Endorsed Candidates



Dr. Kirkland Hall has been a progressive champion and the Lower Eastern Shore. He's been both a professor and coach at University of Maryland Eastern Shore for 40 years. Dr. Hall is a lifetime civil right activist and child welfare advocateand many times he has overcome the odds to create a better life for Somerset County and Lower Shore residents. With Kirkland Hall as Delegate of District 38-A, the county and rest of the Lower Eastern Shore will get a much needed advocate that will fight to address the social, racial, environmental, and economic injustices we face. He will help build a more sustainable future for working people on the Lower Shore. 





Dan has done just about every job you can think of, but running for office is new for him. However, just because he’s never run for anything, does not mean he has been silent on social and political issues in his community. Dan executive produced a documentary called “The Sign” that premiered at the OC Film Festival. The documentary focused on the debate behind the Confederate General John Winder sign on the lawn of the Wicomico County Courthouse, exploring every aspect from the history of the sign and General Winder, to the exploring the history of racism on the Lower Eastern Shore.

Having owned several businesses in the past, Dan understands the needs of business owners, along with the necessity, and benefits, of providing basic services like healthcare, housing, and college education to citizens. Dan believes money in politics is the root of all evil in our political system, and suggests campaign finance reform as the necessary path to make our democracy more representative of the people.

Dan O'Hare for Maryland Delegate 37B




An Eastern Shore native, Jamaad Gould knows the problems Wicomico families face, and how to work together to find solutions. He studied Music Technology at Bowie State University, but returned back to the shore after graduating in 2014 to give back to the community. He’s been involved in many local community programs including the Fenix Youth Project and Extraordinary League of Gentlemen, learning first hand what it will take to improve the lives of the young people in our county.

He states his top priorities are transparency, collaboration with local governments, fund allocation, and lowering crime by investing in youth.

One Voice Wicomico





A proud native of the Eastern Shore, Josh grew up on a poultry farm and Maryland’s first certified organic farm - in Mardela Springs. Josh's political experience includes being Legislative Assistant to the Chair of the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, in the Maryland State Senate. For the last 6 years, Josh has monitored federal, state and local land use policy at a regional nonprofit.

Josh is a 2016 Institute for Policy Studies- New Economy Fellow and a LEAD Maryland (Class VIII) alumnus. He is serving a 3-year term on the State’s Rural Legacy Advisory Board and is the current Chairman of the Rural Maryland Council.

Josh Hastings is highly qualified and ready to lead us to a better future for Wicomico County. He holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Salisbury University (Business Marketing, Political Science) and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. His goals in office are to revamp and support the regional airport, increase green infrastructure/connectivity, and much stronger investment in Wicomico educators.





Michele Gregory was born in Richmond, Virginia but spent her childhood living in various locations from Florida to Pennsylvania, including Great Yarmouth and Devon in England. As the daughter of a British immigrant and public school teacher, she has followed politics closely for as long as she can remember, with the encouragement of family who worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

She attended Delaware Tech and University of Delaware, and moved to Wicomico County in 1996. Michele has been an early childhood educator for more than 20 years, and recently closed her business. Her oldest child is special needs and has many health issues, giving Michele a unique perspective to many issues, from healthcare to education.

Her goals for Wicomico County include job and wage growth through green energy and raising the minimum wage, investing more than the current minimum allowed level of funding for education and expanding to universal pre-k, and promoting economic and racial justice in our communities.




Deborah Nissley attended school in Somerset County before moving to Catskill, New York, where she served as a town councilman. Nissley returned to Somerset County twelve years ago and has diligently worked towards improving her community. She is a frequent contributor of editorials to the Daily times.

She was inspired by Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in 2016 and hopes to enact similar principles on the county level in order to improve the day to day life of Somerset residents.




Holly Wright is a first time candidate with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and worked in public health at both the state and regional level for over 20 years. Wright was staff to senior management at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and Montefiore Medical Center. She also directed a nursing home quality assurance program that covered 40 facilities in Bronx, New York.

Wright’s legislative priorities are increased environmental protections, expanded addiction treatment services, stopping escalating prescription drug prices, workforce development for youth, and adequate and equitable funding for K-12 education.




Seth Mitchell was Born and Raised on the Lower Eastern Shore in Salisbury Maryland. Graduating from Bennett High school in 1975. Seth then went on to earn a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from Salisbury University and Jurvis Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School Of Law.

Seth has spent 30 years working several different levels of criminal law in Wicomico county and goals are to have a state’s attorney that is level headed, maintain a degree of professionalism, and keep a high degree of ethical standards.