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Orphans Court judge hopeful is retired correctional officer

July 19, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

CLEAR SPRING

Retired correctional officer Joseph "Joe" D. Faith has filed to run for Washington County Orphans Court judge.

Faith, 70, of 14524 Mercersburg Road in Clear Spring, filed July 3 for the post. Seven candidates - including two incumbents - have filed for three open seats, which carry four-year terms.

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

"I just wanted to do something to help some people in the county ... I'm getting older and want something to occupy my time," Faith said.

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.

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They serve four-year terms and make $7,000 a year.

Faith worked as a correctional officer for 20 years before retiring from Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown in 1978. In the 1970s, Faith was president of the Maryland Classified Employees Association at the prison. He and his wife of 50 years, Helen, have two daughters, Jolene Hebb and Yvonne Belt, who also live in Clear Spring with their spouses. Faith has three grandchildren.

A lifelong Washington County resident, Faith said he has voted in every election since his 21st birthday. He served two years with the U.S. Army and was stationed in South Carolina, Texas and New York City.

Faith said he ran unsuccessfully for county commissioner in 1970 and 1974.

"I've always been interested in politics," he said.

Faith said he spends his spare time "taking care of the homefront."

He is a member of Mt. Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fairview, AARP, the Moose Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion in Mercersburg, Pa.

Faith and Samuel "Sam" Tubaugh are the only Democrats to file for the seats.

Republican incumbents John M. Shriver and Joseph Eichelberger and Republican newcomers Donald McCammon, Roy "Ted" Hart and Gloria Bastian also filed to run. Orphans Court Judge Samuel Bayer did not file for re-election.

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