Delegate Mary-Dulany James Retains Seat
Havre de Grace resident wins fourth term in District 34A race; Glen Glass has grasp on second spot over McGrady, Posey-Moss
Mary-Dulany James won a fourth term for state delegate in District 34A Tuesday night, leading a pack of four candidates for two positions in Annapolis.
James had 29 percent of the votes in the four-person race for two seats with 10 percent of precincts left to report at 1 a.m. Wednesday
The Havre de Grace native stood behind what she called a positive campaign.
"I look at this as a huge victory for me. One, they responded to me. And two, I didn't have to go negatively," James said. "I tribute that to my voters. I think they do respond. If they're given a choice, they will choose [the positive campaign.]"
James initially won the seat in 1998, and was re-elected in 2002 and 2006.
Glass was leading the other seat with 27-of-30 precincts reporting. Glass had 10,347 votes (25.34 percent) to lead McGrady's 9,310 (22.8 percent) and Posey-Moss's 9,203 (22.54 percent). Ten percent of precincts had yet to report.
Posey-Moss ousted two-term Democrat B. Dan Riley in the primary election.
The highest two finishers earn seats, regardless of party affiliation.
James initially won the seat in 1998, and was re-elected in 2002 and 2006. The product of Havre de Grace High School comes from a lineage of politicians. James' father, William S. James, was president of the Maryland Senate and served as the State Treasurer. Her mother's side of the family included two politicians by the name of John Dulany who played significant roles in 18th century Maryland.
She had an early indication of good news Tuesday with the release of early voting numbers, though she wasn't ready to claim victory until the numbers became more conclusive.
"I'm beginning to think early voting is like a poll," James said. "Maybe from here on out, early voting might be a pretty telling thing."