For the Republican race for House of Delegates representing District 5, the Carroll County Times is endorsing the incumbent slate of Dels. Susan Krebs, April Rose and Haven Shoemaker.
In Annapolis, so much of the job is knowing how to play the game, particularly if you are a member of the minority party. All three of these individuals have shown an ability to work across the aisle on some issues while also staying true to their conservative values. The three have also worked well with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan over the past four years, having been able to secure additional funds for education and also bring some attention to infrastructure projects here. Hogan's confidence in this group is noted by his endorsement of the three.
Among the three, Krebs in particular is the standout of the bunch. She is well-versed on the issues facing Carroll County and its residents, and is a strong, vocal advocate for them, even if it is not necessarily within the specific purview of a state delegate. This is exactly what you want and expect from a strong elected leader. Krebs also understands the machinations of the state capital from her 16 years of experience there, and has a good working relationship with her fellow Republicans as well as legislators across the aisle.
When Rose was tabbed by Gov. Larry Hogan in 2015 — following the contentious process that followed Joseph Getty’s appointment to the governor's cabinet and then-Del. Justin Ready’s accession to the State Senate — she had much to learn about her new job. We believe she has grown into the role quite nicely. A member of the education subcommittee in Ways and Means, she has been a strong advocate for technology education, computer science and making sure that learning opportunities for students who would rather pursue a trade rather than go to college are available, and that these kids are not forgotten by lawmakers and bureaucrats.
While we may not agree with Shoemaker on every issue, he brings a strong counterbalance to check Democratic politics that tend to dominate in Annapolis. Shoemaker’s previous experience, both as a county commissioner, and as a mayor and councilman in Hampstead, also helps him recognize statewide legislation may have significant effects — positively or negatively — on lower levels of government.
Democrat Emily Shenk is running unopposed in the Democratic primary for House of Delegates in District 5.
Justin Ready is running unopposed for state Senate representing District 5 in the Republican primary, but will face a general election challenge from Democrat Jamie O’Marr, also running unopposed in the primary.
District 5 encompasses a majority of Carroll County, however a portion of residents in southwestern and southeastern portions of the county will vote for candidates in Districts 4 and 9.
In District 4, Sen. Michael Hough is running for re-election unopposed in the Republican primary. In the Democratic primary, we endorse Jessica Douglass, a Mount Airy resident who is a strong advocate for education. The three candidates in both the Republican and Democratic primaries for House of Delegates in District 4, are all running unopposed and will move on to the general election.
In District 9, we endorse Sen. Gail Bates for re-election in the Republican primary. Despite Carroll only being a small portion of her district, she has been responsive to residents here and seems to work well with the rest of Carroll’s delegation. In the Democratic Senate primary, Katie Fry Hester is running unopposed. For House of Delegates for District 9A, the two Republican incumbents, Warren Miller and Trent Kittleman, are running unopposed in their party's primary; Democrats Steven Bolen and Natalie Ziegler stand out for their stances regarding partisan redistricting, improving the state’s business climate and addressing the opioid epidemic.