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Mathias Files for Md. Senate

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Delegate James N. Mathias Jr. is shown at the Maryland State Board of Elections office, where he filed paperwork to run for the Maryland Senate in District 38. Delegate James N. Mathias Jr. is shown at the Maryland State Board of Elections office, where he filed paperwork to run for the Maryland Senate in District 38.

ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Delegate James N. Mathias Jr. has filed paperwork to run as a Democratic candidate for the Maryland Senate in District 38, which includes all of Somerset and Worcester counties and parts of Wicomico County.
 
"Our government's top priority must be keeping our communities safe. I worked across party lines to give prosecutors and police officers stronger tools to fight gang violence, and to crack down on sexual predators who prey on our children," Mathias said. "I stood up to those in my own party who wanted to repeal the death penalty, because I believe the most heinous crimes deserve the ultimate penalty."
 
Mathias has served in the Maryland House of Delegates since June 12, 2006, when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late Delegate Bennett Bozman. Mathias, whose district includes Worcester and Wicomico counties, describes himself as "a law-and-order legislator, who works with members of both parties to put public safety first." He also considers himself a strong fiscal conservative.
 
"Fiscal conservativism starts at home. I gave back 10 days of pay this year to help the state close its budget gap, I cut spending in my own office, and I voted to block legislative pay raises," Mathias said. 
 
Mathias and his wife Kathy have been married for 32 years, and they have two children - Lauren, 28, and Trevor, 19. Mathias previously served as mayor of Ocean City, as chair of the Worcester County Ambulance Service Committee, and as a member of the Ocean City Police Commission. He is a life member and former chaplain of the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company, and a member of various organizations, including the Elks and the Knights of Columbus. He worships at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Parish.
 
Mathias added that a formal announcement and campaign kickoff events will be held in the coming weeks.

Ocean City hotelier Michael James announced in March that he is running as a Republican candidate for the District 38 seat.  

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