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8 apply for judgeship

February 06, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

Two women and six men, including the Washington County state's attorney, have submitted applications to fill the open judgeship in Washington County District Court.

Two judgeships are assigned to Washington County District Court, one of which opened in December when R. Noel Spence retired from the bench due to state age limits. Judges must step down at age 70.

The application period closed Wednesday. Eight local attorneys submitted applications to the state's court administrative office, and will be interviewed by a local judicial nominating commission. Those interviews are scheduled for March 30.

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The nominating commission, with some members appointed by the governor and some selected by local lawyers, will submit a list of applicants for review by the governor, who will appoint a judge from the nominee list. Historically, the governor personally interviews judicial nominees.

Applicants must live in Washington County and must be registered to vote. They are:

  • Gregory Curtis Bannon, of Boonsboro. He is a private attorney at the Hagerstown firm Bannon & Balog. He did not return phone calls Thursday seeking further information.

  • Mary Anne Day, 53, of Hagerstown. She is a private attorney at the Frederick firm Day & Schiszik in Frederick, Md., practices family law and is a registered Democrat.

  • Daniel Patrick Dwyer. He is a private attorney in Hagerstown. He did not return phone calls Thursday.

  • Jerome Joseph Joyce, 55, of Clear Spring. He owns a private law office in Hagerstown, practices criminal defense, and is a registered Republican.

  • M. Kenneth Long Jr., 56, of Hagerstown. He is the Washington County state's attorney, and is a registered Republican.

  • R. David Pembroke, 49, of Hagerstown. He owns a private law office in Hagerstown and primarily practices criminal defense and family law. He is a registered Democrat.

  • Robert C. Veil Jr., 44, of Leitersburg. He is an assistant Washington County state's attorney and a registered Republican.

  • Margaret Lynn Williams, 52, of Hagerstown. She is a private attorney for the Hagerstown firm Barton, Williams & Wilkinson. She practices civil law and is a registered Democrat.
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