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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Mary-Dulany James (Democrat) was a candidate who sought election to the Maryland State Senate to represent District 34. James lost the general election on November 6, 2018, after advancing from the primary on June 26, 2018.


James is a former Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 34A from 1999 to 2015.

Mary-Dulany James graduated from Havre de Grace High School. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and a law degree from the University of Maryland. James' career experience includes working as a partner with the law firm of James and Zink.

Education

  • JD, University of Maryland School of Law, 1986
  • BS, Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, 1981

Professional Experience

  • JD, University of Maryland School of Law, 1986
  • BS, Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, 1981
  • Partner, James & Zink, 2009-present
  • Principal/Partner, Law Offices of Mary-Dulaney James, 2002-2009
  • Partner, Litigation Division, Hodes, Ulman, Pessin and Katz, 2000-2002
  • Associate, Venable, Baetjer and Howard, 1989-2000
  • Partner, Venable, Baetjer and Howard, 1997-1999
  • Law Clerk, Judge Edward S. Northrop, United States District Court, District of Maryland, 1985-1986

Political Experience

  • JD, University of Maryland School of Law, 1986
  • BS, Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, 1981
  • Partner, James & Zink, 2009-present
  • Principal/Partner, Law Offices of Mary-Dulaney James, 2002-2009
  • Partner, Litigation Division, Hodes, Ulman, Pessin and Katz, 2000-2002
  • Associate, Venable, Baetjer and Howard, 1989-2000
  • Partner, Venable, Baetjer and Howard, 1997-1999
  • Law Clerk, Judge Edward S. Northrop, United States District Court, District of Maryland, 1985-1986
  • Candidate, Maryland State Senate, District 34, 2014, 2018
  • Delegate, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1998-2015

Former Committees/Caucuses

Member, Maryland Military Installation Council, 2006-present

Co-Chair, Legislative Committee, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2005-present

Member, Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus, 2003-present

Member, Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 2003-present

Member, Upper Shore Regional Council, 2003-present

Member, Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-present

Member, Maryland Green Caucus, 1999-present

Member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 1999-present

Member, Labor and Economic Development Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2007-present

Member, Maryland Advisory Council to Trust for Public Land

Member, Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005-present

Member, Saint Patrick School Task Force, 1997-present

Member, Maryland Military Installation Strategic Planning Council, 2003-2012

Member, Joint Committee on Base Realignment and Closure, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2008-2010

Member, Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Retiree Health-Care Funding Options, 2007-2009

Member, Economic Development, Trade and Cultural Affairs Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2005-2007

Member, Joint Committee on the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2007

Member, Cecil/Harford Bridges Work Group, 2006

Chair, Oversight Committee on Pensions, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2006

House Chair, Special Joint Committee on Pensions, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2006

Vice Chair, Transportation and the Environment Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2006

Member, Transportation and the Environment Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1999-2006

Co-Chair, Task Force to Study Retiree Health-Care Funding Options, 2005

Member, Commission on Maryland's Fiscal Structure, 2002-2003

Member, Oversight Committee on Personnel, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1999-2003

Member, Oversight Committee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1999-2002

Member, Statewide 800-Mega Hertz (MHz) Communications System Oversight Committee, 1999

Member, Commission for Women, Harford County, 1989-1992

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, University of Maryland School of Law, 1986
  • BS, Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, 1981
  • Partner, James & Zink, 2009-present
  • Principal/Partner, Law Offices of Mary-Dulaney James, 2002-2009
  • Partner, Litigation Division, Hodes, Ulman, Pessin and Katz, 2000-2002
  • Associate, Venable, Baetjer and Howard, 1989-2000
  • Partner, Venable, Baetjer and Howard, 1997-1999
  • Law Clerk, Judge Edward S. Northrop, United States District Court, District of Maryland, 1985-1986
  • Candidate, Maryland State Senate, District 34, 2014, 2018
  • Delegate, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1998-2015
  • Member, Bainbridge Development Advisory Board, 1999-present
  • Member, Maryland Advisory Council to Trust for Public Land, 1998-present
  • Member, Saint Patrick School Task Force, 1997-present
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Harford County Bar Association
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Women's Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Maryland Environmental Trust, 2002-2008
  • Chair, Harford County Delegation, 2001-2002
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Chesapeake Bay Trust, 1996-2000
  • Vice Chair, Harford County Delegation, 1999-2000
  • Director, Harford Land Trust, 1992-1998
  • Director/Treasurer, Sexual Assault Rape Crisis Center, Harford County, 1990-1998
  • Director, Dyslexia Society of Maryland, 1991
Elections

2018

General election
General election for Maryland State Senate District 34

Incumbent Bob Cassilly (R) defeated Mary-Dulany James (D) in the general election for Maryland State Senate District 34 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

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Bob Cassilly (R)
50.1
24,445

Mary-Dulany James (D)
49.7
24,256
Other/Write-in votes
0.2
87

Total votes: 48,788
(100% precincts reporting)
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Maryland State Senate District 34

Mary-Dulany James defeated Barbara Kreamer in the Democratic primary for Maryland State Senate District 34 on June 26, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Mary-Dulany James (D)
74.1
5,812

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Barbara Kreamer (D)
25.9
2,027

Total votes: 7,839
Republican primary election
Republican primary for Maryland State Senate District 34

Incumbent Bob Cassilly advanced from the Republican primary for Maryland State Senate District 34 on June 26, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

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Bob Cassilly (R)
100
5,969

Total votes: 5,969


2014

Elections for the Maryland State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Mary-Dulany James defeated Arthur Helton, Jr. in the Democratic primary, while Bob Cassilly was unopposed in the Republican primary. Cassilly defeated James in the general election.

Maryland State Senate District 34, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Cassilly 57.3% 22,042
Democratic Mary-Dulany James 42.7% 16,459
Total Votes 38,501

Maryland State Senate, District 34 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary-Dulany James 61.1% 4,705
Arthur Helton, Jr. 38.9% 2,997
Total Votes 7,702

2010

James successfully won re-election in the general election on November 2, 2010. She took the first of two seats in the district.

Maryland House of Delegates, District 34A General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mary-Dulany James (D) 12,639
Green check mark transparent.png Glen Glass (R) 10,931
Patrick McGrady (D) 9,889
Marla Posey-Moss (D) 9,745

2006

On November 7, 2006, Mary-Dulany James ran for District 34A of the Maryland House of Delegates, winning the first of two seats, beating B. Daniel Riley, Glen Glass, and Sheryl Kohl.

Mary-Dulany James raised $122,296 for her campaign.

Maryland House of Delegates, District 34A
Candidates Votes Percent
Mary-Dulany James (D) 12,903 31.7%
B. Daniel Riley (D) 11,121 27.3%
Glen Glass (R) 8,554 21.0%
Sheryl Kohl (R) 8,085 19.9%
Write-Ins 22 0.1%