Bel Air attorney to fill delegate seat

The Baltimore Sun

Republican leaders in Harford County picked a Bel Air attorney yesterday to fill a soon-to-be vacated seat in the House of Delegates.

H. Wayne Norman was selected by the county's Republican Central Committee from among eight applicants during a meeting in Bel Air, said committee Chairman Michael Geppi. Norman, a member of the central committee, offers "tremendous qualifications" for the District 35A seat, Geppi said.

Norman will take over the seat left vacant by Del. Barry Glassman, whom the committee recently nominated to replace Sen. J. Robert Hooper. Last month Hooper announced that he will resign Dec. 31 because of his health.

"Wayne has a successful law practice, knows how to make payroll and has deep roots in Harford County," Geppi said. "He understands the issues facing residents of northern Harford County."

The committee reached its decision after interviewing the eight candidates yesterday.

"The fact that we had that number of highly qualified candidates says a lot about the future of Harford County," Geppi said. "We are hoping that everyone who applied stays active in politics. There is a future for them."

The committee's recommendation will be forwarded to Gov. Martin O'Malley for approval, typically a formality. Geppi said he expects Norman and Glassman to be sworn into office by the time the General Assembly convenes next month.

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