(RANDALLSTOWN – January 5, 2019) – Last week, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan appointed 44th district state Delegate Charles Sydnor, III to replace retired state Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam.
Sydnor won the appointment over Delegate Keith Haynes (D-44).
Sydnor represented the 2/3rds Baltimore County part of the 44th state legislative district, while Haynes represents the 1/3rd Baltimore City part of the 44th.
This appointment may be short-lived as there are talks about removing the 44th district from Baltimore City altogether as the drop in population no longer warrants six (6) Baltimore City state districts.
In any event, Sydnor pays respects to the tenacious support of state Sen. Delores Kelley. A seasoned politician who has been in Annapolis since her first election in 1990, Kelley is a master of the political game. Feared by some and loved by others, very few elected officials know Annapolis as well as she. After all, Kelley literally taught the course as she was a political science professor at Coppin State for years.
Long story short, Kelley’s support of Sydnor obviously helped him win favor from the Governor.
Kelley told Bmorenews.com that she likes “progressive” individuals who are all about “fairness.” Agree with her or not, one thing Kelley has fought long and hard for are the economically challenged communities in Baltimore City. Of course, these are heavily Black jurisdictions where issues like mass incarceration touch most if not all families in some way or another.
Sydnor, a lawyer by profession, told Bmorenews, “I get to represent my place of birth.” Noting his childhood roots in the Sandtown and Poppleton communities of West Baltimore, Sydnor said he is no stranger to Baltimore. He remembers the Arabbers. He remembers Lafayette Market. He even remembers participating in Jackson 5 dance competitions in the streets of West Baltimore back in the 70s.
“I had a cousin get murdered on Mount Street in August of ‘91,” he said. “I got my hair cut on Mount Street, too. So, while I don’t live in the City any more, I am not unfamiliar with the issues the people there face. I even said during my interview that I am the only candidate from Baltimore. I have family still there.”
He continued, “I remember my grandfather telling me about the time when Blacks were not accepted at Bon Secours Hospital. So, I’m profoundly excited for this position. I don’t take it for granted. And I plan to visit all parts of the district.”
Sydnor becomes the first Black male state Senator from Baltimore County, following Kelley and Nathan-Pulliam.