Yesterday, a semi-crowded House chambers witnessed history, as Maryland’s first female and first African American Speaker of the House, swear-in the first African American state representative from Baltimore County’s 8th district.
Carl Jackson, a 34-year old Overlea High graduate, took the oath of office after being appointed to fill the vacancy of former state delegate Eric Bromwell, who resigned earlier this year to take a position in the administration of Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. Surrounded by his children, along with his mother Alveta Davis, aunt Deborah Ferguson, uncle Anthony Davis and a host of colleagues from the University of Maryland School of Social Work; Jackson almost teared up when accepting this gracious honor.
“I’m both honored and extremely proud to be a member of District 8, and am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work,” said Jackson, in a short-lived speech that began with a tribute to the recently departed Congressman Elijah Cummings. Jackson, who ran for one of the three House seats in the 2018 gubernatorial contest coming up roughly 570-votes short, will now get his chance to serve in elected office, something he credits Barack Obama and his 2008 speech for inspiring.
Members of the central committee and his colleagues stated that Jackson remained vigilante and continued serving the constituents of the district even after his close loss, which made the decision on who would replace Bromwell that much easier. He now joins his colleagues Delegates Harry Bhadari (D) and Joseph C. Boteler (R), along with Senator Katherine Klausmeier in representing the eastern Baltimore County district at least until the 2022 gubernatorial election.
Watch the full video of the swearing-in here, found only at: www.DMVDaily.news