Meet Hir Bhandari (a.k.a. Harry Bhandari, a.k.a. H.B. Bhandari, a.k.a. H.B. Bhandari Prabhat), new candidate for the House of Delegates in the Democratic Primary in Legislative District 8. No other Democrats have filed to run as of yet.
Bhandari was appointed to Baltimore County’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee by County Councilwoman Cathy Bevins in 2013. His term expires at the end of 2015. Bhandari lives in the Overlea area and apparently has lived there since 2009 when he purchased the house he lives in.
According to one Facebook profile, Bhandari currently serves as Secretary of the Minority Caucus for the Young Democrats of America. That profile also indicates he works as a faculty member in the English Department at Baltimore City Community College and as tenured English faculty at the Knowledge and Success Academy (KASA) in Baltimore. According to his other Facebook profile, he is faculty at the Baltimore City Community College. Both profiles indicate he attended Johns Hopkins University. He apparently hasn’t updated his about information since he doesn’t appear in the faculty phone directory of BCCC or on the staff list of KASA. Bhandari has a blog here.
Things have changed since I previously wrote about District 8. On the Democratic side, incumbent Delegate Eric Bromwell has said he plans to run again. Former delegate and county councilman Joe Bartenfelder is apparently running for the State Senate in District 37 on the Eastern Shore. Other probable candidates for delegate include Bill Paulshock and Debbie Schillinger. This would set up a four candidate primary. Rob Santoni previously flirted with running but apparently is no longer interested.
As a relative newcomer to the district, and his national office with the Young Democrats (plus his Facebook profile picture being a picture of him with Nancy Pelosi), I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Bhandari is too liberal for most District 8 Democrats, let alone the independents. Especially when you consider the Democrats typically elected in the district have been more moderate, including Bromwell (who doesn’t toe the party line on many tax issues.)
Three Republicans have already filed for the seat including Delegate John Cluster, Christian Miele, and Norma Secoura.
Right now, I would predict a general election slate for the Democrats that includes Bromwell, Schillinger, and Paulshock going on the assumption they all run.
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.