EASTON — The candidate pool for the upcoming election is growing for Maryland’s First District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Although four people — two Republicans and two Democrats — have officially filed to run, there are others who have verbally thrown their hat into the ring and promised to run for office. First District incumbent, U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican, has yet to file for re-election, although the filing deadline is not until Feb. 27.
Anyone facing Harris in both primary and general elections have had uphill battles in recent years. In the 2016 primary election, Harris beat three other Republicans — one was a former state delegate for District 36 — by gaining more than 78 percent of the vote. In the 2016 general election, when Harris faced off against Democrat Joe Werner, who didn’t do much campaigning on the Eastern Shore, and Libertarian Matt Beers, Harris received more than 67 percent of the vote.
Harris has seen similar general election success since 2012, after beating Democrat Frank Kratovil in a tighter 2010 First District election.
Two Eastern Shore Republicans — one from Queen Anne’s County and another from Caroline County — have officially filed to run against Harris in the primary, which is on June 26.
One is Chester resident Martin Elborn, a U.S. Army veteran who was deployed to Iraq with the 82nd Airborne and has said he’s concerned for working class Americans. Another is Lamont Taylor, currently a Caroline County resident but Oxford native, who built a local business and then wrote a book about it, called “A Raw Business Sense,” which is carried on Amazon and at The News Center in Easton.
One Democrat who has officially filed to run for the First District seat is Steve Worton, a Harford County resident who, according to his website, entered the race after Republican efforts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Another is Jesse Colvin, a Baltimore native and former Army Ranger who holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and on his website touts his bipartisan marriage and experience in the private business sector.
But two other Democrats have verbally confirmed that they are running for Congress — Talbot County resident Mike Pullen and Harford County resident Allison Galbraith.
Galbraith, who owns a small businesses and specializes in federal contracting, made the official announcement in May that she would run for Congress, and made stops up and down the Shore.
Pullen, a Bernie Sanders delegate in the 2016 presidential election and former attorney for the Talbot County Council and government, announced his candidacy in August, but started getting more politically active in the months leading up to his announcement with the group Talbot Rising.
Harris’ office did not respond to emails asking about if he plans to run again or his thoughts on the growing candidate pool.