Democrats will continue to hold all 32 General Assembly seats that represent Montgomery County in Annapolis, following last week’s Nov 6 election.
With all 20 incumbents reelected, the delegation, made up entirely of Democrats, will have 12 new state senators or delegates.
Republicans last represented the County when the late Del. Jean B. Cryor represented District 15 from 1993 to 2007.
Incumbents Jeff Waldstreicher (D18) and Ben Kramer (D19) will be joining the State Senate after serving terms in the House of Delegates.
Lily Qi (District 15), Sara Love (District 16), Julie Palakovich Carr (District 17), Emily Shetty and Jared Solomon (both District 18), Charlotte Crutchfield and Vaughn Stewart (both District 19), Lorig Charkudian (District 20), and Gabriel Acevero and Leslie Lopez (both District 39) all join their respective delegations as newly-elected members in the House of Delegates.
Love, who will represent Bethesda, Potomac, and southern Rockville, alongside incumbent delegates Marc Korman (D) and Ariana Kelly (D), said she is “very excited” to be joining the delegation and plans to pursue education, environment, civil rights, and civil liberties as her main priorities.
“I think we have a strong and talented pool of freshmen coming in from Montgomery this year,” said Del. David Moon (D), who will be representing District 20 for a second term after being first elected in 2014.
Moon explained that with Qi previously serving as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for outgoing County Executive Ike Leggett (D), Acevero’s labor-union experience and Charkoudian’s advocacy on criminal justice and food-accessibility issues, many of the new delegates are taking office with prior policy and political backgrounds.
“A lot of these folks are coming in with a set of knowledge skills and will certainly bring them into the process,” he said.
Moon added that committee assignments are hard to predict, but noted that Waldstreicher, Kramer, Del. Bill Frick (D-District 16) and Charles Barkley (D-District 39), the four delegates representing the County on the Economic Matters Committee, will leave office after January’s inauguration.
Frick lost the primary election for County Executive, while Barkley mounted an unsuccessful primary run for an at-large seat on the County Council.
Moon said he expects tax cuts, education funding, healthcare reform, clean energy, and numerous criminal justice issues to be the likely topics for the 2019 legislative session.
The Maryland General Assembly will be sworn in Jan. 9, 2019.