Now that District 36 has a Senator to replace E.J. Pipkin, we get to start the whole process over again to replace Steve Hershey, who moved up from delegate to the Senate seat. And then there’s the looming primary for the Senate seat next year that should get quite nasty. Will the process be just as nasty to fill the delegate vacancy now or will the county central committees get their ducks in a row?
Here’s more on all the candidates running:
The future delegate of District 36 will represent Kent, Caroline, and parts of Cecil and Caroline counties.
Since Hershey was a Republican, whoever fills his seat must also be a Republican, and must also be from either Queen Anne’s or Caroline counties, according to Terpeluk. Cecil and Kent counties already have resident delegates.
The candidates are, in alphabetical order:
Steven J. Arentz (Queen Anne’s), president of the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners.
Al Helfenbein (Queen Anne’s), owner of Helfenbein Insurance Agency in Chester.
Timothy McCluskey (Queen Anne’s), businessman and Centreville town council member.
Robert A. Thornton Jr. (Caroline), former member of the House of Delegates from 1990 to 1994 and member of the House Ways and Means Committee all four years.
John L. Walter (Queen Anne’s), attorney with Eastern Shore Legal in Centreville.
Eric. S. Wargotz, M.D. (Queen Anne’s), physician and former Queen Anne’s County commissioner
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.