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Wayne Norman, Bridget Kelly, seek Senate seat representing northern Harford, western Cecil

Democrat Bridget Kelly, left, and Republican Wayne Norman are the candidates for the District 35 State Senate seat representing northeastern Harford County and western Cecil County.
Democrat Bridget Kelly, left, and Republican Wayne Norman are the candidates for the District 35 State Senate seat representing northeastern Harford County and western Cecil County. (The Aegis / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

After seven years of representing Harford County in the Maryland House of Delegates, Republican Del. Wayne Norman is seeking support from the voters of Harford and Cecil counties in his bid for state senator.

Norman, 58, of Bel Air, is a lawyer who practices in Bel Air. He was appointed to the House prior to the 2008 Maryland General Assembly session and was elected in 2010 and is running for the District 35 seat in the Maryland Senate, the seat Republican Sen. Barry Glassman is leaving as he runs for Harford County executive.

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"I think I did a really good job in my seven years in the House, and I think I'll do a better job in the Senate," Norman said.

Norman is the House's minority parliamentarian, one of the top Republican party leaders in the House. He cited his legislative background of opposing increased taxes and regulation, and described Maryland's business climate as terrible.

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He also noted his background as the owner of a small business as a key credential for serving as a legislator.

"I think it's important that you have first-hand knowledge of how to make a payroll on a Friday," Norman said.

Legislative District 35, which includes the House Subdistricts 35B and 35A, covers northeastern Harford County between I-95 and the Mason-Dixon Line, plus northern Cecil County, including Perryville and Port Deposit, along with Rising Sun, North East and areas north of Elkton.

"I tell them I'm going to do a good job for them, just like I did for Harford County," Norman said of Cecil County voters.

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Norman's Democratic challenger is Bridget Kelly, 59, of Perryville. She is retired after spending nearly 30 years in public education in Pennsylvania, serving as a guidance counselor, high school assistant principal and principal and her school district's director of student services.

"I took an early retirement because there were things I wanted to do that I couldn't do while I was working, and one of those was to run for public office," Kelly said.

She retired to Cecil County.

"I was looking for a nice little place to go kayaking," she said.

Kelly is also a volunteer with the Court-Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, program in Harford County, and she is a member of the Cecil County Library Foundation board.

She said that, if elected, serving as a legislator would be her "singular focus."

"This is a job that I am comfortable in doing, and I'd like to step up; I'd like to step in and serve," Kelly said.

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