After an unsuccessful attempt to run for state delegate in District 10 in 2010, Frederick Ware-Newsome has joined the race for two open delegate seats in the county's new District 44B.
Ware-Newsome, a Democrat who works as an income maintenance specialist for Baltimore City Social Services, said he wanted to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the creation of a brand new district.
"I was seeing [in 2010] the way the economy was going and the way the district was going, and I felt they needed new leadership in the district," Ware-Newsome said.
"I said, 'Hey, I wouldn't stand a chance to compete against those guys [the incumbents],' but I ran anyway," he said of finishing behind incumbent Dels. Emmett Burns, Adrienne Jones and Shirley Nathan-Pulliam.
"Now we're in a totally new district, no incumbents in the seat," the 48-year-old Pikesville resident said. "This is an opportunity to bring true, original politics back to the arena."
The new District 44B was created by the state's 2012 redistricting to include portions of Woodlawn and Catonsville that had been in District 10. District 44A includes portions of West Baltimore. One state senator will represent 44A and 44B.
Burns, who has represented District 10 since 1995, announced in June that he will retire after the 2014 session.
Nathan-Pulliam, who has also represented District 10 since 1995, has announced that she will run for the state Senate out of District 44.
Jones remains in District 10.
Ware-Newsome has an associate's, a bachelor's and a master's degree in business — from Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., Nazareth College in Rochester, N. Y., and Strayer University in Owings Mills respectively — and said education would be one of his top priorities.
"That's what I know best, is education," he said. "I know, with education comes power, and with that power comes leadership.
"I think teachers and students would be the one major thing I would fight for," he said, "better schools and better pay for teachers."
Veterans' affairs is another area Ware-Newsome feels could use some work.
"How can we treat the veterans in our district better, and not treat them as just a number," he said. "I think they should get more priority in the district and in the community."
Ware-Newsome said his experience in 2010 and working with Social Services, combined with a fresh outlook on politics, will help him win the race.
"Right now, change is good; vision is good," he said. "I think that's one thing we really lack in leadership today in the political arena.
"I would really look to make District 44B into a sustainable community," he said. "When the economy goes down, I want District 44B to be in the position where we would never feel it.
"We'll be stable enough to sustain any downturn," he said. "Basically making sure whatever District 44B needs from Annapolis, it's provided."