Although members of the minority party, Myers and Serafini said they felt that their legislative jobs were important because they are able to speak for those back home.
“I do what I do because we go to Annapolis not to win, but be a voice for our constituents,” Myers said.
“They want us to go there and fight the best fight we can fight.”
Serafini said one way of working with a House of Delegates with a Democratic majority is to introduce new ideas and have them debated. He mentioned pension reform and alterations to the corporate tax structure as two issues that are starting to gain traction.
“We are starting to see some movement on ideas we have talked about,” he said. “The idea of pulling together as a team for what you believe is right, there is something of value in that.”
‘An uphill struggle’
Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, who is one of two Democrats in the county delegation — state Sen. Ronald N. Young, D-Frederick/Washington, is the other — said the most important job of a legislator is to be able to represent the interest of their constituents.
“If you want to work for your constituents, you have to work within the system,” he said. “I think there is a way to do things, and there is a way not to do things. For the sake of your constituency, you have to be able to be work with people and get things done.”
Donoghue said bashing every idea that Democratic legislators might have does not help.
Alliances in Annapolis can switch depending on the issue at hand, said Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, but the key is being a voice for the community that one represents.
Parrott gave an example of the gun-control legislation that passed the General Assembly this year.
“Had we (Republican legislators) not been able to work on the bill, it would have been a worse piece of legislation,” Parrott said. “For me, I’m glad to be in Annapolis for people who don’t have much of a voice.”
State Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, who was a member of the House of Delegates before he moved to the Senate in 2011, said there is a marked difference between the two chambers.
“The House is much more partisan,” he said. “I much prefer the Senate way of working.”
But it still can be difficult, he said.
“It takes a confluence of events to be successful. The deck is stacked against us,” he said. “They (local constituents) deserve this representation. But it does mean an uphill struggle.”