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Feldman picked to replace Garagiola in Md. Senate

Thursday - 9/12/2013, 9:01am  ET

KENSINGTON, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to appoint Del. Brian Feldman to fill the seat being vacated by Montgomery County Sen. Rob Garagiola.

The county's Democratic Central Committee unanimously picked Feldman for the District 15 seat on Tuesday night. University of Maryland engineering professor Bilal Ayyub dropped out of contention for the spot last month.

O'Malley is effectively bound by the committee's choice under the state Constitution. The committee will vote on a recommendation for a new District 15 delegate next month.

Fifty-two-year-old Feldman was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2002. The former chairman of the county's House delegation served more recently as parliamentarian in the chamber.

In June, Garagiola, the Senate majority leader, announced he would resign to spend more time with his children.

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