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19 interested in filling McKee's vacated Md. House seat

February 26, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

The Washington County Republican Central Committee said Monday it has received 19 letters of interest from people who are seeking the appointment to the Subdistrict 2A seat in the Maryland House of Delegates vacated by Robert McKee.

The Committee is in the process of reviewing each applicant's information, according to an e-mail from the committee.

The committee released only the names of the candidates. Penny Pittman, central committee chairwoman, on Monday declined to release a list of where the candidates are employed.

"I just don't think we're going to release that kind of information on people," she said.

Those candidates who have an occupation listed beside their name gave the information voluntarily to The Herald-Mail.

The following is the list of candidates who have applied to replace McKee:

· Donald L. Armstrong II, a Volvo Powertrain North America machinist

· James K. Childerston, a psychologist who has a private practice off Eastern Boulevard

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· Jeffrey A. Cline, a Williamsport Town Council member

· James R. Elliott

· Rebecca M. Fishack

· Elizabeth A. Jones, an aide for Del. Christopher B. Shank

· James F. Kercheval, a current Washington County Commissioner

· Elton J. Martin

· James G. McCleaf II, Williamsport mayor

· Robert W. McKenzie

· James D. Morgan

· John C. Munson, a former Washington County Commissioner

· Richard F. Newman

· Andrew A. Serafini, an investment adviser

· Dennis A. Stouffer

· Kerry Walker

· David A. Williams, a dentist and former member of the Smithsburg Town Council

· William J. Wivell, a current Washington County Commissioner

· Glenn A. Young Jr.

The postmark deadline for people to express interest in being appointed to the seat was Thursday.

The Republican Central Committee will recommend someone to replace McKee to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who will make the final decision.

The committee had up to 30 days from the date of the vacancy to make the recommendation to O'Malley.

McKee represented Washington County in the Maryland General Assembly for about 13 years. He announced Feb. 15 that he was resigning effective Feb. 18.

Police have said they searched McKee's Halfway home after getting a tip that child pornography was inside.

McKee has not been charged.

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