Shoemaker to announce 2014 election plans Monday

Haven Shoemaker, a member of the all-Republican Board of Carroll County Commissioners, will announce his intentions for the 2014 election Monday at noon in front of the Westminster Branch Library on Main Street.

In a press release Thursday, Shoemaker requested that all residents of the county stand with him at the library "where he will make an announcement of great consequence to those interested in the challenges faced by the citizens of Carroll County and the State of Maryland as the 2014 election looms."

Shoemaker, 48, is in his first term as county commissioner and has been rumored as a candidate for delegate in the realigned District 5.

Incumbent delegates from Carroll, Donald Elliott, Justin Ready, Nancy Stocksdale, and Susan Krebs, have all been lumped into the newly realigned three-member District 5 because of legislative redistricting.

District 5 now covers all of Carroll except for Mount Airy and south of Liberty Road.

The cast of four Republican incumbents will not all serve in the legislature in 2014 because of the new district, but Elliott, 82, said he plans to run again.

"I definitely feel like I'm going to run," he recently said. "I do recognize the challenge is greater now than it has been in past years."

Ready, 31, has also said he plans to seek re-election.

Joshua Stonko, a 20-year-old Manchester resident, has already announced his candidacy for delegate in District 5.

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