On December 18, 2019, it was reported by the Baltimore Sun that Delegate Cheryl Glenn is resigning from her seat held in the 45th District. Resignations are a regular occurrence in our City. Unfortunately, the voters will not have a say in who completes the years remaining in Glenn's term.
Unlike congressional vacancies, in which a special election is held, state legislative offices in Maryland use the appointment system. As of October of this year, one-fifth (1/5th) of the Maryland General Assembly is composed of initially appointed Senators and Delegates. Appointees currently in their first-term are unelected officials.
We are calling for an end to all appointments. Instead of a few party officials dictating a decision that affects everyone in the district, voters deserve a special election.
We encourage upcoming legislative efforts to usher in special elections in Maryland, but we must not stop there. We will continue to lead on electoral reform, including public campaign financing and ranked choice voting.