Candidate Housing Questionnaire: Maryland Governor, State Delegates, and State Senators

You may remember the last candidate questionnaire from the Baltimore City election cycle. This time, candidates who are running for Governor, State Delegate, and State Senator have been asked similar questions regarding housing issues in Baltimore.  Links to their responses are below, in the order in which they were received, under each office and district heading (where applicable).

The Rules

Each candidate was sent an email that contained four questions, the fourth being open-ended. They were asked to respond by Friday, March 9th at 5 PM. The emails were sent to their email address of record, on the Maryland State Board of Elections website. Emails that bounced were not resent, nor were alternate means of contact used.

Each candidate was also sent a series of reminders about the impending deadline, to the same email address used to send the original questionnaire email. Please keep in mind that the responses below have not been edited, and they appear as they were received, with two exceptions: links were removed, and all responses were formatted for the website. They appear in the order in which they were received, under their respective headings.

The Questions

  1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. Do you have additional ideas for cleaning up the blight that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose to pay for your plan?
  2. The two fastest-growing income groups in Baltimore are those who earn $75,000 and up, and those who earn $25,000 and below. Middle-income families, who earn approximately $41,000, are struggling to afford rental housing. How do you propose to keep median-income renters from leaving the city without pushing them into homeownership they may not want or be able to afford?
  3. How do you plan to address lead paint poisoning in our city, a problem that has a disparate impact on low-income Black families? (Gubernatorial candidates were asked a similar question: How do you plan to address lead paint poisoning across our state?)
  4. Is there anything else voters should know about your approach to affordable and safe housing?

The Candidates’ Responses

Governor of Maryland

Ian Schlankman (Green)

Alec Ross (D)

Jim Shea (D)

Rich Madaleno (D)

The following candidates did not respond: Larry Hogan (R, incumbent), Rushern Baker (D), Ben Jealous (D), Kevin Kamenetz (D), James Hugh Jones II (D), Krish Vingnarajah (D), and Shawn Quinn (Libertarian).

State Senator: District 40

Barbara A. Robinson (D, incumbent)

Antonio Hayes (D) did not respond.

State Senator: District 41

JD Merrill (D)

Jill P. Carter (D)

Nathaniel Oaks (D, incumbent, did not respond)

State Senator: District 43

Mary Washington (D)

Joan Carter Conway (D, incumbent, did not respond)

State Senator: District 44

The following candidates did not respond: Victor Clark Jr. (R), Aletheia McCaskill (D), Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (D, incumbent)

State Senator: District 45

Nathaniel McFadden (D, incumbent)

Cory McCray (D, did not respond)

State Senator: District 46

Christine Digman (R)

Bill Ferguson (D, incumbent, did not respond)

House of Delegates: District 40

Melissa Wells (D)

Westley West (D)

Gabriel Auteri (D)

Sarah Matthews (D)

The following candidates did not respond: Anees Abdul-Rahim (D), Terrell Boston-Smith (D), Frank M. Conaway, Jr. (D, incumbent), Blair DuCray (D), Latia Hopkins (D), Timothy Mercer (D), Nick Mosby (D, incumbent), Brian Murphy (D), Sanjay Thomas (D)

House of Delegates: District 41

Sandy Rosenberg (D, incumbent)

Dalya Attar (D)

Sean Stinnett (D)

Joyce J. Smith (D)

Tessa Hill-Alston (D)

The following candidates did not respond: Bilal Ali (D, incumbent), Tony Bridges (D), Richard Bruno (D), Angela C. Gibson (D, incumbent), Walter J. Horton (D), George E. Mitchell (D)

House of Delegates: District 43

Dong Shen (D)

Nilesh Kalyanaraman (D)

Maggie McIntosh (D, incumbent)

Curt Anderson (D, incumbent)

The following candidates did not respond: Regina T. Boyce (D), Kelly Fox (D), Urcille Goddard (D), Destinee Parker (D), Bonnie Lane (Green)

House of Delegates: District 44A

Keith Haynes (D, incumbent)

House of Delegates: District 45

Rita Church (D)

John Amankwah (D)

Sharon McCollough (D)

The following candidates did not respond: Ronald M. Owens-Bey (R), Jewel Rucker (R), Andy Zipay (R), Talmadge Branch (D, incumbent), Marques Dent (D), Cheryl D. Glenn (D, incumbent), Linzy Jackson (D), George Johns0n (D), Andy Pierre (D), Stephanie Smith (D), Caylin Young (D) Glenn L. Ross (Green)

House of Delegates: District 46

Brooke Lierman (D, incumbent)

Robbyn Lewis (D, incumbent)

Dea Thomas (D)

Luke Clippinger (D, incumbent)

The following candidates did not respond: Jeremy Baron (R), Nicholas Wentworth (R), Nate Lowenthiel (D), Scotty Christopher Womer (D)