Gov. Hogan appoints former Maryland delegate Jill Carter to ex-Sen. Nathaniel Oaks’ seat

By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan appointed former Del. Jill Carter on Monday to the vacant Baltimore state Senate seat surrendered last month by the disgraced Nathaniel T. Oaks.

Carter, who is director of Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh’s civil rights office, will serve out the remaining seven months in the term. The Baltimore Democrat also is running to win the District 41 seat on a permanent basis.

Oaks resigned his post last month as part of a guilty plea in a federal corruption and bribery case. He is scheduled to be sentenced in July, but still may appear on the ballot for the June 26 Democratic primary election.

Oaks has supported a lawsuit to remove his name from the ballot, even giving up his voter registration in an effort to step aside. The state’s top court will hold a hearing Wednesday on whether to order state elections officials to strike his name.

In the meantime, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller’s chief of staff, Pat Murray, said his office will reach out to Carter on Tuesday to schedule the swearing-in ceremony.

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