Former Harford County Councilman Bob Cassilly has filed as a candidate for Maryland Senate, District 34, representing the southern and eastern parts of the county.
Cassilly served on the Harford County Council until 2006, when he was called to active duty as a major in the Army for service in Iraq, leading efforts to establish a provincial level government in Saddam Hussein's hometown, Tikrit. Cassilly served three, year-long tours in Iraq with the Departments of Defense and State. He continued with the State Department until August supporting U.S. efforts to counter violent extremists in the Near Eastern region.
He returned to the practice of law in September.
Cassilly is also a former Bel Air town commissioner and mayor and a former chairman of the Harford County Republican Central Committee. Cassilly wants to continue his record of public service, in Annapolis. He said in a press release he will fight to reverse laws, regulations and taxes that drive employers from the state and infringe fundamental rights and he will oppose wasteful government spending.
Cassilly is a lifelong Harford County resident and a graduate of Bel Air High School, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore Law School. He has earned numerous awards for providing free legal services to the disadvantaged.
H and his wife, Debbie, were Bel Air High classmates. They live in the Bel Air historic district and are parents of five children.
One of Cassilly's brothers, Andrew Cassilly, works for Harford County Public Schools and is a candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates, District 35B. Harford County State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly is also their brother.
Sen. Nancy Jacobs, who represents District 34 will retire at the end of her term.