He says he never intended to make elected office a career.
One member of the Frederick County Legislative Delegation is not seeking another term in office. Delegate Patrick Hogan (R-3A) will not be running for re-election in 2014. "It will be at the end of this term, eight years in the legislature, and I think that's enough," he says. "I never intended to make a career out of elected service."
Hogan also says family considerations played an important part in his decision. After the 2010 election, Hogan says he spoke with his wife about whether or not to run again. "We have three young kids. Not only is a campaign a hard thing to go through, but the three-month legislative session every year, me being in Annapolis and missing a lot of time with my kids. It just seemed like it was time," he says.
Delegate Hogan was elected in 2002, and served in the House of Delegates from 2003-2007. He was defeated in 2006 by former Delegate Sue Hecht. He was elected again in 2010.
In his statement announcing his intentions not to run, Hogan says he's proud of his accomplishments and those of the Frederick County Legislative Delegation in bringing home state funding for local projects, including schools. One project he can point to is North Frederick Elementary School replacement. "North Frederick is finally happening," he says. "The kids have been going to school in a building that's just not quite adequate. It's a very old building and finally we see that happening and that's a big positive for the kids in our community."
Hogan serves on the House Environmental Matters Committee, and it's at the committee level that a lot of the legislative work gets done. "I try to be a voice of reason, and balance environmental protection with business interests, with economic growth," he says.
Now that he's not running, Hogan says that he can concentrate on being a legislator in his final year in Annapolis. During the 2014 session, he says he will work to get passed a number of bills that he proposed in the past, which didn't make it. One has to do with the sales tax holiday in August, just before children go back to school. He wants to expand the law to include school supplies. "I hear from a lot of people who are happy with the tax free week because they get to save money on new clothes. But they're kind of surprised that school supplies are not included on that list. That's one bill that I'll be working on this session," he says.