Del. Joan Cadden has announced that she will seek re-election for her seat in District 31, a move that could hurt Democrats' chances of retaining a Senate seat there.
Cadden, 64, said Wednesday that she "would have much more leverage as a leader" and "benefit my constituents and the county more" on her several committee seats in the House of Delegates.
A 15-year delegate from Brooklyn Park, Cadden serves as the only Anne Arundel County legislator on the House Capital Budget subcommittee. She also sits on panels that oversee the Chesapeake Bay watershed, pensions and juvenile justice.
Democratic state Sen. Philip C. Jimeno surprised many with his announcement last month not to seek a sixth term.
Political observers identified Cadden as a viable party replacement in a district that has begun to swing Republican in recent election cycles.
Republicans leaders have targeted Jimeno's seat in the November elections, and at least five GOP candidates are expected to run.
The district represents the Marley Neck Peninsula, Pasadena, Gibson Island and Glen Burnie.
Cadden said she is "absolutely" confident that Democrats will field a strong candidate in the Senate contest.