While it hadn’t showed up yet on the State Board of Elections website candidate list in the wee hours of the morning today, I am hearing that Republican Delegate Addie Eckardt filed last night to run against embattled Senator Richard Colburn in the primary for the District 37 Senate seat.
I hear that after Eckardt filed last night, she attended an Eastern Shore related event at Osteria. Colburn walked up to her, shook her hand, and then said, “You used to be my friend.”
Eckardt has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1995. She has served as Deputy Minority Whip in the past. Among her numerous awards, she was named to Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. Eckardt has a nursing background (with a M.S. degree) and has been adjunct faculty at two different universities. She is a mother to three children and and a grandmother to seven grandchildren. She has been a delegate to the Republican National Convention twice and served on the Dorchester County Republican Central Committee. Eckardt also was the Dorchester County Chair of the Mitt Romney campaign in 2012.
Richard Colburn has been in the news for possible ethical issues and after his wife filed for divorce. His wife, Alma Colburn, alleged that he had an affair with Cassia Bethany Mertens, who was a former aide to Colburn and at the time of the allegations was still an aide to Del. Cathy Vitale. Since then, Richard Colburn’s lawyer got the whole divorce file sealed, which is an unusual move. Additionally, Alma Colburn’s attorney filed a motion to find Richard Colburn in default for a lack of response to the allegations.
It has also been rumored that Alma Colburn was interested in challenging her husband in the Republican primary this year. Brian Murphy’s name had also been mentioned as a potential GOP candidate. Cheryl Everman, a Democrat who filed to face Colburn, is said to have dropped and out and former Baltimore Councilman Joe Bartenfelder is reportedly going to run for the seat as a Democrat.
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