After a long process and multiple legal battles, Prince George's District 24 finally has a state delegate.

Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed Darren Swain to replace Tiffany Alston, whose seat had been vacated for her misuse of public funds. Swain previously served as District 24's delegate from 1999 to 2003.

The Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee had recommended Greg Hall for the position, but O'Malley balked due to Hall's decades-old criminal record. Hall and Alston each sued for the seat, though both lost in court.

While the central committee sent along three more names after the governor rejected Hall, Swain, who is vice president of alumni relations at Bowie State University, was not on the list.

"With experience as a former legislator, support from county and local partners, and his dedication and commitment to moving our state forward, I am confident that Darren Swain will serve the people of Prince George's County with distinction," O'Malley said.