Committee searching for replacement for Del. Hattie Harrison

The Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee is searching for a replacement for Del. Hattie Harrison, who was the longest-serving member of the House of Delegates

Harrison died of heart disease complications Monday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 84.

Harrison represented the 45th legislative district, which includes much of northeast and east Baltimore. To be eligible for the seat, candidates must be a registered voter and have lived in the district for at least one year.

The committee will accept resumes from Feb. 1 until Feb. 11. They should be sent to: Scherod C. Barnes, Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee, P.O. Box 23763, Baltimore, Maryland 21203.

Interviews will be held on Feb. 15 at the Oliver Community Center at 1400 East Federal Street. Those with questions can email Barnes at

Barnes encouraged all interested candidates to apply.

"Normally, you want somebody actively involved in the community, who’s concerned about people," he said. "Anybody and anyone can apply." 

The committee will make recommendations to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who will make an appointment.

Harrison, a Democrat, had represented East Baltimore's 45th District since 1973. Born in Lancaster, S.C., Harrison attended Baltimore public schools and was a graduate of Antioch College. She was a schoolteacher for much of her life.

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