Baltimore Co. Young Dems Leader Declares for Lafferty’s Seat

    Henry Callegary is first out of the gate in the early race to replace Del. Steven W. Lafferty (D-Baltimore County) in the House of Delegates.

    Callegary, an attorney and president of the Baltimore County Young Democrats, announced his intention to seek appointment to the House in a Facebook post Tuesday night.

    “For over twelve years, Del. Lafferty has served as a tremendously effective advocate for Towson and central Baltimore County in the House of Delegates,” Callegary wrote. “I want to carry on his legacy, while bringing a passionate and youthful vision to Annapolis.”

    Callegary, who is also president of the Campus Hills Community Association in Towson, listed school construction, environmental protection and economic development as the most important issues to him.

    “Constituent service should be the top priority of any local representative and it will be mine,” he wrote. “As your Delegate, I will also work to address the issues that our community and state face with innovative and progressive policy solutions.”

    Lafferty’s District 42A seat will become vacant next month because he is resigning to become the chief sustainability officer for Baltimore County government.

    After a vacancy is formally declared, it is up to the Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee to recommend a successor to Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), who gets to make the appointment.

    Callegary’s bid was instantly endorsed by state Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D).

    “As long as smart, ethical and independent-minded young leaders like Henry Callegary are still willing to dedicate themselves to public service, I believe our political system will be okay in the long run,” Franchot said in a Facebook post.

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