Diana Fennell

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Diana Fennell
Diana M. Fennell.jpg
Maryland House of Delegates, District 47A
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
Prior offices
Mayor, Colmar Manor
2000 - 2010
Colmar Manor Council
1995 - 2000
ProfessionCommunity Advisory Coordinator, Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department
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Diana Fennell is a Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 47A. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Fennell served as the mayor of Colmar Manor from 2000 to 2010 and as a town council member from 1995 to 2000.[1]


Fennell's professional experience includes working as the Community Advisory Coordinator for the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department.[1]


Campaign themes


In a profile submitted to Ballotpedia, Fennell stated her platform:

All citizens of District 47A and the state of Maryland deserve a transparent, unbiased, and progressive government that works to enhance the quality of life by providing the necessary services within their communities. Government officials must be responsive to the community’s needs – for example, developing strategic plans that spur economic development within transit-oriented communities. Continuing to advocate equality for all Maryland residents is imperative. Moreover, we must continue to protect our most vulnerable citizens: Our seniors are preyed upon daily; therefore, we need to collaborate with local governments and law enforcement agencies to prevent their economic exploitation. In addition, our youth deserve the same protection: Enhancing educational and occupational services for our youth, so that they may become viable members within Maryland’s critical workforce. We must also uplift and protect those in the Armed Services who have put their lives on the line to protect our democracy. Caring for the environment and our health with ecological conservation programs and sustainable energy mandates designed to reduce our carbon footprint – especially, if we are to protect and preserve a quality way of life for our children.[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. Diana M. Fennell and Jimmy Tarlau defeated incumbent Michael Summers, Malcolm Augustine and Joseph Solomon in the Democratic primary. Fred Price, Jr. was unopposed in the Republican primary. Fennell and Tarlau defeated Price in the general election.[3][4]

Maryland House of Delegates District 47A, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDiana Fennell 52.2% 11,198
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJimmy Tarlau 41.2% 8,836
     Republican Fred Price, Jr. 6.6% 1,424
Total Votes 21,458

Maryland House of Delegates, District 47A Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJimmy Tarlau 26.7% 2,728
Green check mark transparent.pngDiana Fennell 23.7% 2,416
Michael Summers Incumbent 17.1% 1,740
Malcolm Augustine 16.6% 1,688
Joseph Solomon 16% 1,627
Total Votes 10,199


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Fennell ran against Anthony Cicoria, Jolene Ivey (incumbent), Wanda Martin, Doyle Niemann (incumbent), Fred Price, Jr., Michael Summers and Lamar Thorpe in the September 14 primary. In the general election, the winners faced Republican Audi Rachel.



In 2014, Fennell's endorsements include:[5][6]

  • Equality Maryland
  • Prince George's County Professional Firefighters Local 1619
  • Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89
  • Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 30
  • Prince George's Deputy Sheriffs Association
  • Prince George's Police Civilian Employee Association
  • Prince George's Correction Officers Association
  • AFSCME Maryland Council 3
  • Maryland Sierra Club
  • Maryland League of Conservation Voters
  • SEIU Maryland and DC State Council


Fennell and her husband, Jeffrey, have two adult children. Fennell is a member of the Veterands of Foreign Wars Ladies' Auxiliary, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Prince George's County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics – International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1619. Fennell is also an honorary member of the Colmar Manor Recreational Council, organizer of the Colmar Manor Neighborhood Watch and a volunteer for the Anacostia Watershed Society. Fennell is a former chair of the Maryland Black Mayors Foreclosure Association, vice president and secretary of the Maryland Black Mayors Association and vice president of Prince George's County Elected Women.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Biographical information submitted to Ballotpedia on June 11, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Maryland Secretary of State, "Official primary election candidate list," accessed March 3, 2014
  4. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election results for House of Delegates," accessed December 5, 2014
  5. Friends of Diana Fennell, "Endorsements," accessed June 10, 2014
  6. Email submission to Ballotpedia, October 23, 2014