Delegate Michael Smigiel filed for re-election today in House District 36. Smigiel had been a candidate to fill the Senate seat vacated by E.J. Pipkin last year, but, after a messy appointment process, Steve Hershey was appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to fill out the rest of the term. Smigiel reportedly had been considering a challenge to Hershey in this year’s primary, but instead filed again for his House seat.
Smigiel, who is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, has been a delegate since 2003. He serves in the House Judiciary Committee and is the Chair of the Tea Party Caucus. Smigiel also serves on the Peer Review Panel of the Attorney Grievance Commission. He has been a practicing attorney in Maryland since 1989. He was a delegate to the most recent Republican National Convention.
Del. Smigiel is a strong advocate for the rights of gun owners. He also has pushed for the protection of civil liberties for Maryland citizens. He has pushed for repeal of speed cameras and Plan Maryland while also advocating for legislation supporting veterans.
Incumbent Delegates Steve Arentz and Jay Jacobs have also filed for re-election in District 36. Other Republican candidates who have filed include Jeff Ghrist, Rod Heinze, and J.D. Uhler. No Democrats have filed.
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.