The District 15 November General Elections to Maryland State Delegates will see six people vying for the three Delegate seat from the Germantown area district.
In District 15, the top three vote-getters were incumbents Kathleen Dumais, David Fraser-Hidalgo, and newcomer Lily Qi. Incumbent Aruna Miller opted to run for Congress and launched an unsuccessful bid for the Maryland 6th Congressional seat.
On the Republican side, three candidates ran for the three spots on the November ticket. Laurie Halverson, Harvey Jacobs, and Marc A. King.
In the District 15 State Senate race, Democratic incumbent Brian Feldman easily defeated challenger Hongjun Xin. Feldman will face Republican David Wilson in November.
District 15 covers area of Germantown west of Germantown Road to the boarder with Frederick County, including Poolesville, Dickerson, and Barnesville and north of I-270 to in Clarksburg and Hyattstown. District 15 also encompasses most of Darnestown to the south and to the Potomac River and east to Democracy Boulevard and I-270 in Potomac.
Dumais garnered the most votes at 7,564, or 22.3 percent. She is has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2003, and is seeking her fifth term. She is an attorney with the litigation Practice group of Ethridge, Quinn, Kemp, McAuliffe, Rowan & Hartinger in Rockville, and concentrates in family law.
The next highest vote getter was Lilly Qi, with 6,035 or 17.8 percent. Born and raised in China, in 2016, Qi became the first Asian American appointed Assistant Chief Administrative Officer in Montgomery County, overseeing economic and workforce matters when she was appointed by County Executive Ike Leggett.
Incumbent David Fraser-Hildago was the third highest vote-getter with 5,710 votes. He has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2013. He resident of Boyds and is a member of the Environment and Transportation Committee and is the vice-chair of the Montgomery County Delegation. He is secretary and previous vice-chair of the Legislative Latino Caucus.
Fraser-Hildago, Qi, and Dumais beat out six other candidates in Tuesday’s primary. The top non-winning vote earner was Amy Frieder with 4,892 votes. Also running were Kevin Mack with 3,942, Anis Ahmed with 1,946, Andy Van Wye with 1,924, Hamza Sarwar Khan with 1,159, and Tony Puca earning 702 votes.
In the State Senate election, Brian Feldman ran unopposed. He is seeking second term as a State Senator. He is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, chairing its Health Subcommittee and, most recently, was appointed as the Senate Chair of the newly formed Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission. Brian also serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Federal Relations, Co-chair of the Task Force to Study Family and Medical Leave Insurance and is a member of the Maryland Economic Development Commission.
Feldman will face off with Republican David Wilson, a 23-year veteran of the United States Army. Two combat tours in Operation Desert Storm/Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Poolesville resident, retired from the Army in 2010 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is currently the owner of Response Masters, LLC, a privately-owned security management company, helping organizations prepare for the unexpected crisis by customizing crisis management plans and training.
On the Republican side of the District 15 delegate race, Laurie Halverson earned the most votes with 2,116. She is a Montgomery County Board of License Commissioner, and a former Maryland Board of Education member and was a PTA leader at the local and county levels for over 10 years. She was appointed by Governor Hogan to serve on the Commission to Review Maryland’s Use of Assessments & Testing in Public Schools in 2015.
Halverson was followed by attorney Harvey Jacobs, who garnered 2,024 votes. Jacobs is an attorney who advises technology companies and works on patent and trademark cases. He is also a real estate attorney working on settlements and transactions.
Marc King, earned 1,979 votes. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. King retired from active duty in 1988 and moved to the private sector to continue his career as a business executive, expand his business opportunities and education, and travel extensively. He was appointed a corporate officer of Ceradyne, Inc., a military contractor working with the Pentagon. In 2012, King started his own small business consulting firm working with the Department of Defense.
The six candidates for District 15 delegate will vie for the three seats in the delegation in the November General Election.
Photos courtesy of the candidates.