By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor,

Two Maryland Senate races in East Baltimore have aligned two venerable Eastside politicians; Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-43) and Sen. Nathaniel McFadden (D-45), against Del. Mary Washington (D-43) and Del. Cory McCray (D-45), two challengers. Here is how the battle for the 43rd and 45th District Senate seats lines up.

Conway v. Washington

Sen. Joan Carter Conway

A member of the Maryland Senate since 1997, Conway is widely recognized as one of the most powerful and tenacious political allies of Morgan State University in the state. She is chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, among dozens of Senate committee memberships. Conway obtained her A.A. degree in human services from the Community College of Baltimore (now Baltimore City Community College), in 1987 and her B.A. in sociology from the University of Baltimore in 1988.

Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-43) and Del. Mary Washington (D-43). (Courtesy Photos)

Del. Mary Washington

Washington has been a member of the House since 2011 and is a member of several House committees, including Ways and Means and co-chair of the Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness. Washington received her B.A. in human services from Antioch University in 1989, her M.A. (1992) and Ph.D. (1997) in sociology from Johns Hopkins University. She was an assistant professor at Lehigh University from 1995-2000.

McFadden v. McCray

Sen. Nathaniel McFadden

A member of the Senate since 1995, McFadden is Senate President Pro Tem. He is a member of dozens of Senate committees and Governmental task force and advisory panels. He is one of the more prominent members of the Eastside Democratic Organization and a political disciple of former Baltimore Mayor Clarence “Du” Burns. McFadden was a member of the Baltimore City Council representing District Two from 1982-1987.

Sen. Nathaniel McFadden (D-45) against Del. Cory McCray (D-45). (Courtesy Photos)

Del. Cory McCray

McCray has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2015. He is a member of the Environment and Transportation Committee among other House committees. He obtained his A.S. in business management from Baltimore City Community College in 2011 and a B.A. in business administration from the National Labor College in 2013. He is a member of the President’s Advisory Council for Baltimore City Community College. McCray, an electrician by trade, is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and owner of McCray Properties, LLC.

Sean Yoes

AFRO Baltimore Editor