Del. Wayne Norman and Teresa Reilly, vice chair of the Harford County Republican Central Committee, have jointly announced their campaign for the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates, respectively.
Norman and Reilly said they will run together in District 35, which encompasses parts of Cecil and Harford counties. The district has been redrawn since the last election to include western Cecil in addition to northern Harford.
Some of the district's Cecil County areas were previously in District 34 and were represented by Sen. Nancy Jacobs, who is retiring. Sen. Barry Glassman, who represents District 35, is running for Harford County executive.
Norman and Reilly made their announcement at Dove Valley Vineyards in Rising Sun before a group of supporters and elected officials.
According to a campaign news release, attendees included Jacobs, who made introductions, Senate Minority Leader Ed Reilly, House Minority Whip Cathy Szlegia, Cecil County Executive Tari Moore, Harford County Executive David Craig and several county council members from both Harford and Cecil.
Standing with his family, Norman said: "I will continue to champion conservative values in Annapolis; the same values that are prevalent along both sides of Susquehanna. A seat in the Senate will allow me to continue the tradition of conservative and effective leadership, following the great work of Nancy Jacobs and Barry Glassman."
Reilly, who has been elected multiple times to the Republican Central Committee, was joined by her family. "I am a conservative through and through," Reilly said. "I will be an effective voice in Annapolis. I love Cecil and Harford counties and look forward to continuing my public service for the greater community."
Reilly is a candidate in the 35B subdistrict that covers the Harford portion of the district.
Upon learning of their announcement, Craig, Republican candidate for governor, said: "I have known Wayne and Teresa for many years. They are dedicated public servants. I look forward to working with them in the Maryland Legislature."
Norman is the ranking Republican member on the House Environmental Matters Committee, where he led the opposition to the Governor's "rain tax."
Reilly has been a leader in voter registration efforts and was instrumental in making Harford County the largest jurisdiction in Maryland where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats, the campaign news release notes.
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Michael A. Dawson, a former Perryville town commissioner, has also filed in the District 35 senate race, and Andrew Cassilly of Harford has filed in the 35B delegate race. Both are Republicans.