When the General Assembly session ended, the 2014 campaign began.
Tuesday — the day after Sine Die — was the first day that candidates for congressional and state legislature seats, as well as governor, comptroller and attorney general, could file.
The list of early birds who had filed as of Thursday afternoon was fairly short: Two challengers for the state’s eight congressional seats, two state Senate candidates, and 10 candidates for state delegate.
No candidates had yet filed for governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller or attorney general, but several candidates for each are expected to file.
Montgomery County candidates are already well represented. The entire Democratic District 14 team has filed for re-election: Sen. Karen S. Montgomery and Del. Craig J. Zucker of Brookeville and Del. Anne R. Kaiser of Calverton and Del. Eric G. Luedtke of Burtonsville.
And a new candidate has filed in District 16, which is likely to see a major shake-up as Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Chevy Chase and Del. William C. Frick of Bethesda are both expected to run for attorney general, vacating their General Assembly seats. Jordan P. Cooper of Rockville, a former health policy adviser and aide in the House of Delegates, has thrown his hat in the ring.
Current Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) is expected to run for governor.
In Baltimore, Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (D-Dist. 10) has filed to try and unseat Sen. Verna L. Jones-Rodwell (D-Dist. 44), whose district was redrawn to include parts of Nathan-Pulliam’s current district.
Next year is the first year the primary elections will be held in June — in previous years primaries were in September — setting up the 2014 legislative session as a pre-primary campaign.