Shriver running again

May 29, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- John M. Shriver has filed to run for a fifth term as Washington County Orphans' Court judge.

Shriver, who turns 60 Sunday, was elected to his first four-year term in 1994.

The Orphans' Court is the state's probate court and has jurisdiction over the guardianship of minors, according to the Maryland Judiciary.

Shriver said judges settle disputes over estates, certify wills and set attorney fees in estate matters.

Washington County has three Orphans' Court judges, who meet on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The other two are Gloria A. Bastian and Joseph W. Eichelberger.

Bastian said Thursday that she was not going to run for re-election. Eichelberger couldn't be reached for comment Thursday or Friday.

The only other candidate who has filed is Brent E. Taylor of Williamsport, a Democrat.

Shriver filed May 21.

He has taught driving for Widmyer Driving School in Hagerstown for more than 25 years.


He and his wife, Joyce, live in Williamsport. They have two children.

Shriver said he enjoys helping people.

"I want to be remembered (for) giving something back to this county," he said. "This county's been good to me. I want to be remembered as a public servant."

The salary for Orphans' Court judges is $7,000 a year.

A primary, if needed, would be Sept. 14. The general election is Nov. 2.

Just the Facts

Name: John M. Shriver

Date of birth: May 30, 1950

Address: 10919 Stuart Drive

Hometown: Williamsport

Education: 1968 graduate of South Hagerstown High School, 1970 graduate of the Institute of Computer Management in Baltimore

Occupation: Certified driving instructor for Widmyer Driving School in Hagerstown for more than 25 years; judge of Washington County Orphans' Court

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: Judge of Orphans' Court since 1994, including chief judge from 2002 to 2007; served on Washington County Republican Central Committee from 1982 to 1994 and was vice chairman from 1986 to 1994; ran unsuccessfully for delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1976

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