(ANNAPOLIS – November 11, 2022) – With the General Election coming to a close and Prince George’s being one of the most Democratic counties in the nation, it is safe to assume that the Democratic primary winners will win and be sworn in early next year. Six new Delegates, along with a former Delegate and former Senator, will be returning to serve in the Maryland General Assembly this upcoming January.
Some of the Delegates and Senators who will be sworn in to serve in Annapolis will be:
- Bowie City Councilmember, Mayor Pro Tempore, and Senior Director of Government Affairs at Oracle Corporation Adrian Boafo (D23)
- Vice President of Family Choice Healthcare and former State Senate staffer Kym Taylor (D23)
- Business owner and former Delegate Tiffany Alston (D24)
- Pastor and social justice advocate Jamila Woods (D26)
- Prince George’s County Local Development Council Member and veteran Kevin Harris (D27A)
- Pastor and former legislative director Jeffrie Long Jr. (D27B)
- Prince George’s County Councilmember Deni Taveras (D47B)
- Pastor and former Senator C. Anthony Muse (D26)
Jeff Long will be one of the youngest members of the General Assembly, at just age 26, and won his election with union support against appointed Delegate Rachel Jones. Adrian Boafo will be one of many members of the Maryland General Assembly with municipal governance experience.
The new Delegates will comprise a sizable bloc in the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, possibly impacting the selection of new caucus leadership as Chair Darryl Barnes and Treasurer Ben Brooks have announced they will step down in December.
Kym Taylor, the president of a homeowner’s association in Bowie, aims to tackle racial disparities in home appraisals. Kevin Harris defeated incumbent Susie Proctor in a South County, single-member district. According to his campaign website, he plans to fight for a livable minimum wage and expand transportation options to relieve traffic congestion in South County.
Deni Taveras is leaving the County Council to serve in the House of Delegates. Her district includes Hyattsville and she plans to work with the next Governor on education, immigrant issues, and completing the Purple Line.
Tiffany Alston and C. Anthony Muse are returning to Annapolis with tenure. Alston was first elected in 2010 and was later removed. Some of her legislative plans include regulating 24-hour tobacco shops and improving mental health care. Senator Muse was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1994, opted not to run in 1998, then ran for County Executive in 2002 following Jack Johnson’s term limits, and ousted former Senator Obie Patterson in 2006. Muse led a slate that included incoming Delegate Jamila Woods and incoming Councilwoman Krystal Oriadha.
The new members of the Maryland General Assembly will be sworn in on January 11, 2023.