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Harrington Chosen by Dems for Britt's Seat

Anne Bartlett

The Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee recommended last night that County Council Chairman David Harrington be appointed to fill a state Senate seat left vacant after the death of Gwendolyn T. Britt.

According to the state constitution, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) must select the person recommended by the party to fill the vacancy. The committee chose Harrington (D-Cheverly) over former state delegate Rushern L. Baker III in a 12 to 11 vote.

Harrington, a former mayor of Bladensburg, has served on the County Council since 2002 and became its chairman in December. He told committee members that, if selected, he would run for election to the seat in 2010. Baker, meanwhile, has been widely believed to be preparing a run for county executive that year.

Harrington promised to honor Britt's legacy by answering directly to the community. His candidacy was supported by state Sen. Nathaniel Exum (D-Prince George's), fellow council member Samuel H. Dean (D-Mitchellville) and several community leaders.

A special election will be held to fill Harrington's council seat.

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 31, 2008; 9:38 AM ET
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Jack Johnson slapping the face of Rushern Baker, the Iveys and the residents of the 47th Legislative District.

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