Zirkin, Morhaim, Stein form re-election ticket

With much of the General Assembly in flux in the run-up to the 2014 election, Baltimore County's 11th District is what passes for an oasis of stability.

Sen. Robert A. Zirkin, Del. Dan K. Morhaim and Del. Dana Stein -- all Democrats -- announced yesterday that they would run for re-election as a slate. That leaves one likely vacancy in the delegation because Del. Jon Cardin is expected to seek the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

Zirkin, Morhaim and Stein also ran as a team in 2010. Zirkin, 42, was first elected to the Senate in 2006 after having served two terms as a delegate from the Northwest Baltimore County district.

Morhaim, 64, has served in the House since 1995 and is the General Assembly's only physician. Stein, 54, served an abbreviated term as an appointed delegate in 2002 and won election in his own right in 2006.

All three won re-election by comfortable margins in 2010.

Morhaim said no decision has been made on whether the incumbent team would add a third delegate candidate to the ticket.

Zirkin is a lawyer in private practice. Stein is an attorney and adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore.

Several other districts in the region are expected to have significant turnover in the next election. In the 12th District, which straddles the Howard-Baltimore county line, all three Democratic delegates are retiring. In the redrawn 44th, which includes parts of Baltimore County and city, Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam is challenging Sen. Verna Jones-Rodwell in the Democratic primary.

Two Howard County senators will not return. Democrat James Robey is retiring in the 13th. Republican Allan Kittleman, representing the 9th, is running for Howard County executive.

In Harford County, Republican Sen. Nancy Jacobs is retiring and fellow GOP Sen. Barry Glassman is running for county executive.