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Carr Tapped to Succeed Lawton

Montgomery County's Democratic Central Committee has tapped Al Carr, a Kensington Town Council member, to succeed the late Del. Jane Lawton in District 18.

Carr, who ran unsuccessfully for the seat last fall, is a telecommunications businessman and engineer. He had the endorsement of the popular District 18 Sen. Richard Madaleno and received 14 of the 22 votes cast late last night.

Alfred C. Carr (Friends of Alfred Carr)

The committee passed over Rosalyn Woodward Pelles, who had the support of Lawton's family and County Council member Valerie Ervin. Pelles, a civil rights and labor activist, received just two votes. She was a political ally of Jane Lawton, who died from an apparent heart attack late last month.

Rick Kessler, a lobbyist and former Congressional staffer from Silver Spring, had the support of Sen. Rob Garagiola and received the other six votes.

Carr's appointment must be approved by Gov. Martin O'Malley. No word yet on when O'Malley will act.

By Ann Marimow  |  December 12, 2007; 10:22 AM ET
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