A flurry of 11th hour filings before the 9 p.m. deadline on Tuesday complicated races for some Harford County candidates, while confirming likely paths to re-election for others.
When the dust settled after a final rally of late candidate filings, the hotly contested races for the Districts 7 and 34A delegation seats, Republican Central Committee, and Board of Education had grown, while several key races remained uncontested.
Democrats failed to file candidates for county executive, county council president, county council Districts B, D, and E, State’s Attorney, and Clerk of the Court – 7 offices in all – but still have time left to find someone from their party willing to fill the empty spots on the ballot.
The Democratic and Republican Central Committees still have until 5 p.m. on Wednesdy, July 21 to file a Certificate of Designation and Certificate of Candidacy for Designee – completing a process whereby a central committee may submit a candidate for an uncontested race.
The deadline for a candidate to withdrawl from a race is Friday, July 16 at 5 p.m.
Tuesday’s filing deadline brought some late surprises to the 2010 Primary Election, including Republican Havre de Grace City Councilman Randy Craig (son of county executive David Craig) for House of Delegates District 34A; Democratic Bel Air lawyer John Janowich for House of Delegates District 35B; and several more candidates joining the handful already running for the much sought after Register of Wills position.
The most populated race by far of 2010 is the contest for the dozen seats on the Republican Central Committee, for which a total of 37 candidates have filed. On the other side of the ballot, 16 candidates, 8 men and 8 women, filed for the 10 Democratic Central Committee positions, which are separated into 5 men and 5 women.
John Bowers, campaign manager for deceased county executive candidate Steve Wright, did not file for the same office despite claims he would run as an unaffiliated candidate. The county executive’s race did pick up a declaration of intent from Constitution Party candidate Mark Fisher, however.
All 7 members of the Harford County Council, including council president Billy Boniface, are seeking re-election, although Boniface, Dick Slutzky, and Mary Ann Lisanti face no Primary Election opposition and Boniface and Slutzky face no opposition whatsoever.
In the state house races, Sen. Barry Glassman has no Republican Primary Election challenger nor any Democratic General Election competition. Conversely, the race for the 3 District 7 delegation seats has attracted 13 candidates, including incumbent Republican Dels. Rick Impallaria and Pat McDonough.
The Harford County Board of Education District A race drew 4 candidates, while the District B and District D races each have 5 candidates.