Brochin Bids Farewell to Pikesville

Sen. Jim Brochin (File)

Sen. Jim Brochin (File)

After 12 years of representing Pikesville, state Sen. Jim Brochin’s 42nd District will no longer include the area due to redistricting.

Brochin, who sits on the Judicial Proceedings Committee, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review and the Senate Special Committee on Substance Abuse, was first elected in 2002 and joined the Maryland General Assembly in 2003.

“I knocked on 15,000 doors and raised $250,000. As a Democrat, I was trying the impossible — to be the first Democrat to represent Towson in the Maryland Senate since the 1950s,” he said in a letter to constituents. “When the votes were counted, it was my Pikesville precincts at Summit Park and Pikesville High, my alma mater, which put me over the top.”

In his letter, he highlighted his being a key vote in favor of authorizing stem cell research, same-sex marriage and medical marijuana. He has sponsored legislation to give gun offenders tougher sentences, eliminate fees collected by speed camera operators and create a hybrid school board in Baltimore County that would include elected and appointed members and a student.

His district, which included parts of Towson and Pikesville, will now include areas of Northern Baltimore County that border Pennsylvania.

“No Democrat has ever won up there, but perhaps we’ll prove them wrong again,” Brochin said in his letter.

He faces Dundalk native and former Delegate Connie DeJuliis in the primary; the winner will face Republican Tim Robinson, who is running unopposed in the primary.

With a big race coming up and an uncertain legislative future, Brochin wants to wish his soon-to-be former constituents well.

“I wanted to say thank you for your confidence, support and votes that made me a senator,” his letter said. “I haven’t squandered the opportunity you gave me, and from the bottom of my heart, I’m forever grateful.”

mshapiro@jewishtimes.com

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