I don’t cover a lot of political stories outside of Howard County…but this one caught my eye on social media:
From the Facebook page of Delegate Simonaire:
Delegate Meagan Simonaire will not run for Re-election
(Pasadena, MD October 9, 2017) Delegate Meagan Simonaire announced today that she will not be seeking re-election, despite earlier plans to do so. Over the last several months, increasing responsibilities and opportunities for growth at her full-time job made it clear that she would have to make a choice between continuing in the legislature and progressing in her career. While it has been an honor to serve the people of District 31-B, she has made the decision to focus on her career full-time after her term is complete in 2018.As one of the youngest delegates ever elected in Maryland, Meagan has found that youth does not inhibit success. Even as a freshman legislator, Meagan was the lead sponsor of many successful bills, covering issues such as helping our military and victims of human trafficking, giving more tools to the county to lower taxes, and working to provide protections for our community and waterways.
Meagan is most proud of her legislative initiatives to help the vulnerable. One such initiative seeks to provide human trafficking victims a path to education without the fear from their former life. Passed in 2015, the legislation makes in-county residency waivers available to individuals that have been trafficked, allowing them to receive in-county discount rates even if they move into another county away from their trafficked area. A second bill passed in 2016 provides homeless students with the opportunity to take the GED tests without paying the fees.
Meagan is honored to have had this opportunity to serve and discover firsthand that young people can make a significant difference in our government, if they are willing to work hard.
Our county is blessed with so many caring and wonderful people. The memories of building friendships in the community and within the legislature are ones that Meagan will always take with her.
Meagan stated, “The people I served are what I will remember most. I believe our brightest days are ahead of us. We must keep looking forward and not be satisfied with the old ways of politics.”
This was the post back on June 22nd (in case you missed it):
It’s official! Minority Leader Nic Kipke and I have signed up for reelection! 2018 is right around the corner and we are continuing to work hard to represent the amazing people of District 31B!
So another open Maryland Delegate seat in 2018…so far no other candidates have filed to run…but there is plenty of time for that in the coming months.
I wonder if Delegate Kipke already has someone picked out to run in 2018? If so, will they officially enter this race soon? Stay tuned…this might be a race to watch in 2018.