Campos resigns from Maryland House of Delegates

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Prince George’s County delegate is resigning from the Maryland House of Delegates for personal reasons.

House Speaker Michael Busch’s office says State Delegate William Campos submitted his resignation Thursday. The resignation comes nine months after Campos was sworn in. It was first reported by The Washington Post.

The district in northwestern Prince George’s County, which is home to the county’s largest concentration of Hispanic immigrants, was drawn in 2012 to increase the chances of electing a lawmaker from the growing Latino community.

Forty-one-year-old Campos says he recently married and wants to start a family, but he lacks employment outside the State House. He says it’s “too many transitions” to manage while representing his district. Delegates are paid about $45,000 for what is considered part-time work.

Prior to becoming delegate, Delegate Campos was engaged in a bitter nomination exercise with Natalie Cabrera.

Cabrera, 32, made some missteps as a leader when filing with the county Board of Elections just 49 minutes before the 9 p.m. deadline Feb. 25, 2014: She listed her father’s church as her residence, even though she did not move into a duplex on the property until weeks later; and she filed as a Democrat even though she had registered to vote years earlier as a Republican (she switched parties two days after filing her candidacy papers). Those missteps led to  State Delegate William Campos snatching the delegate seat. It will be interesting to see who takes over the delegates seat without County Executive maneuvering this time around.

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Natalie Cabrera filed to be a candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates on Feb. 25, but a judge disqualified her after a citizen filed a lawsuit against her alleging she broke election rules. (Courtesy of the Cabrera campaign)

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