ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers are choosing a new speaker of the House, and for the first time it won’t be a white man.

A one-day special session is scheduled in Annapolis, Maryland, on Wednesday.

Del. Maggie McIntosh, a white lesbian progressive Democrat from Baltimore, is running against Del. Dereck Davis, a black Democrat from Prince George’s County.

It’s been a close race in an unusually public contest that generally has been settled for decades in private conversations between legislators before the final public vote.

The winner needs a majority of votes in the chamber, which has 98 Democrats and 42 Republicans.

They’ll be choosing a successor to Michael Busch, the longest-serving House speaker in the state’s history. He died the day before the annual legislative session ended April 8.

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Comments (3)
  1. Tickedoff Person says:

    Yup…We went from a rubber stamping tax increasing white man to a rubber stamping tax increasing black woman

  2. Willis Jackson says:

    What is wrong with a white man? I am very offended. Fire whoever wrote this!

  3. Christopher Despot says:

    If what Mary Bubala said gets her fired then this should get this person fired and the editor for letting such a statement go. Racism works both ways WJZ!

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