Bilal Ali Tapped to Become Baltimore City’s Newest Delegate

Bilal Ali, a community liaison in the Baltimore state’s attorney’s office, was selected Wednesday to become Baltimore’s newest state delegate — part of a series of recent changes to the city’s delegation triggered by the election of Mayor Catherine Pugh and the retirement of state Senator Lisa Gladden.

As reported by The Baltimore Sun,

Ali, an event promoter who sits on the Democratic Central Committee that made the selection, beat fellow committee member Joyce Smith in a 5-1 vote. Ali and Smith both voted for themselves.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is required to appoint a nominee recommended by the committee.

“I’m ready to hit the ground running,” said Ali, who works for State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. “We have a lot of pertinent issues in the 41st District: crime and public safety, education and economic development. … We already have some preliminary legislation we’re working on. I’m very excited.”

Eleven candidates applied to replace Jill P. Carter as a state delegate in the 41st District in Northwest Baltimore. Carter joined the Pugh administration this month as director of the Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement.

Ali defeated Smith, Sean Stinnett, Nii Sowah, Nachum “Nathan” Miller, the Rev. Steven Turner, Dayvon Love, Carrie Evans, Ellie Mitchell, Anthony White and Dr. Sharon Gorenstein.

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