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Hogan appoints Harford elections board, Beulah to critical area commission

Gov. Larry Hogan's green bag appointments announced Friday have a few Harford County names among them. Hogan also named three new Republican members to the county elections board.
Gov. Larry Hogan's green bag appointments announced Friday have a few Harford County names among them. Hogan also named three new Republican members to the county elections board. (Joshua McKerrow, The Evening Capital / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

A few Harford County names are scattered among the 331 people appointed to more than 90 state boards and commissions that were announced Friday by Gov. Larry Hogan.

The members of the county board of elections will be replaced, and two county elected officials were named to state boards: Harford County Executive Barry Glassman to the Maryland Economic Development Corporation, or MEDCO, Board of Directors and County Councilman Curtis Beulah to the Critical Areas Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Costal Bays.

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Harford names were lacking, however, from appointments Hogan made to such major state regulatory boards as the Public Service Commission, Parole Commission, Real Estate Commission, Racing Commission and Workers Compensation Commission. No Harford residents were among the five appointees announced to the University of Maryland System Board of Regents.

The so-called green bag, or patronage, appointments, were delivered to State Senate President Thomas "Mike" Miller by James Fielder Jr., Hogan's appointments secretary and a Bel Air resident.

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In a news release, the governor's office noted the appointees hail from all 23 counties and Baltimore City and the 331 names submitted "represent one of the highest totals in recent history for these types of appointees and demonstrates the outpouring of bipartisan support the governor and the administration have received from the citizens of Maryland."

The three new appointments to the county elections board are Joseph Fleckenstein, Allison McCord and Victoria Seitzinger. Hogan also reappointed Maureen Neal and B. Daniel Riley, a former state delegate, both of whom are Democrats.

By law, the new board takes office June 1. Fleckenstein, McCord and Seitzinger, all Republicans, will replace Edward Yoder and William Christoforo, both Republicans, and Democrat Carolyn Evans.

Other Harford residents receiving green bag appointments are: Megan Keyes, Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Commission Board of Directors; Sarah Kunkel Filkins, Maryland Historical Trust Board of Trustees; John Vernon Mattee III, State Board for Professional Land Surveyors; David M. Richardson, Maryland Port Commission; and C. Warren Mullins, Maryland Technology Development Corporation, or TEDCO, Board of Directors.

A significant turnover in green bag appointees was anticipated with Hogan, a Republican, replacing Democrat Martin O'Malley after eight years.

In addition to Fielder, other Harford residents serving in the Hogan cabinet are former county executive David Craig, secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning, and Edgewood native Stephen Moyer, secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Hogan received 76.5 percent of the votes cast in Harford County in the November general election.

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