SALISBURY — A St. Michaels business owner and U.S. congressional aide Johnny Mautz has entered the Delegate race on the Mid-Shore.
The first person to officially file, Mautz made the decision to seek one of the two seats in District 37B, which covers much of the Mid-Shore and half of Wicomico County, after learning incumbent delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio was running for lieutenant governor.
“I knew what an important position this was and I thought immediately that it was a position that had to be filled by someone who could follow in her footsteps to represent the Eastern Shore,” Mautz said.
While he plans to unveil more details once his campaign launches in early November, he wants to focus on strengthening the state’s economy, creating a sound environment, having a safe society and a promoting a strong education system.
“In Maryland we can do better in all of them,” the Republican said. “I don’t think we’re leading.”
Mautz grew up on the Eastern Shore, attending St. Michaels middle and high schools, but graduated from Brewster Academy in New Hampshire in 1989. He received a degree in political science from the University of Dayton in Ohio in 1994 and a law degree form Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law in 1997.
He returned to Maryland to pass the bar exam in 1998, before becoming counsel for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. Then, in 2002 when Gov. Robert Ehrlich was elected, Mautz went to work in his administration as the special assistant to the deputy chief of staff, who oversaw environmental, transportation, natural resources, labor and planning issues.
In 2006, Mautz went back to Capitol Hill to work as the legislative director for North Carolina Congressman Howard Coble. He still works there, but lives in St. Michaels, commuting most days.
Alongside his formal education, Mautz grew up learning how to run his family business, Carpenter Street Saloon. He began working as a dishwasher and busboy when he was a teenager before bartending and helping with the books during college and law school.
By: Jennifer Shutt, Staff Writer – Delmarvanow.com