45th Legislative District

45th Legislative District (Maps Courtesy of the Maryland Office of Planning / June 19, 2014)

Location: A swath of east/northeast Baltimore from Midtown to the city line, roughly between Harford Rd. and Route 40 East.

Demographics: Adult population of about 89,000, almost 72 percent black and 24 percent white.

 

Incumbent Senator:

Nathaniel J. McFadden

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $15,017.04

Background: As the Senate president pro tem, McFadden is in line to preside over the Senate should its president, Thomas "Mike" Miller, be unable to do so. After serving as a member of the Baltimore City Council in the 1980s, the former educator was elected senator in 1994, and is vice-chair of the Budget and Taxation Committee.

Legislative record: In his current term, McFadden sponsored successful bills to amend liquor laws in his district and to align Baltimore City elections to the presidential election cycle starting in 2016.

Campaign finances: Top McFadden backers since 2012 include various SIEU accounts ($10,000); HFAM Nursing Home PAC ($4,100); O' Say Can You See PAC ($4,000), Gov. Martin O'Malley's campaign committee; the campaign of Baltimore County state Sen. Bobby Zirkin ($4,000); Gary J. Ignatowski ($4,000), an attorney with the Law Offices of Peter Angelos; and Louis J. Kousouris ($4,000), the Baltimore president and principal of the real-estate company Colliers International.

 

House Incumbents:

Talmadge Branch

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: ($16,196.64)

Background: The founder and president of the government- and public-affairs firm Trocha, Branch is majority whip, responsible for rallying his fellow legislators' votes on bills. He was first elected in 1994, winning a seat left open by former state Del. John Douglass.

Legislative record: Branch's successful bills during his current term required law-enforcement agencies to report annually on their use of tasers; established a fund to spur transit-oriented development in Baltimore City; exclude money given away as free promotional play from the definition of casino proceeds; and reformed the Baltimore City liquor board.

Campaign finances: Among Branch's top donors since 2012 are the campaign of Baltimore City Council member Warren Branch ($6,000), his brother; the Birmingham, Alabama-based builder Capstone Building Corp. ($4,000); and three Philadelphia-based firms—the construction company Domus ($5,000), the developer Pennrose Development ($5,000), and the architecture firm Wallace Roberts & Todd ($4,000).

 

Cheryl D. Glenn

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $45,439.40