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December 31, 2009

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.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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