More women will serve in the Maryland legislature — part of a nationwide surge in 2018 election

Sarah Elfreth woke up the day after President Donald Trump’s election and realized all of the people representing her in government — from Annapolis City Council and the Maryland legislature to Congress and the president — were men. She vowed then to run for office. Two years later after knocking on some 12,000 doors, Elfreth, 30, was elected to represent Anne Arundel County in the state Senate. The Democrat will join the largest contingent of women lawmakers in the General Assembly’s history, according to an analysis by its women’s caucus. (Balt. Sun)

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Parrott announces exploratory committee for congressional run

Del. Neil Parrott, R-Washington, announced Friday that he is forming an exploratory committee for a possible run for Congress from Maryland’s Sixth District in 2020. Speaking to a small gathering of shivering supporters near Hagerstown’s Cultural Trail at City Park, Parrott said Sixth District residents deserve a House member who reflects their values. (Herald-Mail)

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Elrich begins transition planning

It’s only been three days since Marc Elrich was elected as the next Montgomery County executive, but the three-term County Council member is starting to put his administration together. Elrich said in an interview Friday morning he is assembling his transition team, which will include some members of his campaign staff. The transition team will conduct interviews with possible department heads and staff members next week, he said. (Bethesda)

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Anne Arundel County Executive-elect Pittman names top officials

Anne Arundel County Executive-elect Steuart Pittman named his future chief of staff and chief administrative officer Friday, tapping a fellow equine expert and an experienced government manager. He selected Jennifer Purcell of Dunkirk as his chief of staff, an interim director of the Maryland Horse Council who has worked for a number of nonprofits, his campaign said in a media release Friday. For his chief administrative officer, he selected Ben Birge of Odenton, manager of Prince George’s County CountyStat program. (Capital)

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Incoming Anne Arundel County Council has new look: A Democratic majority, historic number of women

It’s a historic year for the Anne Arundel County Council. It started as all-male with four term-limited members and three others running for re-election. It’s completely different now. There are six new council members and the gender ratio is 5-2 in favor of women, a historic number. There are no black council members after Pete Smith was defeated in the primary. The council is so new after Tuesday’s election that it is hard to put a finger on how it will govern compared to the previous council. (Capital)

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Former county prosecutor sworn in as Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge

Pamela Knoop Alban, a former prosecutor under Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams, was sworn in Thursday to become the county’s newest Circuit Court judge. Alban was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to replace retired Circuit Court Judge Paul Harris Jr., who stepped down in February before reaching 70 years old. Judges are required to retire in Maryland by their 70th birthday. (Capital)

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Perini edges closer with absentee votes, but Corderman still leads

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November 9 // Josh Kurtz: Time to name the winners and losers of Election 2018

Winners: Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) and his team. What can you say? The man has a pitch-perfect political antenna and his team has been strategic and relentless about driving his message home. The numbers don’t lie. He’s found the sweet spot, tonally and philosophically, where Marylanders apparently want him to be. And immediately after his sumptuous victory, the court decision on redistricting is the cherry on top. (Md. Matters)

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