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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

Background: A federal lobbyist for Johns Hopkins University, McIntosh has been chair of the Environmental Matters Committee since 2003. She became a delegate by appointment in 1992, upon Anne Perkins' retirement, after working on the campaigns of Maryland U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and then-Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis's presidential bid.

Legislative record: McIntosh's current term has been marked by successful bills to reform land-use planning and zoning, establish a native-tree planting program, and deter the introduction of non-native nuisance organisms, which can wreak ecological havoc. This year, she ushered through a series of Baltimore City real-estate tax bills intended to retain Baltimore City homeowners and assure tax-exempt properties are deemed so properly.

Campaign finances: Top McIntosh backers since 2012 include the campaign of Baltimore/Howard counties state Del. James Malone ($4,665.64), the vice chair of her committee; Realtors PAC ($4,000); the Home Builders Association PAC ($4,000); and Kathleen McDermott ($4,000), a partner at the international law firm Morgan Lewis.

 

Mary Washington

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $46,645.24

Background: Washington, a Johns Hopkins University sociology Ph.D., is the former director of HousingStat at the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and currently works for the parks-advocacy group Parks and People Foundation as an associate director. After winning the open seat left vacant in 2010 by the retirement of Anne Marie Doory, Washington joined the Appropriations Committee. As is normal for first-term legislators, she holds no leadership positions in the legislature.

Legislative record: During her first term, Washington successfully sponsored bills to deter harassment via instant messaging and Facebook, protect employees and applicants from having to give account passwords to employers, give greater rights to potential buyers in rental-purchase agreements, better understand and address issues involving homeless youngsters, end the shackling of women inmates during the birthing process, and reform disciplinary procedures for state workers.

Campaign finances: Washington's top financial backers since 2012 include SEIU Maryland/DC State Council PAC ($3,000); Tiffany Muller ($2,801.50), chief of staff for Florida Congressman Patrick Murphy (D); D.C.-based attorney Bruce Lehman ($2,225), former commissioner of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; and Greg Rex ($2,025), an information-technology project leader at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

 

Senate Challengers:

Bill Henry

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $22,637.91

Background: Since his 2007 election to represent the Baltimore City Council's 4th District, Henry has become chair of the Housing and Community Development Committee and vice chair of two committees: Education and Youth, and Taxation, Finance, and Economic Development. The former chief of staff for Lawrence Bell when he was City Council president in the 1990s, Henry, who has a master's degree in business administration and finance, used to work at the Patterson Park Community Development Corporation.

Legislative record: Henry has been an independent-minded voice on the council, at times seeking to weaken the city's strong-mayor system of government and opposing large incentives for waterfront development. His successful bills in recent years include measures to amend the development plan for Belvedere Square; ban kiosks where consumers can automatically sell mobile devices, which had been blamed for driving up thefts of cell phones and tablets; deter illegal placement of signs on public property; and amend zoning to allow for two secondhand stores in his district.

Campaign finances: Top Henry donors since 2012 include retired Under Armour executive J. Scott Plank ($2,780), the campaign of Baltimore City Councilman Jim Kraft ($2,000), FOP Baltimore Lodge #3 ($2,000), the Baltimore Washington Construction and Public Employees Laborers PAC ($2,000), and Michael J. Byrne ($2,000) and Shannon Colton ($2,000) of Colorado technology company Blue Engine Group.

 

House Challenger:

Timothy Vance

Background: A Timonium auto-parts store manager, Vance bills himself as "just a regular citizen of Baltimore" who wants voters to "let the government know they work for the people who elected them."

Campaign finances: Vance's campaign committee, formed in February, did not raise or spend sufficient campaign cash to kick in reporting requirements.

 

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