CUMBERLAND — Local businessman and Cumberland City Council member Nicholas J. “Nick” Scarpelli has announced his candidacy for delegate for District 1-C of the Maryland General Assembly.
The seat is currently held by LeRoy Myers Jr., who has announced he will not seek re-election.
“I’m honored to seek the seat of LeRoy Myers. We have a similar outlook. We both believe in constituent service,” said Scarpelli, a Democrat.
The primary election will be held June 24 with the general election scheduled Nov. 4.
“We have a lot of people in our district with a lot of good ideas. I want to be a good listener,” said Scarpelli.
Scarpelli was elected to the City Council in November 2010. His term will expire in June.
“I have enjoyed my term on the City Council.
“However, the funding sources require funds largely from the state. We have a better chance if we work with the powers that be,” Scarpelli said.
Scarpelli said that the current City Council is young and energetic.
“With the council, I think we can work together to get something done. I’d like to have that opportunity,” said Scarpelli.
Making up the lower house of the Maryland General Assembly, the House of Delegates, located in Annapolis, has 141 delegates seated from 47 districts.
“Republican or Democrat, I will work with whomever,” said Scarpelli.
Two Republicans, Michael McKay, the current president of the Allegany County Commission, and Ray Givens of Hancock, have announced their candidacies for the 1-C seat.
“I consider myself a moderate Democrat,” said Scarpelli.
Scarpelli attended Bishop Walsh High School before getting a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University.
In post-graduate years, Scarpelli received a mortuary science degree from Catonsville Community College and a Masters of Business Administration from Frostburg State University.
“I don’t like the downward spiral we’re seeing. I want to be a unifying factor and find common ground,” said Scarpelli.
Scarpelli will hold an event to publicly announce his candidacy Jan. 4 at noon at the Scarpelli Furneral Home on Virginia Avenue.
“I grew up in South End and I’m a South End guy. I want to invite my friends from Washington and Allegany counties to the announcement,” he said.
Scarpelli said he plans to file the required paperwork to enter his name on the ballot following the public announcement.
“I will be spending time in Hancock, Clear Spring, Big Pool and the other communities of western Washington County,” said Scarpelli.
District 1 is made up of Garrett and Allegany counties, and portions of western Washington County. The majority of voters reside in Allegany County with republicans being the majority of registered voters.
Myers, a Republican, announced he would not seek to retain the 1-C seat and would instead run for the Washington County Commission in 2014.
“I plan to work hard, knock on doors, and meet people and listen,” said Scarpelli.
Scarpelli, a husband and father of two, said when it comes down to it, everyone is having similar problems.
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