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Maryland's Legislative Black Caucus names new leaders — none from Baltimore

Del. Cheryl Glenn
Del. Cheryl Glenn (The Baltimore Sun / Michael Dresser)

Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus has named its new leaders, but none are from Baltimore — the historical cradle of African-American political power in Maryland.

Del. Cheryl D. Glenn, the Baltimore Democrat who has led the caucus for the last two years, said Thursday that the caucus had chosen Del. Darryl Barnes of Prince George’s County as its new chairman.

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Barnes, who is a Democrat like all black Maryland legislators, had been first vice chairman.

Other members of the caucus’ executive committee come from Baltimore County, the Eastern Shore and Charles, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Glenn said.

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Glenn, who represents East Baltimore, will serve as chairman emeritus. She said that is a nonvoting position.

“I’m still going to be very involved,” she said.

Glenn said she tried to interest other Baltimore delegates in seeking a caucus leadership position.

“Everybody’s tied up with other stuff,” she said. “We don’t have anyone in the pipeline.”

Glenn said one challenge in recruiting was that three of the city’s African-American delegates are running for the Senate. Four others are appointed delegates seeking election to the House for the first time.

During her tenure, Glenn helped build the caucus into a force to be reckoned with — at least in the House. While open to members of both chambers, it has been less of a presence in the state Senate.

Besides Barnes, the new officers are: First Vice Chairman Edith J. Patterson of Charles County; Second Vice Chairman Benjamin T. Brooks Sr. of Baltimore County; Treasurer Pam E. Queen of Montgomery County; Secretary Jazz M. Lewis of Prince George’s County; and Financial Secretary Shree Sample-Hughes of Wicomico County.

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