By Adam Pagnucco.
Yesterday, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released its early endorsements for General Assembly. We present them along with the early endorsements recently issued by the Maryland Sierra Club below.
First, let’s look at early endorsements for the Senate.
All early endorsees for Senate are Democratic incumbents with two exceptions: LCV-backed Delegates Ben Kramer (D-19) and Pam Beidle (D-32), who should have little problem winning their party nominations for open seats. In general, the Sierra Club has endorsed fewer candidates so far. Both organizations took passes on several contested Senate races. They notably declined to support Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee Chair Joan Carter Conway (D-43), who is being challenged by Delegate Mary Washington. However, both of them did support Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (D-44), who is being challenged by SEIU leader Aletheia McCaskill.
Now let’s look at the House.
Again, all the early endorsees are Democratic incumbents and the Sierra Club supported fewer of them. Many of the incumbents who have not yet been endorsed are appointees who have not served for three full sessions, like Montgomery County Delegates Pam Queen (D-14) and Jheanelle Wilkins (D-20) and Baltimore City Delegate Robbyn Lewis (D-46).
Let’s remember that both of these organizations will be issuing more endorsements in the future. Several incumbents who don’t appear on these lists now could be endorsed in the next few months. Open seat candidates will also earn support. And the endorsement decisions in the contested Senate races, especially in the City of Baltimore, will be very interesting. We will be watching!