43rd Legislative District
Location: In north/northeast Baltimore, roughly between Charles Street and Harford Road from North Avenue to the city line.

Demographics: Adult population of about 95,000 adults, almost 63 percent black and 30 percent white.

 

Incumbent Senator:

Joan Carter Conway

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $65,548.67

Background: Conway chairs the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee and its health-occupations and labor-licensing-and-regulations subcommittees, while co-chairing its environment subcommittee. After serving as a member of the Baltimore City Council, she was appointed to the Senate after John Pica Jr. retired in 1997. With her husband, Baltimore City liquor inspector Vernon Conway, she co-owns the tax-preparing firm CIG Professional Tax Services.

Legislative record: Conway's legislative duties entail her sponsoring many bills that deal with the regulatory minutiae of government control over various professions and business sectors. Among her many bills that became law during her current term are measures extending minority-business participation in state procurement, tweaking Baltimore City booze laws, and raising fees collected by the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office to significantly boost its staffing and double its annual expense allowance.

Campaign finances: Top donors to Conway's campaign since 2012 include the campaign of Baltimore County state Sen. Bobby Zirkin ($4,000), Forest Hill-based Home Paramount Pest Control ($4,000), the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association PAC ($3,500), and the campaign of Baltimore City Sheriff John Anderson ($3,250), the boss of Conway's daughter Jacqueline Conway, a deputy sheriff lieutenant. Also working to back Conway, the 43rd District's House incumbents, and a slew of DSCC candidates is the newly formed 43rd District Leadership Team Slate.

 

House Incumbents:

Curt Anderson

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $7,889.15

Background: Anderson, a lawyer who chairs Baltimore City's House delegation, heads up the Judiciary Committee's criminal-justice subcommittee. A former broadcast journalist and anchorman who previously served as a delegate between 1983 and 1995, his current incumbency began with his reelection in 2002.

Legislative record: Anderson, a legislative advocate for legalizing marijuana, has achieved significant reforms in criminal law during his current term, including measures to create a path to parole for inmates with life sentences, authorize probation before judgment for second-time drug-possession offenders, and allow convicts to seek a wrongful-conviction ruling despite failing to file a timely appeal.

Campaign finances: Anderson's top financial backers since 2012 include Gus Lambrow ($1,000) of Picorp, an East Baltimore shipping-container company; the pot-legalization advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project ($1,000); and FOP Baltimore Lodge #3 ($500).

 

Maggie McIntosh

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $47,348.28