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Nine apply for Weldon's seat

December 29, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Nine people applied for the state delegate seat Richard B. Weldon Jr. is vacating, Frederick County Republican Central Committee Chairwoman Kelly Schulz said Tuesday afternoon after the filing deadline.

One applicant, though, apparently is from Williamsport -- outside Weldon's Subdistrict 3B. Delegates must live in the subdistrict they represent.

Weldon resigned about two weeks ago, effective immediately, to work for the city of Frederick, but agreed to remain delegate until a new one is named.

Because Weldon was a Republican when he took his delegate seat in January 2003, the GOP committees in the counties he represents -- Frederick and Washington -- recommend his replacement.

Gov. Martin O'Malley will appoint the next delegate.

The application deadline was Tuesday at 5 p.m. Shortly after, Schulz said by phone that nine applications were turned in. Since Tuesday was a postmark deadline, more could come in today or Thursday, she said.

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Schulz said the Frederick and Washington county GOP committees, who are working jointly on the process, agreed not to release applicants' names.

However, when asked if four Frederick County Republicans who publicly expressed interest -- Michael Hough, Charles A. Jenkins, Katie Nash and John Lovell -- were among the nine applicants, Schulz confirmed they were.

It's unclear if anyone from Washington County sought the seat. Schulz said one applicant is from Knoxville -- a postal designation that could apply to residents of either county.

A five-person nominating committee with one Washington County representative will meet Sunday and choose three finalists.

The two county GOP committees will interview those finalists on Jan. 6 and make a final recommendation.

Schulz said she'll hand deliver the final recommendation to O'Malley's office on Jan. 7.

The 2010 Maryland General Assembly session begins Jan. 13. Schulz said she believes O'Malley will appoint someone before then.

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