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Shawn Z. Tarrant
Del. Shawn Z. Tarrant is seeking to unseat fellow Democratic Del. Frank M Conaway Jr. in a write-in campaign. (File photo January 2014 The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

Tarrant targets Conaway in write-in re-election bid

Del. Shawn Tarrant isn’t giving up on being re-elected to a second term in office despite losing in the primary election four months ago.

Tarrant, D-Baltimore City, is mounting an unusual campaign as a write-in candidate seeking to unseat Del. Frank M. Conaway Jr., who was the subject of a recent article detailing Conaway’s unusual videos and writings.

Tarrant, who came in a close fourth in June in an election for three seats, has posted messages on his Facebook and Twitter accounts urging voters to “Skip over Frank Jr. for the 40th and write in Tarrant.”

Tarrant bills himself as “the delegate that makes sense.” Tarrant was not immediately available for comment.

The race for the 40th District was all but decided until this week. There are no Republican candidates, which effectively made the June primary the only election necessary in the Baltimore City District. Running as a write-in candidate is a difficult task.


Four years ago, Julian Jones came within 98 votes of defeating Baltimore County Councilman Kenneth Oliver in a Democratic primary where 71 percent of the voters voted for someone other than the incumbent.

Jones opted to run as a write-in candidate in a district where there was no Republican challenger. Oliver received 88 percent of the vote in the 2010 General Election.

The social media blitz comes days after a Baltimore Sun story detailed “more than 50 rambling videos that he has uploaded to YouTube in recent weeks.”

The video titles include “what rabbits eggs,” “conaway globe” and “is that you me.” He also shows copies of his book “Christian Kundalini Science- Proof of the Soul- Cryptogram Solution of Egyptian Stela 55001- & Opening the Hood of Ra.”

Conaway took the videos down in the hours after the article was published.

Conaway self-published another book in 2001 entitled “Baptist Gnostic Christian Eubonic Kundalinion Spiritual Ki Do Hermeneutic Metaphysics: The Word: Hermeneutics” and is available on

“Am I living in a box? The cross. The Rubik’s Cube,” Conaway says in a video titled  “talking horse,” according to the Baltimore Sun article. “Am I living in a hologram? Holographic universe.”

Conaway was the subject of a 2006 City Paper article that, through court records, detailed reports of mental illness and domestic violence.