By Elizabeth Janney, Patch Staff 

Pay for educators may be a big issue before state legislatures after elections drew nearly 180 teachers to run, including two in Maryland.  School funding and teacher pay drove at least 177 teachers to run for election in recent midterm elections. At least 42 of them won, mostly in statehouse races.

Among them was an educator in Maryland who will serve as a state delegate. Harry Bhandari, a Democrat, will represent District 8. He teaches English at Carver Vocational-Technical High School in Baltimore City and lives in Baltimore County, according to Education Week. He was not the only Maryland teacher to run for office during the midterm elections.