Wicomico County Council member Nicole Acle announced Tuesday that she will run as a Republican candidate for District 37B in the Maryland General Assembly.
The sprawling district includes Talbot County and portions of Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot and Wicomico counties.
Acle was appointed to an open County Council District 2 seat in 2019 and won a special election in 2020.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan last year appointed her to serve on the Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays. She is a past board president of Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County.
Additionally, she was recently selected by the National Association of Counties to serve as a member of the Human Services and Education Policy Committee.
A resident of the West Nithsdale community in Salisbury, she is the first woman to serve on the council since Republican Stevie Prettyman held the same seat in 2014.
Acle was previously the owner of Medical Nutrition Therapies in Salisbury. She is a former Pennsylvania resident who has lived in Wicomico County for more than 20 years.
Acle has made public education a priority during her time on the council -- she has three children in the public school system -- followed by economic development and the environment.
She has been an aggressive questioner when school administrators have appeared before the council. She has said a key to improving education is to re-engage parents who have placed their youngsters into private schools.
More recently, she has worked on issues including public sewer expansion and broadband service to rural areas.