Early voting has begun and the official primary election in
Those who vote in the Democratic and Republican primaries, however, will find their choices limited in races for
Bowen for judge
There is a key local race on the ballot, one that has the potential to be resolved when the polls close Tuesday, that being the race for Harford County Circuit Court judge. The same slate of candidates appears on both the Republican and Democratic primary ballot because the state judiciary branch was designed to be nonpartisan. Nominally, the incumbent is M.
Make no mistake: Andrews and Scheinin have expressed, in past races and in campaigning for judge this time around, their sincere desire to be judge. As members of the bar in good standing, they are qualified in the eyes of the state.
Maryland, however, has a system wherein circuit court judges are appointed by the governor, who takes recommendations from a nominating committee consisting of people — lawyers and non-lawyers — from the county where the judge will preside. It's not a perfect system, but in the past several years, Harford County has been fairly well served by the judges who have come up through this appointment system.
Furthermore, Bowen is a respected prosecutor in the office of the Harford County State's Attorney, having worked in the office for more than two decades, and is well-acquainted with the local judiciary. Though she technically is the incumbent judge, having begun serving a 15-year term upon being appointed, her appointment came late in 2011 and she remains in training. While her credentials as a judge are limited, her experience as a prosecutor and lawyer make her the best pick of the three running for judge.
The Aegis recommends voters of both parties cast their ballots for M. Elizabeth Bowen for Harford County Circuit Court judge.
For U.S. Senate
For U.S. Senate, Democrat
Harford County voters also have a say in twoU.S. House of Representativesseats, those from the state's First and Second Districts. Both seats are held by incumbents who are unopposed in their respective primaries and both of whom are fairly secure in their seats.
First District, U.S. House
In the First District, incumbent Republican Andy Harris, of Cockeysville, faces no primary opposition. Three Democrats are running to unseat him, John LaFerla, Kim Letke and Wendy Rosen. The eventual Democratic challenger will face an uphill fight, to put it politely. Letke is a resident of Harford County, which is the largest single county block of votes in the district, so she possibly could parlay this into mounting a challenge to Harris. Rosen also has the potential to mount a meaningful campaign in the fall, as she has managed to run a solid campaign in the primary, something a lot of Congressional candidates have trouble with in the state's geographically largest district.
The Aegis recommends Democrats cast ballots either for Letke or Rosen in the First District primary.
Second District, U.S. House
In the Second District, Democrat C.A. Dutch Ruppersbergeris unopposed in the primary and the eventual Republican nominee will have an uphill battle trying to unseat him. Six Republicans, including a state senator and a delegate from Harford County, respectively,
Of the two members of the
The Aegis recommends Republicans in the Second District cast their ballots for Nancy Jacobs in the primary.
The presidential race is the high-profile one on the ballot this time around, as the Republican field is crowded and, to some degree competitive, even as front runner