By Tashi McQueen,
AFRO Political Writer,
On Feb. 6, Gov. Wes Moore’s nominations for department heads of his advisory boards and commissions were considered by the Executive Nominations Committee in the Senate.
At 5 p.m., several nominees gave statements and were interviewed, including Helene Grady of District 46 for the Department of Budget and Management, Harold A. Carter, Jr. of District 40 for the Morgan State University Board of Regents and David W. Tohn of District 43 for the Maryland Technology Development Corporation Board of Directors (TEDCO).
TEDCO is an independent agency of the state of Maryland that the General Assembly created in 1998. The organization is set up to generate businesses and help them flourish throughout the state.
Sen. Antonio Hayes (D-Md.-40) introduced Carter, a multi-generational Baltimore preacher.
“Many throughout the faith ministry come to him for counsel and advice,” said Hayes. “After the Baltimore Uprising, in his sanctuary, he gathered many from the community, political leaders and ministers alike, and led them down North Avenue bringing a calm to the unrest.”
Carter gave a short statement.
“It’s been a great privilege to have served, and I’m hoping you will reappoint me on the Morgan State University Board of Regents,” said Carter. “It was under former Gov. Hogan that I began, and under Gov. Moore, I hope to continue.”
The Executive Nominations Committee is responsible for intaking nominations made by the Governor for appointments that require Senate advice and consent. During this process, the committee reviews gubernatorial nominees. The committee will then report its recommendations to the Senate, which is to confirm or reject the nominee..
“After 21 years in military service, we chose Maryland and Baltimore in particular as our forever home,” said Tohn. “Since then, I’ve sought ways to plug into the community and continue to serve in meaningful ways, as is TEDCO’s mission.”
Tashi McQueen is a Report For America Corps Member.