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Fox seeks second Orphans' Court term

June 11, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Democrat Linda Fox has filed for a second term as a judge of the Washington County Orphans' Court.

The top vote-getter in 1994, Fox, 55, of Williamsport, is a 1960 graduate of Williamsport High School and a 1962 graduate of Hagerstown Junior College.

A bookkeeper for most of her career, Fox is employed by Leon Catlett.

Fox said she would like to have another term on the Orphans' Court so she can continue to serve the citizens of Washington County.

She said she feels that helping to determine the final wishes and requests of individuals and providing for minor children is an important task that should be handled with respect.

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The three judges of the Orphans' Court meet 10 times a month in the Washington County Courthouse. They settle contested wills, approve the appointment of personal representatives and set commissions for attorneys in the probate of wills.

In addition, Orphans' Court judges oversee guardianships of minors who receive property from an estate. To ensure that property is safeguarded, the court appoints a guardian to report to the court once a year.

As top vote-getter and because Democrats are the majority party in Maryland, Fox has served as chief judge for the past four years. Judges of the Orphans' Court make $6,000 a year.

Fox is a member of the Downsville Christian Church, where she is active in several organizations. She also has been a volunteer for Food Resources of Washington County and is in the Hagerstown Lioness Club.

The deadline for filing is July 6. So far, incumbents John Shriver and Harry Harsh, both Republicans, have filed for a second term and former judge Roy Keefauver, a Democrat, is seeking to regain the seat he lost four years ago.

The top three vote-getters in each party will advance after the Sept. 15 primary. The top three vote-getters in the Nov. 3 general election will win seats.

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