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Appointment Process

Information regarding the appointment process for filling the vacancy for delegate in the Maryland General Assembly in District 30A

The Appointment Process

 

When a seat in the Maryland General Assembly becomes vacant, the local Central Committee of the party of the person who held the seat will nominate an individual to the Governor to fill the vacancy. This process has been in place for many years and is not a new process. In fact, the Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee followed this same process just 10 months ago when filling the District 32 Delegate seat.

The rules are clearly outlined in Maryland law, and our committee's internal processes are laid out in our Bylaws and the Bylaws of the Maryland Democratic Party. The AACDCC will follow current law for this selection process.

The members of this committee are elected by the people. Every four years Democrats from across the State of Maryland go to the polls to vote in the Primary Election. The last election was held June 26, 2018. Every registered Democratic Party voter received a ballot with all Democratic Candidates for office. On that ballot was a section for the Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee and contained the names of the candidates for the Democratic Central Committee. Voters chose 3 members in legislative districts 30, 31, 32, and 33 and 1 member in district 21.

Delegate Mike Busch was a registered member of the Democratic Party, therefore the Democratic Party organization is given the responsibility of recommending a name to Governor Hogan for the seat.

Our committee is made up of 13 members. Per our Bylaws, our committee also nominates at-large members to create a gender balance among the committee members. These at-large members are, legally, not permitted to vote to fill a vacancy in the General Assembly.

When a vacancy in the House of Delegates or State Senate occurs, our committee has 30 days to submit a name to Governor Hogan for his review. Ultimately, it is Governor Hogan who will approve or reject the nominee. 

We are required to allow a 14 day period to accept applications, plus a minimum 24 hours to review the material before conducting interviews. It is for this reason that we began accepting applications on Wednesday, April 10. Applications will be received through 5 pm on Wednesday, April 24. Our committee will review the submitted documents and will interview candidates at a special meeting to be held Thursday, April 25. This meets the 14 day and 30 day deadlines and allows several additional days for contingency.

If our committee does not submit a name to Governor Hogan within 30 days, he will be permitted to select any registered Democrat in district 30A to fill the seat without consultation of the Democratic Party.

Important dates and information

Deadline to submit your application:

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Materials required for submission:

Resume and letter of interest

Additional optional material:

You may submit letters of support from members of the community.

Members of the community may also submit their own letters regarding the appointment process.

The deadline to ensure our members will have time to read your letters will be noon on Thursday, April 25.

Email all documents to:

annearundeldems@gmail.com

Applications received after 5 pm on April 24 will not be considered.

Letters received after noon on April 25 may not be considered due to time constraints.

Applicant Requirements:

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older

Resident of Maryland for at least one year prior to April 25, 2019

Resident of legislative district 30A for at least 6 months prior to April 25, 2019

Candidates should be registered voters in the Democratic Party

Interview Process:

Candidates will be interviewed by our committee. The members of our committee will review the resumes, letters, and other documents ahead of the meeting. Each candidate will be given equal time for the interview process.

Meeting Date:

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Meeting Time:

6:00 PM

Meeting Location:

The meeting will be held at our regular meeting location:

Village Commons Community Center

1326 Main Chapel Way

Gambrills, MD 21054

Public Participation:

Our meeting will be open to the public. Members of the public are welcome to attend and watch the interview process and the voting process. Our committee member's votes will be made public. Questions and letters of support or other concerns should be emailed to our committee. Public comment will be limited to one hour. Speakers must sign up to speak between 5:30 pm and 6:10 pm. Speaking will be first come first served.

How to find out if you live in legislative district 30A:

You can see if you live in 30A here

Questions should be emailed to:

annearundeldems@gmail.com

List of Applicants

 

Below is a complete list of all the names of the individuals who submitted their resume and letter to our committee for consideration prior to the deadline:

  • Jared Littmann

  • Henry Green

  • Brooks Schandelmeier

  • Chrissy Holt

  • Siena Scott

  • Michael Miller

  • Monica Lindsey

  • Gregory Stewart

  • Vickie Gipson

  • Shaneka Henson

  • Aron Axe

  • Sheila Finlayson

  • Keith Vernon

  • Ryan Chitwood

Two additional names were added that were missed in the original counting of names. We have proof of their applications in our email inbox.

Meeting Information:

Thursday, April 25, 2019

6:00 PM

Sign up for public comment between 5:30 pm and 6:10 pm

Location:

The meeting will be held at our regular meeting location:

Village Commons Community Center

1326 Main Chapel Way

Gambrills, MD 21054

Public Participation:

Our meeting will be open to the public. Members of the public are welcome to attend and watch the interview process and the voting process. Our committee member's votes will be made public. Questions and letters of support or other concerns should be emailed to our committee. Public comment will be limited to one hour. Speakers must sign up between 5:30 pm and 6:10 pm to speak. Speaking will be on a first come first serve basis.