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Wed Oct 30, 2019, 10:30 PM

How a young Baltimore legislator became the Democrats' pick to lead the Maryland Senate

Less than a month ago, a behind-the-scenes race to become the next president of the Maryland Senate was deadlocked.

Four prominent senators who had declared their candidacies behind the scenes were unable to gain a consensus on who should succeed the powerful Thomas V. Mike Miller, a state political legend who has led the Senate for more than three decades but is suffering from cancer and was considering stepping aside.

That’s when Sen. Delores Kelley intervened. The Baltimore County legislator, 83, is known as the “Dean of the Senate.” She’s also chairwoman of the Finance Committee.

Kelley called Sen. Bill Ferguson, a 36-year-old from Baltimore, and asked him to run.

Read more: https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-ferguson-kelley-tick-tock-20191029-ve3spa7nhnaqfhywsseck7pgai-story.html

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