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Task of filling McKee's vacancy now begins

February 16, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

In Maryland, when a state delegate or senator resigns, it's up to local political party officials to recommend a replacement to the governor within 30 days.

So, if a Republican delegate resigns, the Republican central committee from the delegate's home county suggests a new delegate, who also must be a Republican.

Within 15 days after receiving the recommendation, the governor appoints a replacement to finish the term, according to the state constitution.

Washington County Republican Central Committee Chairwoman Penny Pittman said people may apply for Robert A. McKee's vacant seat by sending her a letter at P.O. Box 2875, Hagerstown MD 21741.

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Each applicant must have lived in Maryland for at least the past year and in Subdistrict 2A for at least the past six months.

Delegates must be at least 21 years old, the constitution says.

McKee was elected to his fourth four-year term in 2006.

-- Andrew Schotz

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