46th Legislative District

46th Legislative District (Maps Courtesy of the Maryland Office of Planning / June 19, 2014)

Location: Wraps around the waterfront from Hawkins Point to Brooklyn, northward to the Inner Harbor, then eastward to the city line, roughly south of Route 40 East.

Demographics: Adult population of almost 95,000, about 30 percent black and almost 60 percent white.

 

Incumbent Senator:

Bill Ferguson

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $91,059.46

Background: Elected after unseating veteran senator George Della in 2010, Ferguson, a lawyer and former BCPS teacher who now works as director of reform initiatives for the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, serves as Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Transparency and Open Government.

Legislative record: Ferguson's first term was remarkably productive, including successful bills to require public-school boards to inform public charter schools of available school property; establish the joint transparency committee on which he now serves as Senate chair; prohibit Baltimore City from selling property solely due to unpaid water-or-sewer bills; reform state election law and Baltimore City liquor laws; ease student-debt burdens; explore dispute-resolution solutions over disability-discrimination claims involving childcare providers; and establish the State Council on Open Data to implement policies that ease public access to government data.

Campaign finances: Top donors to Ferguson's campaign since 2012 include Katherine B. Bradley ($8,000), co-founder of CityBridge Foundation, which works to boost D.C. public-school performance; George and Betsy Sherman ($8,000), funders of the University of Maryland Baltimore County's Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program; and the New York branch of Democrats for Education Reform ($6,000), which works to improve public schooling. Ferguson also chairs Friends of Team 46 Slate, which is supporting his campaign along with those of incumbent delegates Luke Clippinger and Peter Hammen and delegate candidate Brooke Elizabeth Lierman; as of June 13, it had $34,847.39 on hand after receiving big donations recently from the campaign of Baltimore City sheriff John Anderson ($6,000) and the Baltimore City Sitting Judges Committee Slate ($5,000).

 

House Incumbents:

Luke Clippinger

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $26,645.85

Background: An Anne Arundel County assistant state's attorney, Clippinger in 2010 won the open seat left by retiring state Del. Carolyn Krysiak. As is normal for first-time delegates, he chairs no legislative committees or subcommittees.

Legislative record: Clippinger successfully sponsored a number of substantive bills during his first term, including measures to extend the statute of limitations for prosecuting misdemeanor possession of child pornography; crack down on accident-causing distracted drivers using cellphones; reduce penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana; increase the minimum value of stolen property needed to support a robbery charge; and deter the jailing of those arrested for failure to repay debts.

Campaign finances: Top donors to Clippinger's campaign since 2012 include two SIEU accounts ($4,000); the campaign of state Del. Peter Hammen ($2,608); Steve Kearney ($2,000), Gov. Martin O'Malley's former press secretary who has since co-founded the communications firm Kearney O'Doherty Public Affairs; Scott Helm ($1,500), the man behind Baltimore-based Chesapeake Shakespeare Company; and prominent Baltimore attorney Andrew White ($1,500).

 

Peter A. Hammen

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $68,138.58