Carroll County Times

Speaker Busch, Sen. Astle and Trumbauer file for reelection in 2014

House Speaker Michael E. Busch, left, Sen. John Astle and Anne Arundel County Councilman Chris Trumbauer filed for re-election on Thursday.

House Speaker Michael E. Busch, state Sen. John Astle and Anne Arundel County Councilman Chris Trumbauer, all of them Democrats from Annapolis, filed for re-election on Thursday.
Busch and Astle have run together as a ticket since the 1990s. Saying that they have similar constituencies and similar interests in education and the environment, the two welcomed Trumbauer onto their ticket for 2014 race.
Trumbauer is running for re-election in County Council District 6.
Busch is running to retain a seat in the House of Delegates he has held since 1987. Astle, first elected to the Senate in 1994, is seeking a fifth term. In 2014, both will seek re-election in redrawn districts.
District 30, which Busch represents - along with Dels. Herb McMillan, R-Annapolis, and Ron George, R-Arnold - was split into two parts in 2012 when the legislature approved a redistricting plan.
Next year Busch will run for re-election in District 30A, which includes Heritage Harbour and Epping Forest, but no longer includes parts of the Broadneck Peninsula.
Astle may face the toughest challenge of the three. The redrawn District 30 he represents now extends past Shady Side to the southernmost parts of the county.
In the 2010 general election, Astle edged out Republican candidate Ron Elfenbein by 1,139 votes.
Astle knows that next year he'll face the challenge of convincing more Republicans to turn blue.
"In my new district, I've got a large rural area," Astle said. "But I think I'm going to do OK down there."
Astle said his father was born and raised on a farm. And he said he's got another thing in common with his new rural constituents: "I drive a pickup truck, too."
Astle already has one Republican running against him.
Eric Delano Knowles filed his candidacy in July. Knowles ran against Democratic U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes in the 3rd Congressional District in 2012.
Districtwide, Sarbanes received 66.8 percent of the votes, while Knowles received 29.6 percent. In Anne Arundel County, the race was tighter: Sarbanes picked up 58.3 percent of the votes, while Knowles received 37.7 percent.