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Former Hancock Mayor nominated to Elections Board

April 01, 1999

ANNAPOLIS - Former Hancock Mayor Ralph E. Wachter has been nominated to the Maryland State Board of Elections.

"I've always been interested in government and this is the basic premise of all government, the election process, " said Wachter, 71.

If Wachter's nomination is approved by the Maryland Senate later this week, Wachter will begin serving the remainder of a term that expires in July.

Wachter was well received by the Senate's Executive Nominations Committee on Monday, said Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington.

A native of Hancock, Wachter spent his career as an educator. He was a teacher in Hancock, a high school principal in Cecil County, Md., and was superintendent for the Calvert County, Md., school system.

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After retiring from teaching, he got involved in the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, where he was executive director for three years.

"My whole life has been public service," he said.

Wachter returned to Washington County about nine years ago and was mayor of Hancock for four years in the mid-1990s.

He now lives at 13572 Donnybrook Drive in Hagerstown.

The Senate also is considering two reappointments to the Washington County Board of Election Supervisors.

Charles L. Mobley Jr. and Dorothy M. Waters, both of Hagerstown, have been nominated to serve four more years.

- Laura Ernde

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