While redistricting is still up in the air, incumbent Del. Ric Metzgar (R-6) has again filed to run for his seat in the Maryland House of Delegates, kicking off the campaign season with a fundraiser last week.
“I stay focused. I stay transparent. I stay with my vision, I stay with my integrity,” Metzgar said this week, having filed last Friday alongside Sen. Johnny Ray Salling (R-6).
While district lines are still up in the air for the coming election, and possible district proposals show Dundalk merged into downtown Baltimore City and parts of Essex merged into a district with Towson, Metzgar, who lives in Essex, said he would “represent all of those areas well” no matter where his district lines are drawn as maps are finalized, although “it would make more sense” if his district went up to Chase and better reflected Southeast Baltimore County.
Over his years at the General Assembly, Metzgar, who was first elected in 2014, cited his efforts to allow voluntary prayer at public schools in Baltimore County, tax breaks for seniors, discount rates for veterans and first responders and working with Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration to cut taxes as his greatest accomplishments in office.
“My hope is that we can continue what we’re doing, and to a broader level,” Metzgar said. “I want to bring more jobs, and I want to bring families together, and focus again on education. Education is vital.”
As far as education, Metzgar said he wants to focus on “bring[ing] the trades back.”
“I want to focus on bringing manufacturing to Maryland, particularly into the Dundalk, and Baltimore area,” he said.
The pastor said his “vision” for the area is to “continue growth with jobs, continue building new homes, priced homes, create industry, and renew the older neighborhoods” with added foot retail traffic in Dundalk and Essex.
District maps will be settled during the General Assembly’s session next spring, and possibly through the courts afterward. The 2022 primary elections are currently scheduled for June 28, 2022.