Hogan appoints Carter to Oaks’ Senate seat, same one she is running for in primary

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Image via Jill P. Carter for Senate’s Facebook page.

Gov. Larry Hogan today announced Jill P. Carter will be appointed to the Maryland State Senate seat previously held by Nathaniel Oaks, who last month pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges.

The governor made his decision after receiving recommendations from the Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee, the announcement said.

“Jill Carter’s dedication to Baltimore City and our state is admirable,” Hogan said in a statement. “I have no doubt she will serve the constituents of District 41 well.”

In a Facebook post, Carter said she was honored by the appointment, adding she still needed support “to win the election on June 26.”

We are on our way! I've just received word from Governor Hogan that I have been appointed as Senator for the 41st…

Posted by Jill P. Carter for Senate on Monday, April 30, 2018

In a longer statement sent to Baltimore Fishbowl, Carter said: “I am honored and excited to be appointed Senator for District 41 and to bring stable leadership that is committed to representing all residents. I look forward to earning the support of the voters in my district and working together to improve education, create jobs, improve neighborhoods, and increase opportunities for all of our residents. I believe that the governors choice is reflective of my ability to work collaboratively and my track record. I will work to bring our community together so that every resident has the opportunity to lead a meaningful life.”

Carter is also running for the Democratic nomination for the 41st District senate seat, which covers parts of West Baltimore, Northwest Baltimore and North Baltimore, in the upcoming June primary election.

Her opponents are J.D. Merrill, a former school administrator and Martin O’Malley’s son-in-law, and Oaks, who resigned from his seat the day before submitting his guilty plea.

Oaks is seeking to have his name removed from the ballot. A judge last week ordered it be removed, but the State Board of Elections is appealing that decision, according to The Sun, saying it will disrupt the upcoming vote.

Currently serving as the director of Baltimore’s Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement, Carter previously served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 2003 to 2017.

On her campaign site, Carter has pitched herself as a champion “for the marginalized and disenfranchised” and an advocate for justice. She has said she will keep her post in City Hall during the election and if she wins.

The appointment lasts until the general election in November.

This post has been updated.

Brandon Weigel

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