Redistricting since the last election has significantly altered the boundaries of Legislative District 35.
What was formerly an all-Harford County district encompassing Abingdon, Bel Air and the northern third of the county has been shifted eastward to take in western and northern Cecil County, with the Bel Air area and Abingdon moving into neighboring District 34.
The district's State Senate seat and the two delegate seats representing the Harford County portion of district are open this election because of retirements or incumbents running for another office. The winners of the two delegate seats will be first-timers in Annapolis.
For the third delegate seat covering an all Cecil County subdistrict, one of the senior members of the House awaits a general election challenge from one of three Republicans vying for their party's nomination in Tuesday's primary election.
District 35 has more than 84,000 registered voters. The Senate seat has been held for the past seven years by Republican Barry Glassman, who is running for Harford County executive this year.
One Democrat, Bridget Kelly of Perryville, and two Republicans, Del. Wayne Norman, of Bel Air, and Tom Wilson, of Rising Sun, are running for Glassman's Senate seat.
The winner of the primary contest between Norman and Wilson will go on to face Kelly in the general election in November.
Norman, a lawyer, was elected to House of Delegates in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and is the ranking Republican on the House Environmental Matters Committee.
"I am running for this Senate seat as I am the most qualified candidate," he wrote in an email. "I am pro-jobs and pro-small business. I am against new taxes and regulations, and I am respected by both sides of the aisle in the Capitol."
Wilson, who is a former member of the Cecil County Republican Central Committee, has been campaigning for the state Senate on a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment platform, which also calls for the repeal of "burdensome" taxes, the opposition of Common Core State Standards and support of "constitutional local government," according to a list of policy positions he provided.
"With more than 25 years of experience as an accomplished business leader, and with a firm grasp of American history and an understanding of the original intent of our founders, I am confident that I can bring solutions to bear on solving Maryland's challenges," he states on his campaign website.
Kelly, the unopposed Democratic candidate, is a retired educator who has also worked with foster children in Harford County through the CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, program. She is also a member of Cecil County Library Foundation.
"I am a public servant, not a politician," she wrote in an email Tuesday. "In office, I will continue to focus on the principles I used as a high school administrator: community, compromise, consensus and commitment. Every voice matters – every voice heard."
District 35A has nearly 26,000 registered voters, including 10,005 Democrats, 10,383 Republicans and 5,601 unaffiliated voters, according to Cecil County Elections Director Debbie Towery.
The district covers the east bank of the Susquehanna River, including Perryville, and the northeastern portion of the county around Elkton, Rising Sun and North East.
The lone Democrat in the race is incumbent Del. David Rudolph of Rising Sun; he was drawn out of his current district after the state's 2012 redistricting and into 35A, Towery explained.
In addition to serving in Annapolis for nearly 20 years, Rudolph is the director of the Teacher Education Program at Cecil College, according to his website.
"I am proud to have the opportunity to go to Annapolis to do the state's business, and return to Cecil County to serve my community," he states on the website.