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Four recommended for Washington County judicial vacancy

November 11, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- A nominating commission has recommended four candidates to fill the Washington County circuit judge seat vacated by Frederick C. Wright III, who retired in September.

The four candidates are Mary Anne Day, Daniel Patrick Dwyer, Edward Lester Kuczynski and Dana Moylan Wright.

The Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for Washington County met Thursday to consider candidates for the vacancy, according to a letter from the Administrative Office of the Courts to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who will select Wright's replacement.

Christine Hansen, a spokeswoman for O'Malley, said judicial nominating commissions must send the governor at least three names to consider for a vacancy. O'Malley interviews the candidates before making a choice.

The governor can ask the nominating commission to send additional candidates, Hansen said.

After 37 years as a judge in Washington County, Wright retired Sept. 3, the day before he turned 70, the mandatory retirement age for judges in Maryland. He is continuing to hear cases until a new judge is appointed.

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On Monday, The Herald-Mail received a copy of the Administrative Office of the Courts' letter, which says the 13-member local nominating commission conducted "extensive interviews" and reviewed "all available information about the candidates," then took a secret written ballot.

There is no timetable for O'Malley to appoint a new circuit judge, Hansen said.

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