Dwyer files to run for Washington County Circuit Judge

April 05, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County Circuit Judge Daniel Patrick Dwyer has filed to run in this year's election.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed Dwyer to the bench in March 2009, filling a vacancy created when Frederick C. Wright III turned 70, the state's mandatory retirement age.

In Maryland, someone appointed to be a Circuit judge must appear on the ballot in the next election that's at least one year after the vacancy was filled.

The general election is Nov. 2. If elected, Dwyer would serve a 15-year term.

"It's an amazingly challenging and interesting job," he said. "I'm honored and humbled that I was able to get this job."


He filed March 23 to run.

Dwyer, 54, of Hagerstown, was a domestic relations master in Washington County for 13 years before becoming a judge.

A domestic relations master hears cases about divorce, custody, visitation, child support and alimony. The master recommends a decision for a judge.

Dwyer prosecuted cases for the Washington County State's Attorney's Office from 1987 to 1994. He was in charge of the child-support division and handled criminal cases.

He was passed over three previous times for judgeships -- twice for District Court and once for Circuit Court -- before he was chosen last year to be a judge of the Circuit Court.

He was one of eight people who applied to replace Wright and was one of four finalists recommended by a local nominating commission.

Washington County Circuit Court, incumbent

Name: Daniel Patrick Dwyer

Age: 54

Address: Hagerstown

Education: Bachelor's degree in theater and minor in political science from Frostburg State College in 1977; law degree from University of Baltimore Law School in 1984

Occupation: Washington County Circuit Court judge

Political experience: Has served on the bench since April 2009; this is his first run for elected office.

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