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Snook says he doesn't want to fill McKee's delegate seat

February 21, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Former Washington County Commissioner Gregory I. Snook said Wednesday that he probably will not fill a vacant Maryland House of Delegates seat.

Snook was mentioned by political observers as a possible replacement for former Del. Robert A. McKee, who announced his resignation Friday in the wake of a police investigation into possible child pornography at his home in Halfway.

McKee represented Subdistrict 2A for about 13 years.

Snook said he has not applied to fill the position, and he probably will not. Snook said he has had about 30 phone calls from people encouraging him to apply.

"I have thought about it," Snook said.

In Maryland, the central committee in the home county of the delegate or senator vacating the seat recommends a replacement.

Snook served as a Washington County Commissioner for about 16 years before deciding not to run for re-election in 2006.

"The boards and commissions that I'm on now, some of them I'd have to resign from because of conflicts," Snook said. "I enjoy what I'm doing now, so I'm going to stay put."

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Washington County Commissioners James F. Kercheval and William J. Wivell said Tuesday that they are considering applying for the vacant House of Delegates seat.

Both said they had not submitted applications.

All applications must be postmarked by today. The Washington County Republican Central Committee has not released the names of any applicants.

Subdistrict 2A runs west from Cascade and Smithsburg, along the northern part of Washington County, and wraps around Hagerstown as it stretches south to Williamsport.

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