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Newsletter—November, 2018

2018 Election Update

The results of Maryland’s general election will be certified by the State Board of Elections next week. Absent any changes, here is the summary:

  • Maryland Senate
    • There will be 18 new Senators
    • Two incumbents were defeated in the general election (Senators Gail Bates and Jim Mathias)
    • Republicans picked up one seat
    • There will be 3 more women
    • Of the 18 new Senators, 9 are delegates who will move to the upper chamber, and 3 are former legislators

  • Maryland House of Delegates
    • There will be 43 new Delegates
    • Nine incumbents were defeated in the general election (Delegates Ali, Cluster, Flanagan, Folden, Gibson, Glass, McConkey, Rey, and Tarlau)
    • Democrats picked up 8 seats
    • There will be 8 more women
    • Of the 43 new Delegates, 3 are former legislators

With the elections behind us, we look forward to the many changes which will come with the 2019 Legislative Session beginning on January 9. 

Leadership Announcements

Incoming Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittma has announced the following appointments:

  • Doug Hollmann, Administrative Hearings Officer;
  • Gregory Swain, acting County Attorney;
  • Janice Hayes-Williams, Senior Adviser for Community Engagement;
  • Pete Baron, Government Affairs Officer;
  • Brandi Francis, acting Public Information Officer; and
  • James Kitchin and Jenese Jones, Constituent Services Officers.

Incoming Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. has named several key staff people:

  • Andrew G. Vetter, Deputy County Administrative Officer;
  • Patrick H. Murray, Chief of Staff;
  • Elisabeth A. Sachs, Director of Government Reform and Strategic Initiatives;
  • Charles R. Connor III, Chief Legislative Officer; and
  • Samantha F. O’Neil, Senior Adviser overseeing communication, outreach and partnerships.

Incoming Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced his Howard County leadership team:

  • Lonnie R. Robbins, Chief Administrative Officer;
  • Sameer Sidh, Chief of Staff;
  • Angela Lagdameo Cabellon, Chief Innovation Officer and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer;
  • Jennifer Jones, Deputy Chief of Staff;
  • Maureen Evans Arthurs, Director of Government Affairs and Strategic Partnerships;
  • Shaina Hernandez, Senior Adviser for Policy;
  • Scott L. Peterson, Director of Communications; and
  • Kimberly Pruim, Director of Constituent Services and Community Partnership.

Incoming Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has announced two key administration position changes:

  • Richard S. Madaleno, Jr., Director for Office of Management and Budget; and
  • Andrew Kleine, Chief Administrative Officer.

Incoming Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has named several key staff people:

  • Major F. Riddick Jr., Chief Administration Officer;
  • Tara Jackson, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Government and Support Services; and
  • Joy Arnold Russell, Chief of Staff.

Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, has made several changes to promote his staff:

  • Jake Weissman has been named Chief of Staff;
  • Alicia Watson will become Deputy Chief of Staff; and
  • Jenna McGreevy will be Legislative Director.

Samantha Zwerling will be joining the staff of Maryland House Speaker Mike Busch. Ms. Zwerling has been Chief of Staff for Senator Rich Madaleno for four years.

People on the Move

Lee Hopkins, Senior Manager of Health and Social Services of CASA de Maryland, is transitioning to the new role of Manager of Virginia Services.

Allan Kittleman, outgoing Howard County Executive, has been appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Michelle LaRue of CASA de Maryland will be transitioning into the role of the Health Programs Senior Manager.   

April Morton has joined committee staff for the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, crossing the hall from staffing the Judicial Proceedings Committee.

Clay Stamp, who was appointed to lead the Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) in 2016, has returned full-time to his position as Director of Talbot County Emergency Services. Mr. Stamp was on loan from Talbot County and during his tenure with the OOCC, was still involved in local activities. Deputy Director Birch Barron will be acting Director until Governor Hogan names a permanent replacement.

Jared Sussman will be departing the Department of Legislative Services after three years to join the Congressional Research Service. Mr. Sussman will be working on veterans’ issues. 

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