Middleton and Elizabeth Smith knew one another before vying for the council position. Sharon Green Middleton's husband, union organizer Glen Middleton, was Smith's boss before she resigned her position with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 67, where he is executive director, to run in the 6th District. Smith contends she was also considered for the council appointment in early 2007 and that she had the support of the Metropolitan Baltimore Council of AFL-CIO Unions. Glen Middleton made a motion to endorse her appointment, but, "in midstream, Mr. Middleton and his wife decided that his wife was going to apply for the appointment," Smith says. Smith's now working as the deputy director of CommunityBuilding in Partnership, a West Baltimore economic and community development nonprofit.