29-year-old Andrew Platt, the youngest member of the Montgomery County state legislative delegation, announced in a Facebook post (seen below) on January 9th that he will not be running for re-election this year.

I want to let you know that I will not be seeking reelection to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2018. I do not make…

Posted by Andrew Platt on Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Frustrated with “the Corrosive Effect of Money in Politics”

“Serving the people of Gaithersburg and Rockville in the legislature has been an absolute honor,” wrote Platt, reflecting on his four-year term. “As the son of a mailman and a mom who made minimum wage, I’ve spent my time in office fighting against institutional inertia and structural forces to reform our politics so that working families don’t get further marginalized by unfettered capitalism and the exacerbating social stratification we see happening around us.”

Platt currently represents the 17th District of Maryland, which includes Gaithersburg and Rockville.

Julie Palakovich Carr, member of the Rockville City Council, and Rebecca Smondrowski, member of the Montgomery Board of Education, have announced their intentions to compete for Platt’s seat. Both will run as Democrats, given a 3-to-1 voter advantage over Republicans in the district.

As for Platt’s next steps, he still looks forward to serving his constituents and his party: “Given the corrosive effect of money in politics and the broken incentive structure of who public policy gets made for, I think I will be able to better work on these issues from the outside and not as a state legislator,” writes Pratt. “While I won’t be serving another four year term in Annapolis, I’ll continue to find ways to promote economic justice and strengthen the Democratic Party.”

The deadline to file for election is February 27, and primary elections will be held on June 26.