Del. Clarence Lam will run for the District 12 seat in the Maryland legislature being vacated by longtime state Sen. Edward Kasemeyer.
The decision to run, Lam said, was made in collaboration with the other two delegates who represent the district, Terri Hill and Eric Ebersole.
“What was a priority to us was to make sure the district would be well-represented and well-served in the future, and that we continue to function as a collaborative team,” Lam said.
Lam, 37, a Democrat and a physician from Columbia, has served as a state legislator since 2014.
His candidacy comes after Kasemeyer’s surprise announcement last week that he will not seek re-election. The Democrat served more than 30 years in the legislature, and was previously planning to run for another term.
The incumbent delegates, however, said in the press release that they are looking for a candidate to support in Lam’s place – one that will be an “asset to the team” of Democrats.
“We are actively seeking an individual who will be an effective legislator to join the team,” Lam said. The delegates plan to meet with people over the next two weeks ahead of the Feb. 27 filing deadline.