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Maryland, State Senate, District 26

Maryland State Senate District 26
Current incumbentObie Patterson Democratic Party
Population30,492
Race78.72% Black, 9.96% White, 4.39% Asian, 3.85% Other, 2.72% Two or More Races, 0.30% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.05% Pacific Islander

Maryland's twenty-sixth state senate district is held by Democratic Senator Obie Patterson.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 30,492 civilians reside within Maryland's twenty-sixth state senate district. Maryland state senators represent an average of 128,180 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 122,842 residents.

About the office

Members of the Maryland State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Maryland legislators assume office the second Wednesday in January after the election.

Qualifications

Section 9 of Article 3 of the Maryland Constitution states, "A person is eligible to serve as a Senator or Delegate, who on the date of his election, (1) is a citizen of the State of Maryland, (2) has resided therein for at least one year next preceding that date, and (3) if the district which he has been chosen to represent has been established for at least six months prior to the date of his election, has resided in that district for six months next preceding that date.

If the district which the person has been chosen to represent has been established less than six months prior to the date of his election, then in addition to (1) and (2) above, he shall have resided in the district for as long as it has been established.

A person is eligible to serve as a Senator, if he has attained the age of twenty-five years, or as a Delegate, if he has attained the age of twenty-one years, on the date of his election."

Salaries

State legislators
SalaryPer diem
$50,330/year$106/day for lodging; $47/day for meals.

Vacancies

The Governor is responsible for filling all vacancies in the senate.

The Governor has 30 days after the vacancy to make an appointment based on the recommendations of the political party committee that holds the vacant seat. The political party committee has up to 30 days after the vacancy to submit a list of recommended candidates to the Governor. If the party committee fails to act within the 30 day deadline, the Governor has 15 days to appoint a person from the political party that last held the seat.

The person appointed to the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.

Elections

2018

General election
General election for Maryland State Senate District 26

Obie Patterson (D) defeated Ike Puzon (R) in the general election for Maryland State Senate District 26 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

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Obie Patterson (D)
92.5
42,929

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Ike Puzon (R)
7.1
3,280
Other/Write-in votes
0.4
183

Total votes: 46,392
(100% precincts reporting)
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Maryland State Senate District 26

Obie Patterson defeated Jamila Woods in the Democratic primary for Maryland State Senate District 26 on June 26, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

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Obie Patterson (D)
58.1
11,516

Jamila Woods (D)
41.9
8,321

Total votes: 19,837
Republican primary election
Republican primary for Maryland State Senate District 26

Ike Puzon advanced from the Republican primary for Maryland State Senate District 26 on June 26, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

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Ike Puzon (R)
100
439

Total votes: 439


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. Incumbent C. Anthony Muse defeated Jerry Mathis, Veronica Turner and Brian Woolfolk in the Democratic primary, while Kelley Howells was unopposed in the Republican primary. Muse defeated Howells in the general election.

Maryland House of Delegates District 26, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngC. Anthony Muse Incumbent 89.8% 29,753
Republican Kelley Howells 10.2% 3,370
Total Votes 33,123

Maryland State Senate, District 26 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngC. Anthony Muse Incumbent 50.7% 7,676
Veronica Turner 33% 5,002
Brian Woolfolk 8.9% 1,351
Jerry Mathis 7.4% 1,116
Total Votes 15,145

2010

Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 14, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 6, 2010. Incumbent C. Anthony Muse (D) was unopposed in the general election and defeated Albert Chatmon in the Democratic primary.

Campaign contributions

From 2002 to 2014, candidates for Maryland State Senate District 26 raised a total of $953,488. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $63,566 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maryland State Senate District 26
Year Amount Candidates Average
2014 $257,968 5 $51,594
2012 $11,475 1 $11,475
2010 $101,125 2 $50,563
2008 $57,956 1 $57,956
2006 $288,063 2 $144,032
2004 $50,213 1 $50,213
2002 $186,688 3 $62,229
Total $953,488 15 $63,566