41st Legislative District

Location: A big chunk of the city's northwest corner, reaching east to Charles Street and south as far as Frederick Road.

Demographics: Adult population of almost 92,000, about 68 percent African-American and a little more than a quarter white.


Senate Incumbent:

Lisa Gladden

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: ($39,795.68)

Background: As the majority whip, the vice chair of the Senate Judicial Proceeding Committee (JPC), and the Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Welfare Reform, Gladden wrangles votes from her Democratic colleagues and helps manage the legislative fate of policy proposals before the JPC. After winning a delegate's seat in 1998, she ousted veteran state Sen. Barbara Hoffman in 2002. An assistant public defender in Baltimore City, she serves on the State's Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy.

Legislative record: Notable among Gladden's successful bills during her current term are measures to deter race-based traffic stops, improve police eyewitness-identification procedures, invalidate and destroy unexecuted warrants and other criminal-process documents, and restore correctional officers' positions and pay once they're acquitted of felony charges. A dog lover, Gladden also sponsored a passel of reforms intended to better the lives of pets.

Campaign finances: Top donors to Gladden's campaign since 2012 include Baltimore City assistant state's attorney Mark Floersheimer ($2,500), Realtors PAC ($1,500), BGE State PAC ($1,000), and SEIU Maryland/DC State Council PAC ($1,000). Also helping her is the Working Together Works for the 41st District Slate ($4,000), a campaign supporting the district's incumbents that has $512.65 on hand as of June 13. Despite her campaign's fundraising efforts, it has for years carried a negative balance.


House Incumbents:

Jill P. Carter

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: Not Available*

Background: An attorney at the Craig Law Group in Baltimore, Carter serves as chair of the juvenile-law subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee and sits on the state Task Force on Juvenile Court Jurisdiction, established after the passage of a bill she sponsored in 2013. First elected as delegate in 2003, she is the founder and president of the defunct Walter P. Carter Foundation, established in honor of her father, a Baltimore-based civil rights leader.

Legislative record: Carter's successful bills in her current term include measures to address child-custody issues, establish parent-or-guardian notification procedures when a minor is charged or arrested, set search protocols in missing-children cases, improve required police training, increase pay for Baltimore City Orphans' Court Judges, and give judges greater latitude to transfer criminal cases to juvenile court.

Campaign finances: Carter's re-election campaign has not raised or spent sufficient funds to require filing reports since 2012, and it failed to file a required report in late May, so if it has any financial backers, they remain undisclosed.


Nathaniel T. Oaks

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $174,747.73

Background: Oaks, who was a delegate in the 1980s until convicted of theft for double billing expenses to the state and his campaign-finance committee, and has served again since his 1994 re-election, has no leadership positions in the legislature. He is a manager of state accounts for the Injured Workers Insurance Fund (IWIF), the state's workers-compensation insurance provider.

Legislative record: Oaks' successful legislation in his current term include creating a binding arbitration process for labor negotiations between Baltimore City and the police union and measures to reduce lead poisoning, stop Baltimore City from selling property solely because of outstanding water-and-sewer bills, change Baltimore City election dates to align with presidential elections, alter the membership of Morgan State University's board of regents, and reform rules for minority-business enterprises.

Campaign finances: Oaks' top benefactors since 2012 include Ivory Champ ($1,660), IWIF board-member Ivory Tucker's company; the Fraternal Order of Police Baltimore Lodge #3 ($1,000), the Baltimore City police union; and Major Riddick ($582), who runs a government consulting firm and was chief of staff for Parris Glendening when he was Maryland's governor.


Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $21,151.66

Background: A delegate since 1983, Rosenberg is an attorney and adjunct law professor at the University of Baltimore and University of Maryland law schools. He serves as House chair of a joint committee that evaluates state agency regulations.

Legislative record: A prolific legislator who sponsors many successful bills every session, highlights of his current term include measures to help student-loan recipients repay their debts; assist seniors and disabled people with housing issues; establish student internships; and promote agriculture.

Campaign finances: Rosenberg's biggest benefactors were 1199 SEIU – NYC Political Action Fund ($2,000); the healthcare computer-programming company Cyfluent ($1,000); Babette Lubben ($1,000), a scion of Baltimore's Hecht family, which founded a department-store chain; his brother, Stewart Rosenberg ($1,000); and Subway restaurants developer James W. Smith ($1,000), a founding board member of Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School.


Senate Challenger:

Will Hanna

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: Not Available*

Background: A U.S. Army veteran who runs the New Park Heights Community Development Corporation and the Baltimore Land Trust Development Group (BLTDG), an affordable-housing company, Hanna in 2010 ran unsuccessfully for delegate in the 40th Legislative District. In that race, he claimed to have helped pass funding legislation for the Zeta Center for Healthy and Active Aging and a bill to prohibit liquor stores in the Park Heights area from selling alcohol before 9 a.m. Debt and traffic problems have dogged him in the courts for years, as have occasional criminal charges for drug possession and assault, none of which have resulted in convictions.

Campaign finances: Hanna has lent $40,000 to his campaign, and his top donors are in-kind office rent from BLTDG ($4,000), the Northwest Baltimore tavern Five Mile House ($2,100), and FOP Baltimore Lodge #3 ($500).


House Challengers:

Michael Pearson

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: Not Available*

Background: An Irvington resident, Pearson has prior unsuccessful bids under his belt for state delegate, Baltimore City Council, and the DSCC.

Campaign finances: Pearson's campaign did not raise or spend enough money to require filing a report.


Joyce J. Smith

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $882.69

Background: Elected to the 41st District DSCC in 2006 and 2010, Smith is a retired residential loan officer and vice president of Woman Power Inc., a long-standing force among African-American women in Baltimore that was co-founded by the late Baltimore City Councilwoman Victorine Adams, a local civil rights pioneer.

Campaign finances: Since 2012, top donors to Smiths' campaign include Smith herself ($1,150); the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters ($1,000), where Smith's sister, 45th District state delegate Cheryl Glenn, works as Maryland political director; CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield executive Wanda Oneferu-Bey ($750); and Glenn's re-election campaign ($500).


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