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List narrowed to four for county District Court judge

March 31, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN

The Washington County Judicial Nominating Committee narrowed a list of prospective District Court judges from 11 to four on Wednesday.

Making the cut were:

  • Gregory Curtis Bannon, a private attorney

  • Daniel Patrick Dwyer, Washington County Circuit Court Domestic Relations Master

  • Mark Duvall Thomas, a part-time Washington County Assistant State's Attorney and private attorney

  • Margaret Lynn Williams, a private attorney


Bannon and Dwyer automatically made the list because they were nominated in 2004 for the District Court bench that was vacated with the retirement of Judge R. Noel Spence.

M. Kenneth Long Jr. was appointed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich to that judgeship in June 2004, but he vacated it when appointed to a newly created fifth Circuit Court seat in December 2005.

Deputy State's Attorney Steven C. Kessell and Assistant State's Attorneys Gina M. Cirinicion and Robert C. Veil Jr. also applied for the District Court seat.

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Mark K. Boyer, a part-time assistant state's attorney and private attorney, and private attorneys Dana Lynne Moylan, Michael E. Nehring and Scott Lee Schubel also applied for the District Court seat.

Bannon, 52, of Boonsboro, said Thursday that not much has changed about his desire to become a District judge since 2004, except he's "two years wiser."

Bannon, of Bannon & Baylog in Hagerstown, has practiced both civil and criminal law in Washington County for 26 years.

Williams, 54, of Hagerstown, said Thursday, "I'm very pleased to have made the list."

Williams, of Barton, Williams & Wilkinson, has practiced mostly civil law in Washington County since 1988, after moving from Montgomery County, Md.

Dwyer, 50, of Hagerstown, said that he and Bannon were nominated for the District Court position "two years ago today."

"I feel badly for all the candidates that didn't make it through. There were a lot of good lawyers in the group," he said.

Dwyer is a former private attorney and a former prosecutor who has served as the Circuit Court Domestic Relations Master since 1996.

"I'm always hopeful," Dwyer said.

Thomas could not be reached for comment.

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