Gov. Martin O’Malley will visit Aberdeen next week as part of the kick-off of his re-election campaign, three weeks to the day after his opponent Bob Ehrlich stopped in Bel Air.
O’Malley will speak at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 29 in Aberdeen Festival Park at 60 N. Parke Street in Aberdeen.
Before an audience of 250 earlier this month, Ehrlich called Harford an “essential county” in this year’s gubernatorial election, and said he believed he would need between 76 and 78 percent of the county’s votes in November.
O’Malley won’t be the only one ramping up their campaign, as the field for several local races has finally filled out in recent weeks:
–The Register of Wills race continues to grow with the filing of White Hall Republican Michael S. Birch. Birch jumps into the fray against Republican candidates Derek Hopkins of Pylesville, Robert Preston of Bel Air, Bill Schilling of Forest Hill and Merrie Street of Bel Air.
–Incumbent Republican state Sen. Barry Glassman has filed for office in District 35, to return to the seat to which he was appointed mid-term when Sen. Bob Hooper died.
–Incumbent Republican Del. Rick Impallaria of Joppa has filed for reelection in District 7. He faces opposition in the primary election from Jim Berndt of Baltimore and John Cromwell of Kingsville, both Republicans.
–Also in District 7, Democrat Rebecca Weir Nelson of Abingdon has filed to enter the race. She is currently the only Democrat who has filed for the seat.
–Incumbent Democratic Del. B. Dan Riley of Edgewood has filed for reelection in District 34A. Riley joins Democrat Marla Posey-Moss of Aberdeen and Republicans Glen Glass of Aberdeen, Patrick McGrady of Aberdeen, and John M. Paff Jr. of Abingdon as those who have filed to run for the district’s two seats.
–Incumbent Republican Del. Wayne Norman has filed to return to the District 35A seat to which he was appointed upon Glassman’s ascension to the state senate. Norman already faces primary election opposition from Republicans Jason Gallion of Churchville and Dave Tritt of Bel Air. Democrats Joseph Gutierrez of Jarrettsville and John Jones of Bel Air have also filed their candidacy for the two District 35A seats.
–Frequent Democratic candidate Jack T. Feldman of Bel Air has filed his candidacy for the Harford County Council District C seat. He faces no competition in the primary presently and seeks to unseat Republican Councilman Jim McMahan, who has already filed for reelection.
–Former gubernatorial candidate Ellen Sauerbrey will deliver the keynote address at a breakfast fundraiser for state senate candidate Al Redmer Jr., scheduled for Thursday, April 29, at 7:30 a.m. at the Mountain Branch Gold Club in Joppa. Tickets are $125 per person and the public is invited.
Redmer is a candidate for the 7th District seat of state Sen. Andy Harris, who is challenging Frank Kratovil for the U.S. House of Representatives 1st District seat. Sauerbrey is the chair of Harris’ Congressional campaign.
–For that campaign, Harris has raised $324,382 in the first quarter of this year, according to his campaign. The amount brings Harris’ total amount raised for the 2010 election cycle to nearly $1.1 million.
“I am honored that so many people believe in my record of fiscal responsibility,” Harris said in a statement. “This campaign is about strengthening our economy, creating jobs for struggling Marylanders, and restoring fiscal responsibility in Washington. The tremendous support I continue to receive is critical to our success.”
–One more bit of Harris news: he will hold a day-long bus tour across the 1st District on Friday, April 23 beginning at 8 a.m. Details on the planned stops are available at Harris’ Web site.
–District 34 candidate Patrick McGrady will hold a wine tasting fundraiser on Saturday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Felix Vineyard and Winery in Havre de Grace.