The influential Montgomery County Educational Association has issued new endorsements for state legislative elections. So far, these choices are very conservative bets. They have endorsed all but one incumbent running for reelection.
In District 16, Susan Lee is also a lock for the Senate. All of the endorsed non-incumbent delegates are seen as having good chances, though the races in District 16 and 20 are the most up for grabs with other candidates having strong shots.
The only outstanding endorsement is in District 15 where recently appointed incumbent David Fraser-Hidalgo has not been endorsed. Rumor has it that they had planned to endorse challenger Bennett Rushkoff but that he did not receive the required super majority. We’ll see if MCEA picks Fraser-Hidalgo, Rushkoff, or no one.
Here is the current list with non-incumbents in boldface:
Senate: Karen Montgomery
Delegate: Anne Kaiser, Eric Luedtke and Craig Zucker
Senate: Brian Feldman
Delegate: Kathleen Dumais and Aruna Miller (one still pending)
Senate: Susan Lee
Delegate: Bill Frick, Ariana Kelly and Hrant Jamgochian
Senate: No Endorsement
Delegate: Kumar Barve, Jim Gilchrist and Andrew Platt
Senate: Rich Madaleno
Delegate: Al Carr, Ana Sol Gutiérrez and Jeff Waldstricher
Senate: Roger Manno
Delegate: Bonnie Cullison and Ben Kramer (no third endorsement)
Senate: Jamie Raskin
Delegate: Sheila Hixson, David Moon and Will Smith
Senate: Nancy King
Delegate: Charles Barkley, Kirill Reznick and Shane Robinson