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The Carroll County Republican Central Committee has released the answers to 26 questionnaires completed by the applicants for the vacant delegate seat in District 5 after Gov. Larry Hogan urged they keep the recommendation process open to the public.

The delegate seat, one of three representing District 5 in Carroll County, was vacated Feb. 2 when now-Sen. Justin Ready accepted Gov. Larry Hogan's appointment as former Sen. Joseph Getty's replacement.

The committee chose to use the same questions they asked the applicants for the previously vacant Senate seat in District 5, said Matt Helminiak, member of the committee. During that recommendation process, the committee chose to keep the answers to the questionnaires secret.

Questionnaire responses can be found below:

The applications contained background questions on professional and political accomplishments, community involvement and party affiliation — whether the applicant has ever been registered with another political party other than Republican. Questions on the application included the applicant's views on the role of government, economics, gun control, abortion and euthanasia, taxes, Common Core education standards, job creation, the Affordable Care Act and charter government.

Helminiak said questions like the ones about charter government and their stance on gun control and the 2nd Amendment were "litmus tests" for Carroll County Republicans.

"Everyone is going to have a good answer on taxes, so we wanted to find a question that we could really see where people stand," he said. "We wanted something that differentiated between candidates and the charter government question was one."

The committee received 27 applications for the vacant delegate seat, but Bradley Wantz, who applied for the vacancy, did not complete the questionnaire by Feb. 21. Helminiak said in order for an applicant to be considered for an interview, they had to complete the questionnaire by the deadline.

The committee members will review the applications and questionnaires before selecting five finalists each. Helminiak said the committee will be conducting interviews of the top 10 vote-getters during an open meeting Thursday, Feb. 26.

The committee members will review the applications and questionnaires before selecting five finalists each. Helminiak said the committee had planned on conducting interviews during their scheduled meeting Thursday, but decided Monday they would cancel the meeting due to the pending decision of the appellate court and the advice of its attorney, Mike Stewart.

Reach staff writer Wiley Hayes at 410-857-3315 or wiley.hayes@carrollcountytimes.com.

Visit the Carroll County Republican Central Committee's website at www.ccgop.info.

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