Larry Young forms committee to explore state Senate run

May 24, 2006|By NICOLE FULLER | NICOLE FULLER,SUN REPORTER

Larry Young, who was expelled from the Maryland Senate for ethics violations, said last night he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for his old seat.

Young said he is considering the race because of his dissatisfaction with the leadership of District 44 and urging from former constituents. He said he will make a decision within two weeks.

"The community people been calling me, `I want you to run," Young said. "It was so clear to me that there was a groundswell."

He made the announcement at a barbecue gathering in the courtyard of his Eutaw Street apartment building, with supporters, including U.S. Senate candidate Kweisi Mfume; former state Sen. John D. Jeffries, who had been appointed to complete Young's term after the 1998 expulsion; Stuart O. Simms, the Democratic gubernatorial running mate of Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan; and Baltimore City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr.

Young, 54, has been a morning talk-show host on WOLB-AM since leaving the Senate. In 1999, he was acquitted of bribery and tax evasion charges.

In 2001, the Rev. Al Sharpton named him the leader of the Baltimore chapter of his civil rights group, National Action Network.

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