MECHANICSVILLE, MD – Jack Bailey, a St. Mary’s County resident and retired Maryland Natural Resources Police Sergeant, filed his candidacy for State Senate in District 29, which encompasses all of St. Mary’s County and the southern tip of Calvert County. He will face off against Senator Stephen Waugh, a Calvert County resident, in the Republican primary race.

“St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties deserve a Senator who will work as a full-time ally to Governor Larry Hogan and support the Governor’s common sense agenda,” said Bailey. “Unfortunately, my opponent has too often voted against the interests of our district and all of Maryland. We need a new voice.”

Bailey specifically pointed to his opponent’s vote to override Governor Hogan’s veto of legislation that would have prohibited colleges from asking about criminal history on student applications, and his support for a bill that would allow foreign election observers into polling places.

“The safety of our students in our schools and on campuses must be a top priority. But my opponent, the only Republican to break with Governor Hogan on the bill, decided to join the liberals in Annapolis prohibiting colleges from inquiring about violent criminal history when considering applicants,” said Bailey. “That makes our dormitories and campuses less safe, and it defies common sense.”

Bailey also took exception to his opponent’s recent vote in committee to support a bill sponsored by Montgomery County Democratic Senator Cheryl Kagan that would have invited foreign officials into polling places to monitor our elections.

“At a time when we need to be increasing security around our elections, my opponent voted to invite foreign nationals into our polling places” said Bailey. “That’s the wrong direction.”

Bailey retired from the Maryland Natural Resources Police in 2017 after 30 years of service. He is now an instructor and coach for the International Conservation Chiefs Academy where he is tasked with training conservation officers from around the world on how to combat international and domestic illegal wildlife trafficking. He also serves as president of the Maryland Wildlife Crime Stoppers, a charitable organization to increase public participation in combating wildlife crimes.

Image courtesy of Jack Baily for Maryland Senate