Baltimore civil rights director Jill Carter running for Senate against Nathaniel Oaks, J.D. Merrill

By Luke Broadwater,The Baltimore Sun


Jill P. Carter, the director of Baltimore’s Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement, on Tuesday filed to run for state Senate against Sen. Nathaniel T. Oaks, who is facing federal corruption charges.


Carter, a former state delegate, becomes the third candidate in the race along with Oaks and J.D. Merrill — a former Baltimore public school teacher and administrator who is also former Gov. Martin O’Malley’s son-in-law.


Carter said she plans to continue in her City Hall position during the campaign and if she wins the election.

“I don’t think Oaks can be effective given his current circumstance,” Carter said. “I also think it’s important that voters have faith in the integrity of those in office. My agenda is the people’s agenda. Never the special interests. Never the establishment.”

Oaks, who this week was removed from his committee positions in the Maryland Senate, did not respond to a request for comment.

Federal prosecutors have charged Oaks with fraud and obstruction of justice. Oaks has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers have said in court documents that he was entrapped by federal agents.

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