Former Cardin Aide Declares Candidacy

Shelly Hettleman officially launched her campaign for District 11 delegate Dec. 15 at Pikes Diner.

Hettleman will try to fill the spot left open by Del. Jon Cardin’s run for attorney general. A former campaign manager for Sen. Ben Cardin, Hettleman is a native of the Pikesville area, where she serves on the board of directors of Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

“A woman with Shelly’s character and commitment to public service will represent our community well in Annapolis,” Sen. Cardin said in a statement.

In addition to working for six years as Cardin’s campaign manager, Hettleman co-led the Maryland Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign to re-elect the Democratic congressional delegation, worked as legislative assistant in Cardin’s office while he was a congressman, served on Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s campaign staff and worked as director of government relations for the Baltimore Jewish Council.

Hettleman was the first program director at CHANA and was a senior member of the planning team at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. She also helped to launch the Jewish Women’s Archive’s “Weaving Women’s Words: Baltimore Stories” exhibition.

“It will be an honor to represent the people of the 11th District, and I will work tirelessly to earn their trust,” Hettleman said in a statement.

Among her stated goals for District 11 are improved public education, an increase in public involvement in government and expanded early childhood care and education.

Hettleman will face Democratic incumbents Dan Morhaim and Dana Stein in addition to Democrat Don Engel in a November election that will fill the three District 11 seats. As of now, no Republicans have stepped forward to run.

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