WASHINGTON COUNTY --After more than a decade serving with Sen. Donald F. Munson in Annapolis, Del. Christopher B. Shank is vying for Munson's Senate seat.
Shank, nearing the end of his third four-year term as a delegate, is challenging Munson in a Republican primary, the centerpiece race of the election season in Washington County. No Democrat had filed to run for the seat by the July 6 deadline.
The primary will be Sept. 14.
Shank said the state needs major reforms and "the Senate was the place where I could be of most service."
He said an individual legislator has a greater opportunity to shape policy in the Senate, where there are fewer committees and each has a broader jurisdiction than in the House.
Munson is seeking his sixth term in the Senate. He previously served four terms in the House.
Shank accused Munson of positions that are "increasingly out of touch with mainstream Washington County voters."