Dels. DeBoy and Malone

Dels. Steven DeBoy, left, and James Malone, Jr., longtime representatives for District 12A that includes Arbutus, Catonsville and part of Howard County, stand outside of the Maryland State House in Annapolis on March 19. (Staff photo by Jen Rynda / April 1, 2014)

Together, Dels. James Malone Jr. and Steven DeBoy have represented District 12A in the Maryland General Assembly for more than a decade.

When the session ends April 9, it will be their last.

The two, who have known each other since attending Ascension School in Halethorpe together, announced their decision not to seek re-election in April 2013.

"I'm comfortable where I am. I'm going to miss it — I'm going to miss the people and the energy of the place," said DeBoy, who was first elected in 2003.

Malone, 56, who is divorced, said his son, James "Little Jimmy" Malone Jr., 17, and daughter Danica, 20, are the reason he's vacating his seat in the legislature.

"My family means more than anything to me and the only reason I am not running for re-election is to spend more time with my son and daughter," Malone said.

Both men said redistricting, which eliminated Districts 12A and 12B to create a larger District 12 that includes a large portion of Howard County, played a role in their decision not to run for seat in the House of Delegates. Before redistricting, one delegate represented 12B in Howard County, while two others represented 12A that included southwestern Baltimore County along with Elkridge and a portion of eastern Howard County. Now all three will represent the entire district.

"Redistricting was certainly a consideration," DeBoy said.

Adding more Howard County to District 12 will make it necessary to win over a more liberal electorate, and both candidates are known for their moderate Democratic views.

"In redistricting, we lost Oella and West Catonsville, and we picked up Columbia. And you know, the politics out there are a bit different," DeBoy said.

Malone, a member of the House of Delegates since January 1995, said the broader area also contributed to his decision to leave.

"With redistricting, I would have 16 new precincts in my district," he said.

Spending time winning over those new precincts would have meant less with his family, he said.

DeBoy said while he's focused on finishing out his term, which ends January 2015, he's considered another run for public office in 2018.

"I'm thinking about it, if Sheriff [R. Jay Fisher] doesn't decide to run in 2018," DeBoy said.

Malone was less certain, though he did say, "My days of running are 99.9 percent done."

But, he said, he's not ready to divulge his plans for the future just yet.

"My house is up for sale and I have a game plan," said the Halethorpe native.

"I'm way too young too retire," said the 57-year-old. "I think I'll still be working with people, but at a different level."

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