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Congressional Election Set for June

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said today that Maryland will hold a special election on June 17 to temporarily fill the 4th Congressional District seat is being vacated by Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.).

The announcement came as O'Malley signed emergency legislation allowing a general election for the seat without first holding primaries. The candidates will be chosen by Democratic and Republican party committees, a move that O'Malley said will save the state about $1 million.

Wynn, whose district includes parts of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, has announced he will resign from Congress on May 31. He was soundly defeated in the Democratic primary in Feburary by nonprofit executive Donna F. Edwards, who will take office in January if she wins the November general election in the heavily Democratic district.

The Prince George's and Montgomery County Democratic Central Committees and the Montgomery Republican Central Committee have set meetings for next week to nominate candidates in the special election. The Republican committee in Prince George's has not yet set a date.

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 17, 2008; 4:43 PM ET
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Under the terms of the Donna Edwards Protection Act, the Maryland state Central Committee makes the decision, not the P.G. and Montgomery Central Committees of each party.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | April 17, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Once again, Robin is incorrect about the facts of law, but then that's probably why he was tossed-off the bar.

As long as Montgomery and PG CC's nominate the same person, then that person is the required to the the party's candidate in the election. (See page 7 of HB1627)

Donna's mandate in February entitles her to be the pick of the CC for this special election.

Posted by: PG'er | April 17, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

It's a free country and everyone is entitled to their own reality - no matter what planet they live on, including Mr. Ficker.

Posted by: Fickered-Out | April 17, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

The bill was amended once again to be different from the Senate version so that if both central committees nominate the same person then that person is the nominee under the bill. If the counties disagree, then the state committee makes the choice. The Senate version has the state central committee making the choice. It looks like Donna Edwards' lobbying for the Donna Edwards Protection Act paid off for her, to the detriment of the African Americans in the 4th Diostrict who were unfairly and wrongly denied their right to vote for so long. Why are we spending trillions to give people in Iraq the right to vote while we are complaining that spending a relatively small amount for a Congressional Primary is too much. PGer, whhy didn't you testify against this bill in Annapolis as I did?

The issues in this special election will be completely different. In the February 12 Primary, the only issue was Al Wynn's record and it won't be in the special election, or at least I hope it won't be.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | April 17, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

While O'Malley might have passed the legislation for Ms. Edwards, he has gone a bit overboard honoring me with his recent proclomation that the Special general election shall be held on my brithday.

While I am flattered by this gesture, I am a bit uncomfortable as I don't really know the man.

Google and watch "Money as Debt"

Posted by: Peter James | April 22, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse


Your statement "Donna's mandate in February ENTITLES her to be the pick of the CC for this special election." is the kind of political support that may doom this county to many more years of self-serving representation. The sense of entitlement that many fought in Albert Wynn is now being bestowed upon Ms. Edwards, who won the February primary fair and square (with $1.5M - $2.0M being spent on her behalf by other organizations). Didn't you learn anything from Al Wynn's tenure? No elected official, including Ms. Edwards, is entitled to anything. It must earned each and every time.

Who will she serve? Take Back America? SEIU? PDA? PFAW? or the citizens of the 4th district? I don't really know. Only time will tell. And we all should be watching.

Go Democrats!

Posted by: Jason Jennings | April 23, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

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