Ocean City Today

Hogan could join Carozza for Nov. 19 announcement

Meeting to end months of speculation into delegate’s plans for 2018 election
By Brian Gilliland | Nov 16, 2017
Mary Beth Carozza

(Nov. 17, 2017) Though unconfirmed by the governor’s media office, campaign officials for Delegate Mary Beth Carozza announced Gov. Larry Hogan would be on hand for a “special announcement” at Ocean City Elementary School on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Carozza, who took office in 2014, is expected to announce her formal plans for the 2018 election. Among her options are to remain a delegate for another term, challenge Sen. Jim Mathias for the District 38 seat, or challenge Rep. Andy Harris for his congressional seat.

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.

If those five seats are flipped, a nearly century old veto-proof majority in the State Senate will have been broken.

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

Throughout her term, Carozza has been a vocal supporter of Hogan and his administration.

“I believe all of my past family and public service experiences have led me to this announcement,” Carozza said Wednesday, breaking months-long silence on the topic.

For most of her career prior to being elected as a delegate, Carozza worked for congressional Republicans. She also served in the Ehrlich administration.

Once Carozza announces her intentions, several other local elected officials are expected to file their own papers for election or re-election, depending on the office she ends up seeking.

Several local and regional politicians, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they were eyeing the delegate’s chair should Carozza seek a different office.

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