Primary Election Night at the Blackwall Hitch with Special Guests (E-57)

The Maryland Crabs took over the Wine Room at the Blackwall Hitch in the heart of Eastport during Primary Election Night to wait out the results along with wide-ranging cast of political players and observers to wait out the results. While noshing on the distractingly ridiculous creations by Chef Jonathan Seningen, our charming hostess and stage manager for the evening, Lea Hurt, ushered in a veritable who’s-who in the world of Annapolis politics…

  • Mayor Michael Pantelides
  • Former Mayor Josh Cohen
  • Former Mayor Ellen Moyer
  • Mayoral candidate Gavin Buckley
  • Alderman Jared Littmann
    Aldermanic candidate Julie Mussog
  • Aldermanic candidate John“Bumper” Moyer
  • Aldermanic candidate David Frankel
  • The Annapolis Podcast Host and County Council candidate, Scott MacMullan
  • MH Media President, Michael Hughes
  • John Booth
  • And probably a few others that we forgot—sorry!

And we would like to especially thank Dr. Dan Nataf from AACC who not only hung in with us for the nearly five hours of roundtable discussion and analysis, but offered keen and clinical insight in to the political process and strategies that brought us to this point tonight with game-changing upsets and surprises.

Unofficial results (provisional and absentee ballots need to be counted)

Mayor(R)–Mike Pantelides defeated Nevin Young

Mayor(D)–Gavin Buckley defeated John Astle

Ward 1(D)–Elly Tierney defeated Joe Budge

Ward 2 had no contested primaries

Ward 3 had no contested primaries

Ward 4(D)–Sheila Finalyson may have defeated Toni Strong Pratt (provisional and absentee will be in play)

Ward 5 had no contested primaries

Ward 6(D)–Shaneka Henson defeated DaJuan Gay

Ward 7(D)–Rob Savidge defeated Alexus Viegas

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CRABCAKES: Interviews (17) with Aldermanic Candidates for Annapolis

Below are audio interviews originally published by The Maryland Crabs Podcast (go on and subscribe) with the Aldermanic Candidates for the upcoming City of Annapolis primary election.

We reached out to all 18 candidates and all but one, Larry Claussen a Republican in Ward 1, responded. We fanned out across the City, usually meeting at a local business, and each candidate was presented with essentially the same questions in order to allow listeners to compare the candidates apples-to-apples. There was no pre-set time limit, so some are fairly brief and others are somewhat long. We have also included links to their campaign websites and social media pages where available.  You can read the questions below.

A note on recording and editing: These interviews were conducted all over the City. Some were in homes, many were in coffee shops. Many will have some background noise that we tried to mitigate as best as possible. The interviews are presented as they happened. Long pauses, coughs, passing loud cars, very loud background noise, and excessive “uhms” have been removed to keep it relatively listenable. A note on the release schedule for these podcasts. There is nothing nefarious–We started with Ward 1 and worked through Ward 8. Within each ward, the candidates are listed alphabetically by their last name.

If you missed the Mayoral Forum we hosted in June, you can catch it here.

And in the upcoming weeks, The Maryland Crabs will have hour-long interviews with all of the Mayoral candidates leading into the primary.

As usual, we will not endorse any candidate in this election; however we will be publishing an editorial about our best guesses for the results and our reasoning. Stay tuned.


  • Larry Claussen (Republican)

    • No Response
  • Elly Tierney (Democrat)


WARD 3 (No Challenger)


  • Toni Strong-Pratt (Democrat)

WARD 5 (Vacant Seat)

  • Marc Rodriguez (Democrat)

WARD 6 (Vacant Seat)

WARD 7 (Vacant Seat)

    • David Frankel (Republican)

  • Rob Savidge (Democrat)

  • Alexus Viegas (Democrat)


    • John “Bumper” Moyer (Democrat)


  1. Specifically what is the single most pressing issue facing the ward?
  2. Likewise, what is the single most pressing issue facing the city?
  3. Where do you stand on development?
  4. How will you go about working together with a mayor or councilmembers that are of the opposite party?
  5. What has this present council and Mayor done that you would have done differently?
  6. The city needs money. How do you get it? Borrow more? Raise Taxes? Cut Services?
  7. How many hours are you prepared to contribute to this position weekly?
  8. How do you plan to keep your constituents up to date on what’s happening in the ward or city, your thoughts etc.?
  9. Many have said there are two Annapolis’s. How can we move toward “one Annapolis”?
  10. So, about you. Why are you running? What are your qualifications?
  11. Where can we learn more?




Will Annapolis Finally Have an Hispanic Voice? Marc Rodriguez Thinks So! (E-19)

The City of Annapolis has an election coming up.  Yes, it is an “off” year election cycle and there are changes afoot. This week, Tim and John sit down with Marc Rodriguez and talk about his yet-to-be-officially-announced candidacy for Alderman for Ward 5 in the City. Rodriguez discusses his roots in Mexico City and Hillsmere (yes you read that right), what he has been doing for Alderman Littmann who will not be seeking another term, and what he brings to the Council chamber for the Latino community and the larger Annapolis community.

Thank you to everyone who wrote with suggestions for upcoming episodes. We are on it. Coming up in the next few weeks will be Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams and a candidate for Mayor of Annapolis that will shake that race to its core. You will hear it here first!

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But if you are just joining us…. make sure you check out some (or all) of our previous episodes? You really should. They could change your life. Granted, your life would have to be pretty bad. But still, we have some gems you will want to check out!  Most recently….

  • We recap 2016. Our last episode of 2016 was a lot of fun and lacking any direction whatsoever. We talked about how we decided to do The Maryland Crabs, where we want to go in 2017 and beyond, some of our past guests, and how good the lunch really was at Sammy’s Italian Pizza Kitchen in Eastport!
  • Governor Larry Hogan invited us into his private office for Jaegerbombs and wings while we watched the Ravens.  OK, so maybe it was more of a conversation with the State Police watching over us making sure we did not swipe the guitar off his office wall…but we did have a great conversation.
  • Speaker of the House of Delegates, Michael E. Busch sat down and discussed the upcoming session, legislating in a Trump presidency and what it means for Maryland,  and his recent criticism of Delegate Herb McMillan.

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