Severna Park resident Rachel Muñoz and Sen. Ed Reilly are the first to officially file for the 2022 election in District 33.
Muñoz and Reilly, R-Crofton, officially announced their candidacy on June 2 in a joint news release. Reilly and Muñoz said they are not working as a team, but they do support each other. Both are running as Republicans. Reilly, as a sitting senator, is running for reelection.
“This morning, I officially filed to represent you as your next delegate alongside Senator Ed Reilly,” Muñoz said in a Facebook post. “I am excited to get to work to better our district and our state!”
Muñoz is seeking a delegate seat just shortly after graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law. Muñoz was raised in Severna Park. After graduating high school, she majored in psychology and minored in philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park.
She then took an interest in studying law and enrolled in classes at the University of Maryland School of Law. During her first year of law school, she worked at Anne Arundel Circuit Court with Judge Cathy Vitale. Vitale is a former delegate and Anne Arundel County Councilwoman.
Muñoz is running with the support of Reilly, who has held his seat in the state Senate since 2009. He is a member of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee and is serving as the Deputy Minority Leader in the Senate.
Before getting involved in politics, Reilly received his degree in financial management services from Iona College in New York. He then opened his own insurance agency. He has been a member of the Maryland Senate since 2009 and previously served as an Anne Arundel County Councilman.
According to her campaign website, the major issues Muñoz would like to focus on include taxes, environmental protection, 2nd Amendment rights, abortion, the opioid epidemic and immigration.
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“I support legal immigration. I believe that we are a nation of laws,” Muñoz said on her campaign website. “It is essential that we discourage illegal immigration and stop people in this country illegally from accessing taxpayer-funded benefits.”
According to her website, Muñoz stands with law enforcement and will “work to strengthen our laws that hold accountable dangerous criminals.”