Maryland Democrats Want All Gubernatorial Candidates on Primary Ballot

May 31, 2018

Annapolis, MD—With one month until the election, the Maryland Democratic Party supports efforts to do whatever is necessary and practical to ensure that all the Democratic candidates who have legally filed for governor be included on the Maryland primary ballot. Maryland law sets forth clear options to allow the ballot to include Democratic gubernatorial candidate Valerie Ervin and her running mate, Marisol Johnson, who filed after the death of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. 


Party Chair Kathleen Matthews issued the following statement: 


“Democratic primary voters are excited to choose our nominee from a strong field of candidates to represent the party and defeat Larry Hogan in November, and they deserve to have clear information about the Democratic field when they go to the polls. After consulting with our attorneys and with the Democratic National Committee’s voter protection department, and as new details emerged regarding the State Board of Elections’ plans and procedures, the Democratic Party believes that Maryland law requires the Maryland Board of Elections to do everything in its power to list all eligible gubernatorial candidates and to conduct a smooth election process for all voters. Voters deserve nothing less.”