Shelly Hettleman

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Shelly Hettleman
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Maryland House of Delegates, District 11
In office
January 14, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 0
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
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Shelly Hettleman is a Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 11. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Hettleman served on the following committees:

Maryland Committee Assignments, 2015


Campaign themes


Hettleman's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Better Public Education

We must improve our public schools. All children must have a fair, strong chance to be prepared for college and employment. It’s in their interest and it’s in ours too, as a community and nation. Students who under-perform or drop out become alienated. Too often we lose the entrepreneurs and workers of the future, and they too often drift into criminal behavior.

Citizen and Neighborhood Participation

What any Delegate does is often determined by how the Delegate goes about doing the work. For me, the lifeblood of my campaign and my service as a Delegate will be the flow of ideas from neighborhoods and everyday citizens. Lobbyists can play a constructive role in shaping legislation. But they sometimes dominate the process, crowding out less organized and less well-placed voices.

Early Child Care and Parenting

Government is no substitute for what families should be able to do for themselves. But some families are less able than others, and children, for their own sake and for the wellbeing of our communities, must be assured a healthy, nurturing start.

Our Debt to Seniors

As a community and state, we do a lot for our seniors but not all that we should. Those who have worked so hard to create the world we enjoy and to whom we owe so much should be paid back with our love, our respect and a continuum of services that enable them to live vibrantly as they age. We are blessed that the community of seniors is increasing: the number of seniors over 85 has tripled in the last 10 years and will continue to grow dramatically. But their needs are multiplying too, and becoming more complex.

Jobs and Economic Development

Good jobs and a productive economy are at the heart of almost all the good things that we want for our families and communities. Good jobs support strong families. On the other hand, the lack of good jobs – as a result of unemployment or underemployment – causes great stress on families while depriving them of the essentials of daily life.

Protecting our Environment - Protecting Ourselves

We, our children and our children’s children are endangered by the many ways in which our air, water and land are being abused. We know that environmental risks are greater than ever and that failure to act will bring economic as well as environmental harm throughout Maryland. But the good news is that we know more about what we can do to combat the risk. Now we need the political will to do it.[1][2]



See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Shelly Hettleman and incumbents Dan Morhaim and Dana M. Stein defeated Don Engel, Alex B. Leikus and Theodore Levin in the Democratic primary, while Laura Harkins was unopposed in the Republican primary. Hettleman, Morhaim and Stein defeated Harkins for three seats in the general election.[3][4][5]

Maryland House of Delegates District 11, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShelly Hettleman 27.7% 24,197
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDana Stein Incumbent 26.6% 23,241
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan Morhaim Incumbent 26.3% 22,991
     Republican Laura Harkins 19.4% 16,947
Total Votes 87,376

Maryland House of Delegates, District 11 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShelly Hettleman 26.4% 9,923
Green check mark transparent.pngDana Stein Incumbent 24.5% 9,221
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Morhaim Incumbent 24.1% 9,049
Theodore Levin 10.6% 3,998
Don Engel 10.6% 3,982
Alex B. Leikus 3.8% 1,434
Total Votes 37,607



In 2014, Hettleman's endorsements included:[6]

  • U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D)
  • U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D)
  • U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes (D)
  • U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D)
  • AFSCME Maryland
  • Baltimore County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics, IAFF Local 1311
  • CASA in Action
  • EMILY’s List
  • Equality Maryland
  • Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Baltimore
  • Maryland Association of REALTORS
  • Maryland League of Conservation Voters
  • Maryland National Organization for Women Political Action Committee
  • Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO
  • Northwestern Democratic Club
  • Progressive Maryland
  • SEIU Local 1199, Local 32 BJ & Local 400
  • Sierra Club Maryland

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