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Hogan appoints 2 to fill judicial vacancies in Baltimore city, Carroll County

Cara Lewis

Gov. Larry Hogan has named two career prosecutors to fill judicial vacancies in Baltimore City and Carroll County.

Hogan’s office announced Tuesday that the governor appointed Charles Blomquist to the Baltimore City Circuit Court and Cara Lewis to the Carroll County District Court.

Blomquist joined the Office of State Prosecutor as a deputy state prosecutor in 2020. Before that, he worked in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for nearly two decades, the governor’s office said in a news release, ultimately serving as division chief of the Gun Violence Enforcement Division.

Blomquist is an active member of the Maryland Army National Guard, serving as a colonel, and is currently deployed overseas, the governor’s office said.

“He will continue his career of public service by taking the bench upon his return,” the office said.

Blomquist received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law and holds several master’s degrees, including a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. War College, according to the governor’s office.

Blomquist will fill a vacancy that opened with the retirement of Judge Marcus Z. Shar. Fourteen people applied for the opening and 10 received a nomination from the Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission.

Hogan also appointed Cara Lewis to serve as a Carroll County District Court judge.

Lewis, who has been a prosecutor for nearly 10 years, serves as special counsel in the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office. She handles felony cases, supervises four units in the office and oversees business operations, according to the governor’s office.

She previously worked in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office and, before becoming a prosecutor, was an associate at Tydings & Rosenberg LLP, the governor’s office said.

Lewis received her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.