes, or 21.8 percent.

Of the other challengers, Morales led with 4,801 votes, or 17.0 percent.

Charlotte Crutchfield of Silver Spring was next with 4,427 votes, or 15.7 percent, then Paul Bardack of Silver Spring, with 3,607 votes, or 12.8 percent.

Melodye A. Berry’s name also was on the ballot, but she dropped out of the race several weeks ago to support Crutchfield.

Del. Sam Arora of Silver Spring did not run for re-election.

District 19 includes all or parts of Aspen Hill, Glenmont and Silver Spring.

Running unopposed in the Republican primary, Schaerr received 1,610 votes.

“I am looking forward to the campaign,” she said. “I want to offer a voice to balance. ... I think having a one-party state is not a good balance.”

Cullison said the Democratic primary was a good, hard-fought race.

“It really required to reach out to voters to get our message across. ... We had three highly qualified newcomers,” she said, calling for the Democratic team to come together and work as a team.

Cullison said the expertise she, Kramer, Morales and Manno has makes for a “perfect combination of people.”

Cullison has a background in education and serves on the House Health and Government Operations Committee. She wants to continue a progressive agenda, but acknowledges that there’s still a general election and “we have to recognize and respect that.”

Kramer, a delegate since 2007, led the implementation of Silver Alerts, which are public notices when someone with a cognitive impairment is missing, to help police find the person. He wants to get back to work on various topics.

“I am hoping to team up with our new attorney general. ... He and I worked with some legislation this last session,” Kramer said, referring to Democratic nominee Brian Frosh, who will face Republican Jeffrey N. Pritzker in November.

Kramer said he plans to revisit animal welfare issues, continue his fight against exploitation of senior citizens, and work on measures to improve energy efficiency in Maryland.