Notice of Legislative District 16 State Senate Vacancy

Notice of Legislative District 16 State Senate Vacancy

Senator Ariana Kelly has notified the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC) that she has resigned as the Maryland State Senator serving District 16, effective May 5, 2024.  She is leaving the Senate to become the executive director of the Maryland Commission for Women, beginning on May 6.

By authority of Article III, Section 13 of the Constitution of Maryland, the MCDCC shall nominate a person to fill this vacancy within thirty days after the occurrence of the vacancy and submit the nominee’s name to the Governor. The person appointed by the Governor will serve for the unexpired term ending in January 2027.


Individuals interested in applying for this appointment should submit a resume, cover letter, and any other supporting materials that they would like the MCDCC to consider by email to [email protected] with the subject line D16 Senate Vacancy Application no later than Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 5 pm.

Applicants must also provide proof of continuous residency in the district for the past six months. Proof of residency may include a credit card bill, utility bill, bank statement, or mail from a federal, state, or local government agency showing the applicant’s address. Submit a current proof of residency and one dating back six months.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must be a registered Democratic voter in the State of Maryland, a resident of Legislative District 16 for at least six months, and at least 25 years old.

Determination of eligibility for the appointment by the MCDCC shall be final and not subject to appeal. Candidates who meet the above qualifications will be invited to make a brief oral statement and answer questions by MCDCC members at the June 3, 2024 meeting. The MCDCC will vote to nominate a candidate after concluding the interviews and forward the nominee’s name to the Governor.


The District 16 Democratic Club will host hosted a public forum for residents of District 16 to meet the applicants on Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 7 pm via Zoom.

All attendees, including applicants, must register in advance at

View forum video here.


The public is invited to submit a statement of support for their preferred candidate by 5 pm, Wednesday, May 29, 2024 using the form at


The MCDCC will interview all qualified applicants and vote to recommend a candidate to the Governor to fill the vacancy during a special meeting on Monday, June 3, 2024 at 6:30 pm. All applicants must attend in person.

The meeting will be open to the public and held in-person at MCDCC Headquarters,

12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852, and will be live-streamed via Zoom Webinar.

All attendees, whether they wish to attend in-person or via Zoom Webinar, must register in advance at


Deadline to Submit Applications

Thursday, May 16, 5 pm. Apply via email to [email protected]

D16 Public Forum for Applicants and Voters

Thursday, May 23 at 7 pm via Zoom Webinar. Register at

Deadline to Submit Statements of Support

Wednesday, May 29 at 5 pm. Submit via the form at

MCDCC Nomination Meeting

Monday, June 3, 6:30 pm, in-person and via Zoom webinar. Register at