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Ex-teacher seeks court post

July 12, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN - Donald McCammon wants to continue helping children, which is why the retired Washington County teacher and school administrator said he decided to file for county Orphans Court judge.

McCammon, 63, of 12930 The Terrace, filed July 3 to run for Orphans Court judge on the Republican ticket. He is one of seven candidates vying for three open seats, which carry four-year terms.

The primary election is Sept. 12. The general election is Nov. 7.

Orphans Court judges meet two days a week at the Washington County Courthouse to probate wills, set attorneys' fees, settle disputes over estates, and appoint administrators and guardians.

They make $7,000 a year.

Over the years, McCammon said he's always listened to his students, "even when they don't think I'm listening. I've really tried to help students, and this is another way to help."

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After 36 years as a history teacher and administrator, McCammon retired from Washington County Public Schools in 2001.

He was a history teacher at North Hagerstown High School from 1965 until 1980, worked as a vice principal at four schools and was a history teacher at Clear Spring High School until his retirement.

Originally from Waynesboro, Pa., McCammon has lived in Washington County since 1965. His wife, Jane McCammon, died in 1998. He has one son, Geoffrey.

McCammon is on the advisory board of the local Salvation Army. He continues to substitute teach, but enjoys spending his spare time reading and doing crossword puzzles to keep his brain active.

Four other Republicans, including incumbents John M. Shriver and Joseph Eichelberger, filed to run for the three open seats. Orphans Court Judge Samuel Bayer did not file for re-election.

Roy "Ted" Hart and Gloria Bastian are the other Republicans who filed for the posts.

Joseph "Joe" D. Faith and Samuel "Sam" Tubaugh are the Democrats who filed for the seats.

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