So far, all the announced Democratic candidates for Delegate in District 12 have hailed from Howard County. And they are doctors! Those would be Clarence Lam and Terri Hill, of course.
While it's true that more of the voting population in District 12 lives in Howard County, southwest Baltimore County is far from a Democratic wasteland. It's where Delegates Jim Malone and Steve Deboy reside. Although, the knock on them has been that they're not the sort of Democrats Howard Countians would support, and by association, it would be almost impossible for Howard County to embrace a Baltimore County Democrat, wouldn't it?
Uh, not so fast. Because today, one year from the Democratic Primary of 2014, Baltimore County has a Democratic candidate for District 12. And from his issues, he looks like the sort of Democrat Howard County could support. His name is Brian Bailey and his campaign website is here.
I know Brian from an organization I helped start that he was part of in college at UMBC, called Maryland Student Legislature. He is a UMBC graduate in Political Science and has done impressive things in the Baltimore County Democratic Party. He also ran unsuccessfully for County Council in District 1 in Baltimore County in 2010. So he does have a political base in Baltimore County. And in District 12 in Howard County-- well his last name is Bailey, although he is unrelated to District 12 Democratic Primary candidate in 2010 John Bailey, who has since moved out of state.
So a skilled candidate has emerged from Baltimore County who can likely raise a decent amount of money and him I am sure, knows he has to get himself out and about in Howard County, and acquaint himself to the Howard County way of life. I don't see Brian Bailey as someone who will present a "take me or leave me" attitude to Howard County residents, as some other Baltimore County candidates for District 12 have. No, rather I see him as quite adaptable. I believe his candidacy will be formidable.
So now there are three candidates. The field at this size would make the Democratic Primary academic. Let's see for how long that remains the case.