40th Legislative District
Location: From Northwest Baltimore's Lower Park Heights corridor to portions of Hampden and Remington, reaching southward to Mount Vernon and Midtown and southwest to Violetville.

Demographics: Adult population of roughly 93,000, two-thirds African-American and about 28 percent white.

 

Senate Incumbent:

Catherine E. Pugh

Campaign cash on hand, as of June 13: $149, 718.15

Background: A Baltimore City Council member when she first joined the General Assembly as an appointed 40th District delegate in 2005, Pugh won the district's open Senate seat in 2006. She owns a public-relations firm and is the board chair of the Baltimore Design School, a public middle school, and the Maryland Center for Arts and Technology, a nonprofit job-training outfit.

Legislative Record: As the Senate's deputy majority leader, chair of the Finance Committee's subcommittees on health and transportation, and chair of the Senate Special Committee on Substance Abuse, Pugh is known for legislating successfully. She sponsored 16 bills that became law this year, including measures to require cardiopulmonary-resuscitation training for public-school students and to establish a state Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Committee.

Campaign finances: Pugh's top donors since 2012 include HFAM MD Nursing Home PAC ($5,000); Baltimore City demolition contractor P&J Contracting ($4,000); Dynis LLC ($4,000), a Columbia-based information-technology company; Ralph A. Small ($3,625), resident of an Ashburton duplex; and Realtors PAC ($3,000).

 

House Incumbents:

Frank M. Conaway Jr.

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

Background: Though he chairs no legislative committees or subcommittees, Conaway Jr.'s familiar last name has been electoral success. His father, Frank M. Conaway Sr., is the longtime elected clerk of the Baltimore City circuit court; his mother, Mary Conaway, was the longtime elected Baltimore City Register of Wills who retired in 2012; and his sister, Belinda Conaway, a former member of the Baltimore City Council who lost re-election in 2011, is now running for Register of Wills.

Conaway Jr. won in 2006 after City Paper reported that his then-wife obtained a domestic-violence protective order against him, swearing in court that he was mentally ill and abusive, and that his campaign committee chair is a crack-cocaine convict. Last year, his estranged son and daughter pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Legislative record: Conaway Jr.'s hallmark is introducing enigmatic bills that rarely become law. In his first term, none of his 94 bills became law. In his second term, two bills—a 2013 measure to bring penalties for various crimes in line with prior changes in the law, and one in 2011 that upped the punishment for distributing Salvia Divinorum—were successful, but none of the 24 bills he sponsored this year passed.

Campaign finances: Conaway Jr.'s committee is essentially inactive, showing a balance of roughly $280. Determining who financially supports his re-election is a guessing game, since it appears to rely on his father's organization.

 

Barbara A. Robinson