Baltimore House delegation keeps Del. Curt Anderson as chairman despite his desire to pass on leadership role

Erin Cox
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Veteran Democratic state lawmaker Del. Curt Anderson will remain the leader of the influential Baltimore delegation even after telling all of his colleagues he wanted to step down.

On Friday morning, the city’s delegation voted against holding an election to replace the 68-year-old lawmaker. The action means he will stay in the role until the regularly scheduled leadership election in September, unless he resigns his post.

Anderson, who represents Northeast Baltimore’s 43rd District, has led the city’s16 House lawmakers for a dozen years. He plans to seek an eighth term representing the district.

He said Wednesday that he had been planning a transition to a replacement for six months. He had hoped that Del. Cheryl Glenn, an East Baltimore Democrat, would succeed him.

Not all members of the delegation were willing to go along with that plan. Del. Nick Mosby, a Democrat, was also lining up votes to run for chair of the delegation.

But on Friday, Del. Mary Washington called the out-of-season election process “highly irregular,” particularly because Anderson had not resigned his post.

The delegation voted on whether to suspend its rules to hold an election, but the measure did not get the two-thirds majority needed to pass.

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