Orphans Court judge candidate wants to help people in need

July 28, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

WASHINGTON COUNTY - If elected as a Washington County Orphans Court judge, retired air traffic controller Samuel "Sam" Tubaugh said he looks forward to helping people in need.

"It'll give me the opportunity to do what God put me here for: To help people in times of stress, in times of need and to make sure they get their fair shake," Tubaugh said.

A native of Indiana, Tubaugh, 77, spent 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, then 26 years as an Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controller. He spent the last 20 years of his career as a controller at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

"God went to work with me every day, and helped me make the right decisions, so now it's time for me to give back to the community," he said.


When Tubaugh came to Washington County in 1974, he said, "I didn't fall in love with the area as much as I did the people. We have some of the most fantastic people I have ever met."

Tubaugh is a member of American Legion Post 42, Elks Lodge 378, Long Meadow Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1936 and Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

He has three children, nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. His wife, Ruth, died in 1996.

In 2002, Tubaugh was selected by the Washington County Democratic Central Committee to run for Orphans Court judge, but lost.

Tubaugh, who filed July 3 for the post, and Joseph "Joe" D. Faith are the only two Democrats out of seven hopefuls - including two incumbents - to file for the three open seats.

Five Republicans, including incumbents John M. Shriver and Joseph Eichelberger, also filed to run. Orphans Court Judge Samuel Bayer did not file for re-election.

Donald McCammon, Roy "Ted" Hart and Gloria Bastian were the other three Republicans to file for the posts.

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

The primary election is Sept. 12, and the general election is Nov. 7.

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