The Baltimore Democratic Central Committee met Friday evening, February 15 at the Oliver Community Center to choose a successor to the late Del. Hattie Harrison.
I attended to support one of the nine candidates and also to see if what one legislator told me about a year ago was to come true. The legislator told me that Nina Harper was going to be the successor to Hattie Harrison. During the evening the legislator let it be known that if she said this, she meant it to be an explanation of the process of succession. I must be very naive because I didn't think that would happen, but, in truth, that is exactly what happened.
But not without some superb wheeling and dealing on the part of the members of the central committee. To the committee's credit they had an orderly method of questions and answers to acquaint everyone with the candidates. However, three of the candidates were members of the central committee. Following their presentations they then sat in their places on the committee. I began to calculate in my head that if each of them voted for themselves there would only be four relevant votes for others.