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Eight apply to temporarily replace former Baltimore state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks

Annapolis, MD--January 10, 2018--Senator Nathaniel Oaks sits in his seat in the rear of the Senate chamber on the first day of the 2018 legislative session at the State House. Barbara Haddock Taylor
Annapolis, MD--January 10, 2018--Senator Nathaniel Oaks sits in his seat in the rear of the Senate chamber on the first day of the 2018 legislative session at the State House. Barbara Haddock Taylor(Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

Eight people have applied to fill the Northwest Baltimore state senate seat vacated by former lawmaker Nathaniel T. Oaks, who resigned last month after pleading guilty to federal crimes.

Among the eight who applied for the temporary opening in Baltimore's 41st District is former Del. Jill P. Carter, who is now the director of Baltimore's civil rights office.

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Carter is competing against educator J.D. Merrill in the June primary election for the seat.

The names of those who applied for the temporary opening are: Gary Brooks, James Butler, Wade Moragne El, Charles Smith, Joyce Smith, Jay Steinmetz and former State Del. Shawn Tarrant.

Oaks, whose name also is on the ballot, has asked a court to remove his name from voters' consideration.

Interviews will be held at 6 p.m. on April 17 at the Forest Park Golf Club, 2900 Hillsdale Road, Baltimore, MD 21207.

After the interviews, members of the Democratic Central Committee are scheduled to vote publicly to fill the vacancy.

Former Baltimore state Senator Nathaniel Oaks is supporting a lawsuit to get his own name removed from the Democratic primary ballot, his lawyers told the judge in his case Wednesday. If that effort fails, Oaks will not accept the nomination should he win, the lawyers said.

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