Eight apply for job of Frederick County delegate
After a bit of a flap documented in this piece published by The Gazette, the Frederick County Republican Central Committee has released the names of the eight people who have applied to fill a legislative seat vacated earlier this month.
They are: Ronald S. Bird, William G. Folden, Mike Hough, Charles A. Jenkins, John R. Lovell, Jr., Roger W. McArthur, Katie Nash, and J.R. Younkins.
A nominating committee will review the applications and meet Sunday to decide which three candidates can progress to the interview stage. Interviews will take place Wednesday, and the committee will forward its choice to Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, for approval. The process is detailed here.
The vacancy -- which looks to be filled in time for the Jan. 13 kickoff of the 90-day legislative session -- came about because Del. Richard B. Weldon Jr., recently stepped down to become executive assistant to Frederick Mayor Randy McClement.
Weldon was a Republican until September 2008, at which time he left the party to become an Independent.