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Changing Of Landscape In Eastern Shore Politics

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Del. Addie Eckardt (R) Del. Addie Eckardt (R)
Christopher Robinson Christopher Robinson

CAMBRIDGE, Md. - The landscape of the Eastern Shore delegation is beginning to change this year with the defeat of a longtime senator and other vacant seats.

Del. Addie Eckardt (R) defeated 20-year veteran Richard Colburn, opening up his District 37 seat in the Senate, which means Eckardt's seat in the House is open.

Eckardt says thought about changing her role for the past eight years.

"I thought, well I'm going to go over [to the Senate] or out and have a new adventure either way, so I thought this would be a good time either way," said Eckardt. "You can either have slow, deliberate change or you can have change all at once. There are two philosophies of in change theory and since there was so much change, that kind of was helpful in my thinking to go ahead and add to that."

Eckardt won her primary with 57 percent of the vote. Her opponent, democratic candidate Christopher Robinson ran and lost to Colburn back in 2010. Robinson tells us Colburn's loss was a needed change to the political atmosphere in the Shore.

"You could really see [the change] in the landscape because, physically, I've never seen so many signs here in my life," said Robinson. "I've been practicing law here for 19 years. Every office seemed to be open."

He says he wants to continue pushing the importance of the agricultural and fishing industries on the Shore.

Two other positions are up for grabs this year.

Del. Jeannie Haddaway (R) gave up her seat in District 37B for a lieutenant governor run that fell short. Also, Del. Mike McDermott (R) is running for a seat in the Senate in District 38 against incumbent Sen. Jim Mathias.

"I think having a democrat in the office, taking to concerns of the Eastern Shore to Annapolis where politics in Maryland have primarily been democratic, we would have a person who could go there who knows the issue well and advocate very strong for the people of the 37th District," said Robinson.

Th election is November 4th.

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