Voters decide in primary

Written by on July 2, 2014 in Neighborhood News - No comments
Brooke Lierman visits Brewers Hill. - Photo by Erik Zygmont

Brooke Lierman visits Brewers Hill. – Photo by Erik Zygmont

Results of the June 24 primary election are in.

According to the State Board of Elections “unofficial results,” registered Democratic voters in the 46th District chose Brooke Lierman (28 percent), Pete Hammen (25 percent) and Luke Clippinger (24 percent) to represent them in the 46th District.

On the Republican side, there were three candidates, Roger Bedingfield, Joseph “Joh” Sedtal and Duane Shelton, who automatically made it through the primary.

The primary moves three candidates from each party forward to the general election. On Nov. 4, voters will pick three individuals from the three Democrats and three Republicans to represent them in the House of Delegates.

“I look forward to continuing progress in improving schools and opportunity, increasing the population in Baltimore, and ensuring that all Marylanders have access to affordable healthcare,” said Hammen, commenting on his primary win.

“Everyone ran a door-to-door campaign and worked real hard, and I am very pleased with the results.”

Clippinger said that he was “grateful and humbled by the support I received across the district. I’m ready to go back to work for people.”

“I’ve tried to be very accessible; I’ve tried to reach out to people where they are,” he added. “I didn’t just knock on doors for the election year; I knocked on doors for three years.”

Clippinger, a prosecutor, said that, should he make it through the general election, he will work on a special committee to deal with issues the state is having with pretrial release. The Court of Appeals recently decided that those charged with, among other crimes, “beating somebody up,” are entitled to representation at their bail hearings.

“Public defenders have to represent hundreds of thousands of Marylanders, and there’s no money for it,” Clippinger explained.

Newcomer Brooke Lierman, who received the highest percentage of the vote, could not be reached for comment.

“If I have learned one thing from this campaign, it is that there is no limit to what a people-powered movement can accomplish,” she said in a statement emailed to supporters. “I ask that as we move forward, you stay engaged in the issues that got you involved in this campaign in the first place. Tuesday wasn’t the end. It was only the beginning. On to November, and then on to Annapolis!”

Delegate candidate Bill Romani, who did not garner enough of the vote (15 percent) to make it through the primary, said that he was disappointed in the outcome.

“But I’m very excited about the race we ran, the people we met, and how our message of service and improving the city resonated,” he said. “I look forward to continuing my service to the city; it didn’t start because of the election, and it’s certainly not going to end.”

Liam Davis, who also did not make it through the primary, also said that he’s not going anywhere.

“You’ll still see me around the neighborhood,” he said, adding that he will be returning to his job as a community liaison for City Council President Jack Young’s office.

“They were good people who won the primary,” Davis added. “The 46th District is in good hands.”

In the State Senate Democratic primary for the 46th, incumbent Sen. Bill Ferguson garnered 90 percent of the vote to defeat challenger Dr. Mateen Rasul Zar. There were no Republican candidates in that race.

“I am thrilled to continue fighting for Baltimore families for the next four years,” commented Ferguson, who will have no opponent on the ballot in the general election. “I am also excited to work with such fantastic team members in Pete Hammen, Luke Clippinger and Brooke Lierman. We will be a strong team in Annapolis.”

by Erik Zygmont

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