It appears that the answer is “yes,” according to a Baltimore Sun article this afternoon. And maybe another one right after that. Senator Lisa Gladden has serious health issues.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said he does not expect Sen. Lisa A. Gladden to be in her seat Wednesday when the General Assembly reconvenes for its 2017 session.
The Northwest Baltimore Democrat, serving her fourth term in the Senate, missed the second half of last year’s session as symptoms of her multiple sclerosis worsened.
Miller said Gladden is represented by a lawyer who has been in contact with Senate officials. He said officials have her retirement arrangements in the works and “everything she needs to have an honorable departure” after a great career.
Gladden has not returned emails in recent weeks, and her voice mail account is full. Messages left for her attorney have not been returned.
Miller has avoided commenting on the apparent Senate vacancy in recent weeks. But on Tuesday he spoke of a need for Baltimore to have full representation.
“We need a person in the seat to vote on key issues,” Miller said.
The Senate president emphasized “the decision she makes is hers,” but said he hopes there will be a resolution within a matter of days.
Assuming a current delegate is selected as the new senator, that would create yet another vacancy to fill in D41.