Stepping out from behind the scenes, one of the most successful of Baltimore's campaign organizers is a public official herself -- and she didn't even have to run for the seat.
Maggie I. McIntosh, who has managed winning campaigns at every level from presidential primaries to City Council, was sworn in yesterday as a member of the House of Delegates from Baltimore's 44th District.
She replaces Anne S. Perkins, who resigned to teach in China. The oath of office was administered by House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell Jr., D-Kent, during a ceremony in the speaker's Annapolis office.
Ms. McIntosh, 45, was named to replace Ms. Perkins by the district's Democratic Central Committee. She will serve the remaining two years of Ms. Perkins' four-year term and then may run for re-election.
Now a high-ranking aide to Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Ms. McIntosh becomes a delegate just in time to vote in next week's special legislative session to balance the budget.
She is the second member of the assembly to take a seat this fall. Del. James W. Hubbard of Prince George's County replaced Charles J. Ryan, formerly chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, who resigned last summer.
Ms. McIntosh worked closely with City Council President Mary Pat Clarke in her successful races for City Council member and president.
In 1988, Ms. McIntosh directed the Democratic primary campaign of Michael S. Dukakis.
Most recently, she directed Ms. Mikulski's smashingly successful re-election campaign this fall. Ms. Mikulski defeated Republican Alan L. Keyes with more than 70 percent of the vote.
The new delegate said she will leave Ms. Mikulski's office as soon as a replacement is found.