By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected]

There has never been a Black man or woman representing Maryland in the United States Senate. There are four men and women, Republican and Democrat, who want to change that historical narrative in our state.

Clockwise from left: Antonio “Tony” Campbell, Nnabu Eze, Rikki Vaughn, Debbie “Rica” Wilson. (Courtesy Photos)

Antonio “Tony” Campbell (R)

Campbell is a political science professor at Towson University and a conservative political commentator. He received his Doctorate from Liberty University Seminary and served in the U.S. Army as a Chaplain. He is a member of the executive committee of Maryland’s GOP and served as state chairman of Ben Carson’s presidential campaign in 2016. He is the author of two books, {America Today,} and {A More Perfect Union.}

 

Nnabu Eze (R)

Eze, an information technology contractor, came to the United States from Nigeria when he was seven and grew up in Glassboro, New Jersey He is a graduate of Rutgers University. Eze previously ran for the U.S. House of Representatives Third District as a Green Party candidate. He resides in Owings Mills with his wife and children.

 

Rikki Vaughn (D)

Vaughn, who was born in Baltimore City, is owner of Vaughn’s Restaurant Group. His online biography states he started working at McDonald’s at age 18 as a cashier and eventually became a vice president for the fast food chain. After obtaining his GED at 25, Vaughn went on to graduate magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Hampton Univ. in Virgina. He also received an MBA from the University of the Southwest in New Mexico.

 

Debbie “Rica” Wilson (D)

Wilson is a former public school teacher and college professor. She is the founder and executive director of Brown Girl Wellness, which focuses on the needs of homeless and low-income women and children in rural America. Wilson is a native of South Carolina.