By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor,

Three compelling Maryland Senate races are shaping up in West Baltimore in the 40th, 41st and 44th districts. Here are the candidates vying for the West Baltimore Senate chairs.

Clockwise from top left: Antonio Hayes, Barbara Robinson, Jill P. Carter, Victor Clark, Alethia McCaskill, Shirley Nathan-Pulliam. (Courtesy Photos)


Antonio Hayes (D)

Hayes has represented the 40th in the House of Delegates since 2014 and he is seeking to unseat veteran Baltimore politician Sen. Barbara Robinson. Hayes began as a community organizer for the HotSpots program, which provides before and after school care for children. He also served as legislative director for Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon (2003-2006), and was assistant deputy mayor of administration for Mayor Dixon (2007-2010).

Sen. Barbara Robinson (D)

Sen. Robinson was tapped in 2016 to replace the seat formerly held by Mayor Catherine Pugh. Robinson, a long-time educator, previously was a member of the House of Delegates from 2007 to 2016. Robinson is co-founder of the Minority Women Business Owners Association. She was a deputy administrator for the District Court of Maryland, Supreme Bench of Baltimore and the Circuit Court of Baltimore.


Jill. P. Carter (D)

Carter, a lawyer, is currently director of the Baltimore Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement, which presides over the Community Relations Commission and the Civilian Review Board. She served in the House of Delegates representing the 41st from 2003 to 2017. Carter, the daughter of civil rights icon Walter P. Carter, worked as a reporter for the AFRO in the late 1980’s.

Nat Oaks

On April 23, the Baltimore Board of Elections accepted Oaks’ request to give up his voter registration, which Oaks hopes will convince a judge to officially remove his name from the June 26 ballot. Oaks pleaded guilty to two federal felony counts (he will allegedly serve six to 18 months in prison for charges including bribery) an Anne Arundel County Circuit judge on April 20, refused to order the Maryland Board of Elections to remove Oaks’ name from the June 26 primary ballot, because he remains, “a qualified voter.”


Victor Clark, Jr. (R)

Clark, a veteran member and a familiar face in Maryland’s Republican Party, is a member of the Baltimore City Planning Commission. He is also program manager for the Small Business Resources division of the Maryland Department of Commerce.

Alethia McCaskill (D)

McCaskill, a business owner and longtime child advocate, has worked for 19 years as an early learning and child development professional.

Sen. Shirley Nathan -Pulliam (D)

Nathan-Pulliam has been a member of the Maryland Senate since 2015. Previously, she was a member of the House of Delegates representing District 10 in Baltimore County from 1995 to 2015. Originally from Jamaica, Nathan-Pulliam, a registered nurse and business owner, was educated in Nursing in England and the United States.

Sean Yoes

AFRO Baltimore Editor