ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Ahead of a major statewide election year, and a heavily anticipated 2022 Legislative Session in the Maryland General Assembly, the Republican Caucus may be seeing some leadership changes once again.

Coming off a recent GOP caucus election after Sine Die in 2021, Republicans elected Del. Jason Buckel[R-Allegany] and Del. Christopher Adams[R-Caroline] as House Minority Leader and Minority Whip, respectively. The pair beat out the ticket of two Southern Maryland delegates, Del. Matt Morgan[R-St. Mary’s] and Del. Mark Fisher[R-Calvert].

However, in a recent letter to the caucus, Adams announced that he will be stepping down from his position to challenge Buckel, with Morgan running alongside him.

“At a time where Republicans have the wind to their backs and the prospects of significant success in the upcoming election cycle, we must be focused and unified behind our ultimate mission,” Adams said in the letter to his caucus. “This requires leaders who have their full, undivided, and 100% attention to every detail… Integrity matters and for that, the House Republican Caucus must not compromise.”

PICTURED: Del. Matt Morgan

Morgan said he is optimistic that he can serve the caucus well in such a pivotal year, with topics such as redistricting still looming.

“I’m running for whip,” Morgan told TheBayNet.com. “I have a  diverse set of skills that I think would be beneficial to our Caucus as we head into state elections next year.”

The decision to push for new leadership comes after a brief Special Session earlier this month, where Democrats managed to override several gubernatorial vetoes and pass a new congressional map.

Some may remember Buckel as a member of the coalition that recently sent a letter to West Virginia, seeking to succeed portions of western Maryland from the state. He has since rescinded his letter supporting the annexation of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington counties to the mountain state.

The caucus election is expected to take place before the 2022 session begins on January 12 at noon.

We will continue to provide additional details as they become available.

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