Hogan Appoints Williams to Fill Prince George’s Legislative Vacancy

    Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) on Friday appointed Nicole Williams to the Maryland House of Delegates. The governor appointed Williams following the recommendation of the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee.

    Williams, who lives in Greenbelt, will replace former Del. Tawanna P. Gaines (D), who resigned last month before being charged by federal authorities with wire fraud after allegedly pocketing campaign funds for personal use. She subsequently pleaded guilty to the charge.

    Williams is a real estate attorney and a vice chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party who ran unsuccessfully for a House seat in District 22 last year. The district’s three remaining incumbents — Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D) and Dels. Anne Healey (D) and Alonzo T. Washington (D) — endorsed her bid to fill the vacancy.

    “I am confident that Nicole Williams will represent the citizens of Prince George’s County admirably in her new role as state delegate,” Hogan said in a statement. “I offer Ms. Williams my sincere congratulations and look forward to working with her in the upcoming legislative session.”

    On Twitter, Williams said she was “honored and excited” to receive the appointment.

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