Democratic panel to meet tomorrow to pick nominee for delegate seat


Carroll Democrats will meet tomorrow to nominate a successor -- from a field of 11 candidates -- for the state delegate seat formerly held by Richard N. Dixon, who was elected Maryland's treasurer last month.

The candidates include the familiar -- Elmer C. Lippy Jr., Manchester mayor and former county commissioner, and Ellen Leahy Willis, who ran unsuccessfully for state delegate in 1994 -- as well as a host of unknowns.

"We're very pleased with the candidates," said Phillip Miller, chairman of the county's Democratic State Central Committee. "We have some new faces. Maybe some of these people, who are unsuccessful in this quest, will be interested in other offices during the 1998 election."

The selection process will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 07 of the County Office Building in Westminster. The public is invited to attend the first session, during which the candidates will make brief presentations. Each candidate will then be interviewed in private by the eight-member committee. The committee will select a nominee in a public session at 3 p.m.

The committee's recommendation will be sent to Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who will appoint someone to fill the remaining three years of the term.

Mr. Dixon, who was in the midst of his fourth term, has endorsed David Brauning, a Finksburg insurance agent and conservative Democrat. "This is the most important decision the Democratic Central Committee has made in our county in 40 or 50 years," Mr. Dixon said.

Besides Mr. Dixon, county voters have not elected a Democrat to the House since William B. Dulany and Wilbur W. Magin in the 1960s.

Vying for Mr. Dixon's former seat are:

* Mr. Lippy, 75, a retired chemist.

* Ms. Willis, 48, director of business training at Carroll Community College.

* John Barnes, 68, a self-employed farmer and accountant from Millers.

* Mr. Brauning, 58, whose father, Horace A. Brauning Sr., was a county commissioner in the 1960s.

* Cynthia Cummings, 54, a teacher from Silver Run who ran unsuccessfully as the party's state Senate nominee in 1994.

* Phillip Deitchman, 38, general manager of a family bowling center, who was an unsuccessful delegate nominee in 1994. He lives in Eldersburg.

* William Francis, 41, a senior contract representative with an educational services company. He lives in Hampstead.

* David Haggerty, 59, a retired representative of a business trade group and a sales manager for a tractor supply company. He lives in Westminster.

* David Shaw, 63, a retired farmer from Westminster.

* David Weisgerber, 36, an attorney, from Westminster.

* Richard Will Sr., 51, a lineman for Bell Atlantic from Manchester.

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