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Carozza will announce next political steps in OC, Nov. 19

Delegate plans to discuss intentions for ‘18 election during gathering at school
By Brian Gilliland | Nov 02, 2017
Mary Beth Carozza

(Nov. 3, 2017) Though she has scheduled and canceled similar announcements in the past two months, Delegate Mary Beth Carozza (R-38C) is expected to reveal her intentions for the 2018 election on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Ocean City Elementary School at 2 p.m.

Carozza’s political future has been the subject of much speculation since a piece in the Washington Post in May highlighted the Republican “Drive for Five” plan to unseat five sitting Democratic senators — one of whom is Jim Mathias (D-38).

Mathias said he intends to run again, though he has yet to file the paperwork with the Worcester County Board of Elections.

“I have been encouraged by local residents to run and serve as state senator, and I have not made a decision. My decision will be based on how I can best work with Gov. Hogan to advance our shore priorities, strong local support, discussions with family, and prayer,” Carozza said in May.

Carozza did not respond to a request for an updated comment on her plans.

Carozza’s name has been mentioned as a possible challenger to Mathias, and several other elected officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they were waiting on the delegate’s decision before making their own announcements.

The Drive for Five effort is intended to disrupt a nearly century old veto-proof majority in the legislature. The GOP, cited in a May Washington Post article, said it was focusing on Gov. Larry Hogan’s popularity along with a perceived splintering of Democrats to push through more Republican legislators.

The Democrats, cited in the same article, thought the opposition to President Donald Trump would be strong enough to bring their members out in force.

The most recent Gallup poll on the issue, released on Monday, put the president’s approval rating at 33 percent.

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