Jake Mohorovic enters House of Delegates race
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 14:31

Former delegate served from 1995 to 2003

by Ben Boehl

    Former state legislator Jacob J. “Jake” Mohorovic Jr. has finally made his move.
    After wavering since the summer, Mohorovic told The Eagle that he planned to file as a candidate for the House of Delegates on Thursday.
    Before making his announcement, the Democrat said he was undecided on which race to enter.
    There were reports that Mohorovic was thinking about entering the 7th District County Council race after incumbent John Olszewski Sr. announced he would not seek re-election in 2014.    
    After Olszewski made his announcement, the Democratic field grew quickly, with Essex resident and president of the Essex-Middle River Renaissance Corporation Joe DiCara, and New 7th Democratic Club president C.O. “Bud” Staigerwald immediately jumping into the race.
    They were later joined by Greater Dundalk Community Council (GDCC) president Scott Holupka and County Seal Democratic Club president Ron Yeatman.
    Mohorovic enters a House race that is less crowded, as he will be the fifth Democrat to enter the race for the district’s three House seats, which already features prominent Democrats including incumbent Del. Mike Weir and Eric Washington.
    Two sitting delegates — Joseph “Sonny” Minnick and John Olszewski Jr. — have announced they will not seek re-election next year.
    Minnick, 80, is retiring after more than 20 years of House service. Olszew-ski is leaving the House to run for state Senate in the wake of long-time Sen. Norman Stone’s announcement that he is stepping down at the end of his current term.
    Mohorovic said he sees 2014 as an opportunity.
  

“[My goal is] to listen to the voices of the community, practice an open-door policy to understand both sides of issues and work as a full-time delegate.  Like the late Congressman Clarence Long demonstrated, good constituent services makes for a strong community and district,” Mohorovic wrote in an e-mail.
    “The 2014 primaries are unique with the open Senate, [County C]ouncil and two delegate seats. Having been a delegate and having served on the House Environmental Matters Committee and the Health Care Subcommittee, I bring knowledge of the legislative process and the community.” 
    Mohorovic served in the House from 1995 to 2003, losing a bid for re-election in 2002.
    Although he was the top vote-getter in 1998 when he ran on the incumbent ticket with Minnick, John Arnick and Stone, Mohorovic decided not to run on the ticket in 2002 and lost by over 600 votes to Weir for the third Democratic slot. Many observers believe he would have been re-elected if he remained on the incumbent ticket.
    He ran again in 2006 and 2010 but was defeated in the Democratic primary both times.
    Although Mohorovic has been out of public office since 2003, he has served as a member of the Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee for the past two election cycles.
    Although candidates can cross-file for both a public office and their party’s central committee, as he did in 2006 & 2010, it appears that Mohorovic won’t seek another term on the central committee.
    He wrote in a letter to the other members of the committee, “Our term of office was significant because we worked together to instill into the committee selection process “transparent decision-making. We followed the by-laws and should be proud of our professionalism.
    “For the 2014 elections, I would like to apply my skills either at the state or county level of elective politics.”
    When asked if his letter meant that he will not seek a central committee slot in 2014, instead focusing solely running for public office, Mohorovic answered, “Correct.”