Jim Mathias Running Full Speed for State Senate, (Seven Weeks To Election Day)

Posted on September 15, 2010


Mathias Wins Democratic Primary in District 38
Del. Jim Mathias won a landslide endorsement from Lower Eastern Shore Democrats in Tuesday’s Primary Election, picking up needed momentum in his campaign for Maryland State Senate.


Mathias, who was Ocean City mayor before he became a delegate to the General Assembly, won 86 percent of the vote, defeating Charles Mickey Lehrer of Crisfield. The vote was Mathias, 7,420, and Leher, 1,228.

Mathias plans to kick off the next stage of his campaign with a whirlwind tour of Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties on Thursday, September 16, leading up to the grand opening of his campaign headquarters in Berlin Thursday evening. Here’s the schedule:

Berlin Fire Department, 214 North Main Street, Berlin, MD 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Francis Scott Key Family Resort, 12806 Ocean Gateway Ocean City, MD 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Goldborough’s Marine, Inc., 709 West Main Street, Crisfield, MD 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Chesapeake Boats, 27271 Holland Crossing Road, Marion Station, MD 12 noon – 12:45 p.m.
MaTech, 510 Naylor Mill Road, Salisbury, MD 2:25 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
Grand Opening of Jim Mathias for Maryland Senate 38 Campaign Office, 10445 Old Ocean City Boulevard, Berlin, MD 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m


The tour takes Mathias to businesses and organizations across the three-county district.  He will tour the facilities and talk with owners and employees about the current business climate and issues important to them.

The tour will wrap up in Berlin where Mathias invites all to join with his family and friends at the Grand Opening of his campaign headquarters. Refreshments will be served.
District 38 Senate Election
Mathias will face Republican Michael James in the Nov. 2 General Election for State Senate in District 38, which includes all of Worcester and Somerset Counties and a large part of Wicomico County. The mostly rural and conservative district on the Lower Eastern Shore is one of the largest legislative districts, by land area, in Maryland. It is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Chesapeake Bay on the west, and it includes Ocean City, Ocean Pines, Berlin, Snow Hill, Pocomoke City, Princess Anne, Crisfield, and parts of the city of Salisbury.

District 38 is one of the state’s swing districts, with Democrats holding perhaps a slight edge over Republicans. Democrats, Republicans and Independents in the district all tend to be on the conservative side of the political spectrum. But extremism is shunned by most voters, who nearly universally claim a “common-sense” approach to politics. Conservatism in District 38 is tempered by a broadly held concern for the environment.

The 2010 election in District 38 will likely be one of the hardest fought, and perhaps among the most expensive, in Maryland. The Senate seat is currently held by Republican Sen. J. Lowell Stoltzfus, who is not running for re-election.
Mathias Crab Feast Saturday
On Saturday, Sept. 18, Jim Mathias will be holding an Old-Fashioned Eastern Shore Crab Feast at the Ward Museum Pavilion, 909 South Schumaker Dr., in Salisbury, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.  The cost is $250 Sponsor (Includes 5 Tickets), $25 Guest. Free for children six and under. The event, which is catered by Higgins Crab House, will be held rain or shine.

For more information, call 1-866-838-0037 or email  info@riceconsultingllc.com.

— John Hayden