Although the 2018 primary elections are still over a year away, there is already a challenger for one of the three District 39 State Delegate to the Maryland General Assembly seats currently held by Germantown resident Kirill Reznick, Charles E. Barkley, and Shane Robinson.
While none of the incumbents have announced if they intend to pursue reelection, Bobby Bartlett, Germantown resident has already announced his intentions to run for one of those seats as District 39 Delegate.
Bartlett announced his candidacy on Wednesday. He will be running as a Democrat in District 39, which encompasses parts of Germantown, Clarksburg, Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village and Washington Grove.
“I’m running because we’ve got big problems in this country that none of our leaders seem willing to fix, and I’m no longer content to sit back and wait for someone else to set things right,” Bartlett said. “The nihilism that has taken root in the White House and on Capitol Hill underscores the importance of state and local government in rebuilding our Republic.”
Bartlett made his announcement shortly after testifying before the Maryland Senate Finance Committee for SB 962, a bill that would raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour. The bill highlights a core theme of Bartlett’s message that national problems such as economic justice can be addressed at the state level.
Other stated priorities in his address included fighting corruption and protecting the environment, issues where Bartlett said Maryland has the opportunity to lead the way nationwide. He also noted Democrats’ strong and enduring majority in Annapolis and vowed to challenge those who would obstruct the progressive agenda, regardless of their party.
“Real, positive change has never come from the top down,” said Bartlett on his campaign website, “but always from the bottom up. We will make Maryland a shining example of good governance in our nation, and lead the charge nationwide.”
Bartlett spent the bulk of his professional life in the sports business, most recently spending three seasons with women’s professional soccer team, the Washington Spirit, where he was the director of ticket sales. Since leaving that industry, he has pursued his passion for politics as an activist and an organizer for Progressive Maryland, which advocates for a number of causes, and with Represent.Maryland, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.
Both Bartlett, as well as, Reznick, Barkley, and Robinson are Democrats. The 2018 primary election is more than a year away and scheduled for June 26, 2018.
Editor's Note: This article has been edited since it was originally posted. The original article falsely indicated that there was only one Delegate from District 39. It has been updated to reflect that there are three Delegates to the Maryland House of Delegates from District 39.
Caption: Germantown resident Bobby Bartlett has announced his candidacy for Delegate to the Maryland General Assembly.