Former congressional candidate tapped to head southern chapter of Red Cross

A former Republican candidate for state and federal offices will now lead the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Mark Plaster, who most recently dropped out of his bid as a GOP candidate for the District 30A seat in the House of Delegates, will lead the American Red Cross Southern Maryland Chapter, the organization said in a release.

The chapter covers Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties, the organization said.

Plaster, a former emergency room doctor, first entered politics during the 2016 election, when he unsuccessfully attempted to knock out Democratic incumbent Rep. John Sarbanes for the state’s District 3 seat on the House of Representatives.

While he had looked to continue his bid in politics in 2018, filing as a GOP candidate in Democratic House Speaker Mike Busch’s district in 2017, he dropped out on Feb. 27 of this year.

In the release, the organization cited Plaster’s medical experience. He served with a Marine Corps shock trauma platoon in Iraq and worked as an emergency room doctor.

“As my medical career winds down, it is a great privilege to transition to working with this wonderful organization,” he said in a release.

The organization said he will lead and direct volunteers and employees for the region, which serves between 500,000 and 1 million people across the four counties.

It is unclear whether Plaster’s new role would mean an end to his forays in politics. He did not respond to calls for comment Monday.

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