Hogan appoints two new Baltimore County delegates to vacant seats

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Baltimore County will have two new delegates in the upcoming legislative session, each taking over for lawmakers who recently left for jobs with the Olszewski administration.

Gov. Larry Hogan today appointed Carl Jackson, an analyst at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, to represent the 8th District in Northeast Baltimore County. The jurisdiction including parts of Carney, Overlea, Parkville, Towson, White Marsh and other communities.

The governor also appointed Cathi Forbes, a mediation coordinator for the Orphans’ Court for Baltimore County and a co-founder of Towson Families United, to represent District 42A, which covers part of Towson.

“I am confident that Carl Jackson and Cathi Forbes will represent the citizens of Baltimore County admirably in their new role as state delegates,” Hogan said in a statement.

Jackson is taking over for Eric Bromwell, who had served in Annapolis since 2003 before he left this past August to serve as Baltimore County’s first opioid strategy coordinator. Forbes will step in for Stephen Lafferty, who held the delegate post since 2007 until recently joining becoming Baltimore County’s chief sustainability officer. 

Baltimore County’s Democratic Central Committee nominated both Jackson and Forbes for the open delegate spots. Central committees for both major parties in Maryland get to nominate replacements whenever someone leaves a seat, which then must be approved by the governor. As Maryland Matters recently noted, about a fifth of the state’s 188 members are now appointees rather than electees.

Both Forbes and Jackson will officially become delegates after being sworn in by newly minted House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne Jones.

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