"My passion is Baltimore City," said Jones-Rodwell, who has been in office since 2003. "When the redistricting happened, I went out with the same type of vigor in Baltimore County. It was going to be a race. That wasn't the issue. Whoever was the best candidate would have won."
The redistricting also means three sitting city delegates, Keith E. Haynes, Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. and Del. Melvin L. Stukes, will compete for one seat.
Matthew Crenson, Johns Hopkins University political science professor emeritus, said the development underscores Baltimore's weakened influence in state politics.