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House nominee from Washington County would become first Black Republican woman to join the Maryland General Assembly

Dr. Brenda Thiam is positioned to become the first Republican African American woman to serve in Maryland’s legislature, according to the Washington County Republican Central Committee.

The committee nominated Thiam for the District 2B seat in the House of Delegates on Monday. If Republican Gov. Larry Hogan confirms the pick, she would become the first Black woman to join the Republican caucus in the General Assembly.

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Paul Corderman previously held the seat but was recently nominated and appointed to the Maryland Senate.

The House Minority Caucus said in a news release Monday that Minority Leader Nic Kipke and Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga “enthusiastically” welcome Thiam.

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“She [Dr. Thiam] brings an endless supply of energy and enthusiasm to our Caucus," Kipke said in the news release. “She has a strong sense of community and believes in bringing people together to solve the problems we face.”

Thiam has been a special educator for more than 20 years, working in both private and public schools, the House Minority Caucus said. And earlier this year, Thiam helped establish Oasis Community Support Services Inc., a nonprofit that supports the residential and supported employment needs of adults with autism.

Kipke said that Thiam’s background in special education will be a “tremendous value as we look for ways to improve the education of our children during these times of great upheaval.”

“Brenda Thiam is known to be an honest, hard-working, active, and affable member of the community and we know she will be an excellent representative for Hagerstown’s citizens," Szeliga said.

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