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Meet Your 37B Candidates


 MARYLAND - For over 10 years, the 37B delegates in Maryland's legislature have been household names in Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, and Wicomico.  Those two seats were held by Delegates Addie Eckardt and Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio.  Eckardt is now running for the district 37 senate seat, and Haddaway-Riccio is running for lieutenant governor alongside David Craig.

It's a hotly contested seat.  On the republican side alone, you have five candidates to choose from.  WBOC caught up with the candidates at a League of Women Voters forum at Easton high school.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Allen Nelson from Dorchester County says he wants to bring experience to Annapolis.  "I have 45 years of business and public service that I would like to leverage and work for the people of the Eastern Shore.  I have experience working with the general assembly. I'd like to leverage that know how, that experience and work for the farmers, the watermen, and the small business people of the Eastern Shore of Maryland," said Nelson.

 Christopher Adams from Wicomico County says he has seen first hand the problems in Annapolis as a small business owner.

"I came to understand there are a lot of lawyers, a lot of professional politicians, but not a lot of common sense.  So me having 20 years of business experience, I want to bring that to Annapolis and I would tell you there are probably only a handful of delegates and senators who have that kind of background," said Adams.

Dr. Rene Desmarais from Dorchester says he's the right man for the job due to his experience as a doctor when it comes to healthcare laws.

"I am the only physician running for the Maryland General Assembly from the Eastern Shore.  I have healthcare policy experience as well as healthcare experience in the real world.  I am also a biology major from Johns Hopkins as an undergrad so I think I'm best suited to protect our farmers and the bay," said Dr. Desmarais.

From Talbot County, Johnny Mautz says he has experience on the state and federal level, including working for Governor Ehrlich for three years.

"Taxes fees and regulations are choking off the economy.  I want to get to Annapolis and be a strong common sense conservative voice for small businesses, stand up for them, including farmers, watermen, working men and women, and stand up for them and our Eastern Shore values,"  said Mautz.

Last but not least, Karen Tolley from Dorchester County has been a commissioner in Church Creek for 17 years, and has extensive experience in finances.

"I've used that to help the community with my technical skills.  What this campaign is about to me is proven results, not expectations, and that's what I hope to get out to the voters in this election," said Tolley.

Also running for the same seats on the democratic side are Keasha Haythe and Rod Benjamin.  Since there are two candidates from each party selected in the primary, Haythe and Benjamin are unopposed and will move on to face the top two republican vote getters in November's general election.

The primary election is on June 24th.
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