45th Legislative District

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

Background: The Maryland political director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters, Glenn holds no leadership positions in the legislature. In the 2006 elections, when she was the Carpenters' lobbyist, she won the seat vacated by the retirement of state Del. Clarence Davis.

Legislative record: Glenn's current term was marked by successful bills to create a way for domestic-violence or sexual-assault victims to get out of their leases; require public parking facilities to allow motorcycles; mandate carbon-monoxide detectors near fuel-fired equipment in schools; amend her district's liquor laws; ease access to provisional driver's licenses; and facilitate access to medical marijuana.

Campaign finances: Top backers of Glenn's campaign since 2012 include the Regional Councils of Carpenters in the Northeast ($6,000), Mid-Atlantic ($2,500), and West Virginia ($2,000), and various accounts of the SEIU ($8,000).


Senate Challenger:

Julius Henson

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $25,242.05

Background: The last time Henson ran for office was 1972, when he lost a race for Baltimore City court clerk. Since his adroit management of the successful 1995 campaign of Baltimore City Comptroller Joan Pratt, quickly followed by Elijah Cummings' Henson-run victory in a special election for U.S. Congress in 1996, Henson's guiding hand has been a prominent force in Maryland electoral contests. His fortunes seemed dashed in 2012, when he was convicted for an illegal Election Day robocall to suppress black votes on behalf of the 2010 gubernatorial campaign of Republican Robert Ehrlich, but Henson now survives to fight another round—this time for himself.

Campaign finances: Henson's top donors include Pratt's campaign ($6,000); Prince George's Business PAC ($4,000); two donors reported to be located at a nonexistent Little Italy address—"KSH Staffers" ($4,000), a company that does not appear in public records, and "SookHun Kimp" ($4,000), about whom no information could be found; "Duele & Unis, Inc." ($4,000), a company not found in public records located at a reported address that doesn't exist; and two companies—"GBMA Inc." ($4,000), not found in public records, and European Upscale Redevelopment ($4,000), headed by Eric Ludwigsen— that are reported to share an address near Eastpoint Mall.


House Challengers:

Marques Dent

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $554.39

Background: The founder of D.E.N.T. Group, a computer-training firm associated with Randallstown-based DJ/tutor Kendrick Tilghman's 5Starr Enterprise LLC, Dent is a U.S. Air Force veteran who until recently served as legislative aide to 44th District state Del. Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr.

Campaign finances: Dent's top donors include Maria Dent ($1,200), a BCPS educator; Gilbert Dent ($4,000) of South Carolina, an Army Corps of Engineers program supervisor; and L. V. Blue ($600) of Charlotte, North Carolina.


Cory V. McCray

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $53,498.01

Background: An electrician and former union organizer for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 24, McCray owns the housing-rental firm McCray Properties. A former member of the Baltimore City Board of Elections, from which he stepped down in order to run in this race, in 2012 McCray was one of the founders of B.E.S.T. Democratic Club, which works to empower young voters and bring forth young political leaders in Maryland.

Campaign finances: Among the top benefactors of McCray's campaign are the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO ($6,000), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers PAC ($6,000), B.U.I.L.D. Building Unions Individual Labor Donations PAC ($2,500), Communications Workers of America COPE – VA ($2,000), and the campaign of Baltimore sheriff John Anderson ($2,000).


Kevin W. Parson

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

Background: Parson is running again, having tried unsuccessfully in 2002, 2006, and 2010 to win the 45th District delegate races, and in 2003 to represent the Baltimore City Council's 13th District, for which he until recently worked as a community and education liaison. An educator with several graduate degrees, Parson, the NAACP Baltimore chapter's director of education, is the CEO of Parsonian Educational Group, a consulting firm, and co-founder of Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy, an all-male Baltimore City public charter middle school.

Campaign finances: Parson's top donors are Epic Lounge ($500), a bar in McElderry Park; Jimmy's Carry Out, an East Baltimore Chinese restaurant; and Northwood resident Henry James ($200).


Harry Spikes

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

Background: An assistant to U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Spikes is vice president of the homeless-advocacy group Community Assistance Network and a board member of Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, which promotes homeownership.

Campaign finances: Spikes' top financial supporters include former Maryland Democratic Party chairman Terry Lierman ($1,200), Cummings' campaign ($1,250), and former political kingmaker and University of Maryland law professor Larry Gibson ($1,000).


Robert Stokes Sr.

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $865.29

Background: A veteran political aide, including to his current boss, Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes (D-12th District), to whom he is not related, Stokes Sr. is a longtime member of the DSCC who over the years has made numerous unsuccessful bids for Baltimore City Council and 45th District delegate.

Campaign finances: Stokes' top financial backers include Carl Stokes' campaign ($3,000), the Greenmount Avenue tavern Melba's Place ($500) and its owner Matthew Bradley ($1,000), and the campaign of Baltimore City sheriff John Anderson ($1,000).


Aaron Keith Wilkes

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

Background: Wilkes, a community activist in his Darley Park base who came up in former state Del. Clarence Davis' Greater East Baltimore Political Organization, ran in 1998 for McFadden's Senate seat and in 2002 for 45th District delegate. In 2010 he sought the appointment to fill the 12th District Baltimore City Council seat left vacant by the ascendency of Bernard "Jack" Young to City Council president. (Van Smith)


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