Hettleman Nominated as Replacement for Vacant Senate Seat

Delegate Shelly Hettleman

Maryland state Delegate Shelly Hettleman was recommended by the Baltimore County Democratic State Central Committee for the vacant District 11 Senate seat. The seat has been vacant since the beginning of January when Judicial Proceedings Chairman Senator Bobby Zirkin stepped down from office.

From Baltimore Sun:

Hettleman obtained four out of five votes from the committee members representing District 11, which includes neighborhoods in northwest Baltimore County, such as Pikesville, Owings Mills and part of Timonium. She faced off against Del. Jon. Cardin of Owings Mills and Alan Zukerberg, a community activist and president of the Pikesville Communities Corporation.

A small group of committee members based in each district are tasked with voting for their respective representative when a vacancy opens due to a resignation. The full committee still needs to vote Tuesday night to formally consent to the appointment recommended by the district committee.

Once the full committee votes, the recommended candidate for the position will be submitted to Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, who has the final authority on filling these positions. Once he officially receives the nomination, he has 15 days to make the appointment.

Members of the committee will also vote on their choice to fill District 44B House of Delegates seat, which is currently vacant as former Delegate Charles Syndor was appointed to fill the seat of former state Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, who resigned due to health concerns.