xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

Four vie for House of Delegates seats in new northern Harford and western Cecil district

Both House of Delegate seats are up for grabs in legislative Subdistrict 35B, created since the last election, that covers part of northern Harford County and western and northern Cecil County.

The four general election candidates for the two seats are Harford County residents: Republicans Andrew Cassilly, 49, who lives near Havre de Grace, and Teresa Reilly, 56, of Whiteford, and Democrats Dan Lamey, 50, of Street, and Jeffrey Elliott, 41, of Bel Air.

Advertisement

Subdistrict 35B encompasses northeastern Harford County north of I-95 to the Mason-Dixon Line and east of Bel Air. It also takes in western Cecil County along the Susquehanna River, north of the Jacob Tome Highway, and areas between Rising Sun and Charlestown.

The subdistrict, which formerly covered only northern Harford County, was represented by Dels. Wayne Norman and Donna Stifler, both Republicans. Norman is running for the District 35 State Senate seat and Stifler is retiring after two terms. Redistricting moved northwestern Harford, which also was represented by the two, into District 7 along with other parts of western Harford and eastern Baltimore counties.

Advertisement
Advertisement

"I really felt like we needed better representation down in Annapolis," said Cassilly, who is making his first run for elected office and led the three-way GOP primary balloting.

Cassilly is resource conservation manager for Harford County Public Schools, where he works to determine how to cut energy costs for school facilities, as well as on green initiatives. He noted HCPS recently received the 2014 Corporate Energy Management Award for the Association of Energy Engineers Region II.

"I felt like with my success helping the school system reduce their operational costs, I felt like I could be successful down at the state level doing the same thing," he said.

Cassilly is the brother of Harford County State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly, who is seeking re-election to a ninth term, and Bob Cassilly, a former Harford councilman, who is running for the District 34 Senate seat in southern and central Harford County.

Advertisement

Reilly, who is married to James Reilly, Harford County's clerk of the circuit court, is a member of the county's Republican Central Committee. She had served as Norman's chief of staff in Annapolis until she resigned to campaign to become his successor in the House of Delegates.

Like Andrew and Joseph Cassilly, Reilly and her husband's names will both be on the 35B ballot in Harford, because James Reilly is seeking a fourth term in his office.

She and her husband have also operated a restaurant in Baltimore, Teresa Reilly said.

"I feel like my experience with the Maryland General Assembly and the legislative process, plus my private-sector experience with being a restaurant owner, makes me a great candidate," she said.

Reilly said she wants to work to reduce regulations, taxes and state spending.

"As a delegate, I think I will be very accessible and accountable," she said.

Lamey is a bank vice president and retired from the Army, where he spent 20 years on active duty as a military police officer. He was deployed during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

"I decided that I wanted to do something and I wanted to help give back to the community, and I thought that running for delegate would be one way to do that," he said.

Lamey said he would bring his business management experience and military decision-making ability to Annapolis.

"I like to figure out why it happened, how it happened and what can we do to fix it," he said.

Elliott has been an elementary school teacher with Harford County Public Schools since 2002 and teaches first grade at Abingdon Elementary School.

"I am running for education," he said. "It's disheartening to see the funding and the situation for Harford County schools and truly with schools across the state."

Elliott added, however, that he won't give his sole attention to education issues if elected.

"I want to improve the district across the board, not just with education but with taxes and with transportation and just making it a better place to live," he said.

Recommended on Baltimore Sun

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement