CALLAWAY, Md. (Jan. 30, 2010)Long-time Maryland senator for District 29, Roy P. Dyson, D-Great Mills, faces a new challenge in the coming 2010 election from Republican Steve Waugh. Waugh plans to officially kick off his campaign this coming Wednesday in California, Md.
According to his campaign website, Waugh is a retired Marine Corp Aviator and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Waugh works at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where he manages advanced engineering programs. He is also a native Marylander, having been born in Annapolis.
Dyson has been entrenched in Maryland politics most of his life. He was a member of the Maryland Senate since January 11, 1995. Prior to that, he was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1975 to 1981 representing District 29. Dyson also served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 1991, representing Congressional District 1which at the time comprised Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico & Worcester counties.
Dyson was last challenged by Republican Thomas McKay in 2006.
District 29 encompasses all of St. Mary's County, the southernmost part of Calvert County, and a small slice of Charles County.