Vanessa Atterbeary

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Vanessa Atterbeary
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Candidate for
Maryland House of Delegates, District 13
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCollege of William and Mary
J.D.Villanova University, 2000
Campaign website
Vanessa Atterbeary is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 13 of the Maryland House of Delegates. She ran unsuccessfully for District 18 of the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010.


Campaign themes


Atterbeary's website highlights the following campaign themes:

Economic Opportunity

During this economic downturn, creating jobs for the residents of Howard County must be a top priority. I will work to strengthen Howard County’s position as an attractive location for new and existing businesses and encourage businesses that our county and state invest in, to invest in us. It is imperative that we protect the small businesses that are the backbone of our county’s economic life and ensure that they have the support necessary to remain in our county.

It is critical that we continue to invest in our education system to ensure that our children have the best education possible and that we are also providing an attractive workforce for our business community. As a product of Maryland’s public schools and the daughter of a public school teacher, our public schools will be one of my highest priorities. We must also provide educational development opportunities for our teachers, ensure that our children aren’t trying to learn in an over-crowded environment and ensure our schools and children are equipped for this digital era. Our local colleges must remain strong in this regard and all our educational facilities must provide safe and worry free environments for students and staff.

Howard County, just as every other major jurisdiction in this country, has to be proactive in warding off the threats this issue poses. Protecting the Chesapeake Bay, creating sustainable energy projects, ensuring clean air and water for our families and helping businesses and developers to “go green” will ensure that Maryland has a long and sustainable future.

Women and Families
As a former family law attorney and President of the Montgomery County Commission for Women, I am committed to continuing to work on issues that affect women and families. Since my days at the College of William and Mary (97’), I have championed women’s rights, including issues such as pay equity, domestic violence, teen dating violence and living and minimum wage.

Advocating for our seniors has to be a top priority. I am fortunate to have one of my living grandmothers residing here in District 13. Ensuring that seniors have safe facilities, affordable healthcare, and access to transportation are among my priorities for this growing segment of our community.[1][2]



See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland House of Delegates will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Vanessa Atterbeary and incumbents Shane Pendergrass and Frank S. Turner defeated Fred Eiland and Nayab Siddiqui in the Democratic primary, while Danny Eaton, Jimmy Williams and Chris Yates were unopposed in the Republican primary.[3][4]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 13 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngVanessa Atterbeary 27.3% 7,399
Green check mark transparent.pngShane Pendergrass Incumbent 27.1% 7,364
Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Turner Incumbent 25.6% 6,941
Nayab Siddiqui 15.5% 4,204
Fred Eiland 4.5% 1,225
Total Votes 27,133


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Atterbeary ran against Dana Beyer, Alfred Carr, Ana Sol Gutierrez, Michael Heney, Randy McDonald and Jeff Waldstreicher in the Democratic primary. Atterbeary was defeated by Alfred Carr, Ana Sol Gutierrez and Jeff Waldstreicher in the September 14 primary.[5]

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