Today, another in our series of Conversations with the Candidates. Tom's guest for the hour is State Senator Jill P. Carter, one of the Democratic candidates running to fill the the vacancy in the 7th Congressional District created by the death of Representative Elijah Cummings. Twenty-four Democrats and eight Republicans have filed to run in a special primary election on February 4th.
Senator Carter represents District 41 in the Maryland Senate, a seat she’s held since April, 2018. Before moving to the Senate, she served in the MD House of Delegates for 14 years; she was only the third African-American female attorney to be elected to the Maryland General Assembly. She also served as the Director of the Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights during the Pugh Administration.
The special primary election will be held in three weeks, on February 4th. If you are not yet registered to vote, or if you want to change your party affiliation, you have until 5:00 pm today to register in order to be eligible to vote in the special primary. You have until January 28th to request an absentee ballot by mail, and January 31st for an on-line ballot. There is no early voting in the February 4th primary.
This conversation was live-streamed on WYPR's Facebook page. Watch the video here.