The last of the vacancies created when the late Sen. J. Robert Hooper resigned his seat in the legislature last year has been filled.
The Harford County Republican Central Committee has appointed James A. Barron of Havre de Grace to its board.
Barron, selected from among 13 candidates, will serve until the 2010 primary election, filling the term of Wayne H. Norman Jr., who was appointed to the House of Delegates last month. Norman replaced Barry Glassman, who took Hooper's seat in the Senate.
Barron, owner of Ronkin Construction, a Joppa underground-utility contracting company founded in 1978, has earned several professional awards, including the 2000 "Ditchdigger of the Year," presented by the National Utility Contractors Association.
He also is a member of the Home Builders Association of Maryland, the Harford County Contractors Association, the Greater Harford Committee, Harford Business for Responsible Government and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce.
A graduate of Clarion University in Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in education, Barron has pursued graduate studies in business administration at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
The lifelong Republican will help strengthen and build his party in Harford County and Maryland, said Michael Geppi, central committee chairman.