Councilperson Sarah Lacey files for state Senate; incumbent Pam Beidle will file with slate in August

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On Wednesday Councilperson Sarah Lacey, D-District 1, filed to represent Legislative District 32 in the State Senate, challenging incumbent Pam Beidle, who said she plans to file in August for the 2022 election.

When Lacey was elected in November of 2018 to the County Council it was her first experience with elected office. She said during the pandemic she reflected on ways she has advanced the law in Anne Arundel County, and realized that more can be accomplished by working at the state level.


“The state level needs to have a broader vision of what can be accomplished through state law,” Lacey said.

Lacey wants to use her experience as a criminal defense attorney and a civil attorney representing plaintiffs with civil rights complaints to modernize the law where necessary to achieve goals like eliminating income equality.


She said issues like school capacity can be better addressed at the state level. Looking at schools across the county, there is a surplus of about 10,000 seats, Lacey said. But schools in some areas are so full that development can’t proceed, while other areas have empty chairs. And yet the county doesn’t redistrict, she said.

“It is politically too hard but the state can make us address it,” Lacey said.

Lacey is chair of the County Council and lives in Jessup.

State Sen. Pam Beidle was elected to represent District 32 in the state senate in 2018, after serving in the House of Delegates for 12 years. Beidle represented District 1 on the County Council for eight years between 1998 and 2006.

Beidle said Wednesday that she plans to file to run for re-election in August, along with a slate of incumbent legislators from the district. Beidle, President of Beidle Insurance Agency and a member of the board University of Baltimore Washington Medical Center, serves on the Senate Finance Committee.

“My record speaks for itself,” Beidle said. “She doesn’t have the record I have. It’ll be up to the voters.”

The primary election is scheduled for June 28, 2022.