As many as three of the St. Mary’s County commissioners might not be aiming to return to their offices after the 2014 election, they indicated Tuesday as they talked of their political plans at a State of the County luncheon hosted by the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce.
County Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R), 60, cannot run for a fourth consecutive term, but he indicated in the past that he might run for the Maryland Senate. “I can guarantee I’m not going to run for county commissioner again,” he said. “Thank God for term limits.”
Instead of aiming to spend each winter in Annapolis, he said, he and his wife may go to the Florida Keys instead. “That warm weather down in southern Florida really looks good to me,” he said.
In the race for the third commissioner district seat now held by Jarboe, representing northern St. Mary’s, Democrat Joseph “Tony” St. Clair and Republican John O’Connor have filed.
Commissioner Cindy Jones (R) is in her first term as county commissioner. Asked what public office she planned to file for in 2014, she said, “Stay tuned. An announcement will be forthcoming shortly.” Some have speculated that Jones, 48, could file in the Republican primary for the state senate seat now held by Roy Dyson (D-St. Mary’s, Calvert, Charles). Steve Waugh of Lusby, who challenged Dyson four years ago, has already filed in the GOP primary.
As of Monday evening, no one had filed for the first county commissioner district, the seat held by Jones representing southern St. Mary’s.
County Commissioner Dan Morris (R), also on his first term said, “I haven’t filed. I don’t even know if I’m going to file. Life is short.” No one has filed yet for the third commissioner district held by Morris, 63, which represents Hollywood and Leonardtown.
Commission President Jack Russell (D), 70, already filed in a bid to keep his job in next year’s election. There are no challengers filed yet in Russell’s bid for a third straight term.
County Commissioner Todd Morgan (R) emphatically told the audience he was running again for re-election. No one else has filed for the fourth commissioner district, representing the Lexington Park area. Morgan, 57, is on his first term.
Candidates have until Feb. 25, 2014, to file for the June 24 primary election in 2014.