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Ted Sophocleus' widow nominated to serve rest of his term

The late Del. Ted Sophocleus, seated right, winner of the 2017 Legendary Award in May 2017, is greeted by Senator Ben Cardin, standing left, and Congressman Anthony Brown, standing right. Alice Sophocleus, his wife, is seated to the left.
The late Del. Ted Sophocleus, seated right, winner of the 2017 Legendary Award in May 2017, is greeted by Senator Ben Cardin, standing left, and Congressman Anthony Brown, standing right. Alice Sophocleus, his wife, is seated to the left. (Paul W. Gillespie / Capital Gazette)

The widow of Ted Sophocleus, a longtime Anne Arundel County delegate who died last month, has been nominated to serve out the remainder of his term, the county’s Democratic Central Committee announced Tuesday.

Alice Sophocleus’ nomination will be forwarded to Gov. Larry Hogan, who has up to 30 days to approve the choice to fill that vacancy. Her husband’s term ends in November.

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Ted Sophocleus, a Linthicum Democrat who was one of the longest-serving public officials in county history, died June 8 while hospitalized in Baltimore.

“She did an excellent job during the time of her husband’s illness and was working with him while he was sick,” said Christine Davenport, chairwoman of the county Democratic Central Committee. “She stood by him the whole time. … We know she’ll do well.”

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Del. Ted Sophocleus, D-Linthicum, died Friday in the hospital surrounded by his family. He died after complications from surgery following a neck injury.

Alice Sophocleus worked closely with her husband during his political career of more than two decades.

The late delegate had been running for another term in a crowded District 32 primary, but died before the June 26 election. He had surgery earlier this year after a neck injury and took a brief leave of absence during the 2018 General Assembly session.

Alice Sophocleus is the second widow this year to be nominated to serve out her husband’s term in the General Assembly. Linda Norman, the widow of state Sen. H. Wayne Norman Jr., was nominated by the Republican Central Committees of Cecil and Harford counties in March to serve the remainder of his term.

The Annapolis Capital and Baltimore Sun reporter Erin Cox contributed to this article.

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