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Carroll, Howard committees working to fill state delegate vacancy; County Commissioner Eric Bouchat in running

The recommendation for the vacant District 9A state delegate spot could be agreed upon by the end of the week with two committees preparing to vote for their top choice.

The district includes portions of Carroll and Howard counties. The 442nd session of the Maryland General Assembly begins Jan. 13.

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The Carroll County Republican Central Committee is finished with its interview process, done via Zoom because of COVID-19 restrictions, for those who applied, including County Commissioner Eric Bouchat.

Dave Brauning Jr., chairman of the county’s republican committee, said via email his group is receiving feedback from the public through Jan. 6 on the applicants ― Bouchat, Doug Ilioff, Scott Jendrek, Kyle Lorton, and Reid Novotny — and is set to vote Thursday, Jan. 7.

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The Republican Central Committee of Howard County is scheduled to vote for its choice Wednesday night. The goal is for the committees to work together and send one name to Gov. Larry Hogan as a potential replacement for Warren Miller as a state representative in the House of Delegates.

Brauning said he hopes the Carroll and Howard committees can agree and submit a name by week’s end.

Miller, a Republican who represented Carroll and Howard in District 9A, announced in early December his resignation after serving 17 years in in the Maryland State House. His last day in office was Dec. 30.

Carroll’s committee works with Howard’s in recommending Miller’s replacement, which is chosen by Hogan. The Republican Central Committee of Howard County is scheduled to vote Jan. 6 on its list of six applicants, chairman Steven H. Wilson said via email.

Wilson said he hopes a joint letter will be sent to Hogan if the committees agree on their choice. The Howard County committee meeting is slated to be a public forum via Zoom (zoom.us/j/98848138285#success) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Wilson said.

Bouchat, a Republican who represents District 4 on the Board of Carroll County Commissioners, recently received endorsements for the state delegate vacancy from former House officials Al Redmer Jr. and and Don Murphy, who served as a legislator in Baltimore and Howard counties.

Bouchat is in his first term as a county commissioner, having been elected in November 2018 to represent District 4, which includes the southwestern portion of Carroll County and the towns of Mount Airy, New Windsor, and Union Bridge. He ran for delegate in 2014 but lost in the primary to Miller and current Del. Trent Kittleman.

NOTE: Anyone who wishes to submit feedback on the county applicants can do so by emailing carrollmdrepublicans@gmail.com through Jan. 6.

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