Maryland Gov.-elect Wes Moore, pictured with President Biden at a rally shortly before Election Day (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)
Maryland Gov.-elect Wes Moore, pictured with President Biden at a rally shortly before Election Day (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)

More members of the Moore/Miller transition team have been announced, giving political insiders and activists a better idea of what their administration may look like.

Maryland Gov.-elect Wes Moore’s transition team is continuing to make history with its membership. Aruna Miller, the lieutenant governor-elect, is the first Asian-American transition chair in Maryland’s history. According to the transition website, there is majority-minority representation on every committee, in line with Maryland’s status as the only state on the East Coast that is majority-minority, and each county is represented. More than half of the committees are led by women, and 236 committee members. There are over 1,350 at-large transition members currently. 

The transition team includes leaders in academia, policy, housing and other areas that will help Moore’s administration get off to a running start. With supermajorities in both the House of Delegates and State Senate, it is presumed that Moore will be working collaboratively with his party. 

Charlene Mickens Dukes, the first female President of Prince George’s Community College and former State Board of Education President, is serving as a Co-Chair on the Education Executive Committee along with Richard H. Warren, Jr., a Hazel Professor of Education at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, and 2019 Maryland State Teacher of the Year. Gustavo Torres, the Executive Director of CASA de Maryland, will serve as a Co-Chair on the Jobs and Workforce Development Executive Committee. SEIU 1199 Executive Vice President Lisa Brown will be serving on the Health Care Executive Policy Committee.

Moore has already announced that his Chief of Staff will be Fagan Harris, the CEO of Baltimore Corps who has known Moore for over a decade. Delegate Eric Luedtke, an early supporter of Moore, will be leaving his position as Majority Leader to be Moore’s Chief Legislative Director. Tisha Edwards, Moore’s campaign Chief of Staff, will be serving as Appointments Secretary, a pivotal role in ensuring adequate representation in state government. Amanda LaForge, who served as legal counsel during his campaign and worked in the Glendenning administration, will be chief counsel. Helene Grady, the treasurer for Johns Hopkins University, will serve as Budget Director. 

Moore’s transition team efforts are even more important than usual, as there are currently a large number of vacancies in state government. Earlier this year, legislative analysts reported that there was the highest job vacancy rate at state agencies since 2008, the first year such data was recorded. In March, there were more than 6,000 job vacancies among state agencies and 2,200 open positions at Maryland colleges and universities.

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  1. I am so excited about Governor Elect Moore’s victory. I am challenged being that I have MS and it drains my energy at time. I would like to bring at least ten students to Annapolis to witness Governor Elect wes Moore taking the Oath of Office. This will be a first time engagement of immense positive exposure for the selected few students. Is this possible? If so what do I need to do? In addition I am currently available to volunteer in any capacity for the inauguration. I would also be able to purchase a ticket to the Inauguration Ball. As an educator I want to expose students to activities their parents are not exposing them to. The last inauguration ball I was to attend but a horrific traffic accident enroute to the ball incident prevented it . Please get in contact with me as soon as possible whereas if applicable on my side preparations can commence.

  2. The Moore-Miller Transition Team should have each department or group properly represented. It appears hearing people with disabilities and people with hearing disabilities are not being represented. It is recommended that at least one representative from each group be appointed ASAP.

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