A retired U.S. Army colonel has filed as a Democratic candidate for delegate in District 32, becoming the fifth Democrat vying for one of three district seats.
Mike Rogers on Wednesday filed to run for the Maryland House of Delegates. After spending nearly three decades in the military, he retired in 2015. A Laurel resident, Rogers has served as director of the Russet Homeowner’s Association. He is president of the Parent Teacher Student Association for Meade High School, where his son and daughter attend.
Rogers will be the fifth Democrat campaigning to win a seat in his district. He will face Sandy Bartlett, Derek Kent and incumbents Mark Chang and Ted Sophocleus in the June primary. Three candidates will go on to run in the November general election. Republican candidate Patty Ewing is also running in District 32, an Anne Arundel County district comprising parts of Linthicum, Glen Burnie, Severn, Fort George G. Meade and Maryland City.
Del. Pam Beidle, also a Democrat, has not filed for re-election.
Bartlett has volunteered for years on the county Democratic Central Committee. Kent, a political newcomer, served in the U.S. Army and has worked in the U.S. State Department and for New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Chang is finishing up his first term as a delegate, and Sophocleus has served continuously since 1999.
Rogers announced his campaign at the Jessup Community Hall on Jan. 29.
“While I was in the military I learned the importance of serving and giving back, and that’s what I want to continue to do,” Rodgers said at the kickoff.
His platform centers on “E2C2,” standing for education, economy, community and country. He is a proponent of “old-fashioned financial discipline,” according to his campaign website. “These are the same principles that I will use to ensure District 32 does its part of setting the conditions for economic success in our community.”