Check one off the list

If you were wondering about a Republican interested in the new (hence vacant, with no incumbent) District 38C, wonder no more. This came to my attention yesterday:

Vowing her commitment to serve the people of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Mary Beth Carozza of Ocean City has filed for election for the House of Delegates in new Legislative District 38C, created in the 2012 redistricting process.

Carozza has spent over 28 years in public service, primarily in senior leadership positions in state and federal government. Her previous appointments include serving in the Administration of President George W. Bush as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs; as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich; and Deputy Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee. She was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 2003.

“It would be a privilege to serve and work for the people of our local area, and I would like to give my all back to my home community, where I was raised and which has supported me over the years” said Carozza. “I believe I can effectively use my past positions in prior public service to protect and advance our Shore way of life by focusing on local priorities in the areas of our economy, education, preservation, employment opportunities, and public safety.

“With the creation of a new legislative district in our local area, this is a fresh opportunity to step up and serve here at home, said Carozza, “and I am committed to working tirelessly to earn and keep the trust of those in our community.”

The Ocean City resident is the first Republican in that field, joining the twentysomething Democrat Mike Hindi in the chase to become the first to represent the newly-created District 38C. Unlike the younger Democrat, Carozza has more of the resume you may expect from one running for Delegate in terms of public service.

While District 38C spans both Wicomico and Worcester counties, the majority of its population lives in the Ocean City/Ocean Pines area so it’s quite likely this will serve as the Worcester County seat in the legislature. The southern half of Worcester County lies within the reconfigured District 38A and is shared with Somerset County, which provides most of its population and the likely incumbent Delegate in Charles Otto. (Democrats drew fellow Delegate Mike McDermott into the revamped District 38A, but indications are he will try for the District 38 State Senate seat now held by Jim Mathias.)

I was also informed that Mary Beth will be among those greeting David Craig as he brings his announcement tour to Salisbury later this morning, so perhaps we may hear a little about her then.

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