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3 people vying to unseat Nancy Kopp as Maryland's treasurer, a position the Democrat has held since 2002

Nancy Kopp will have competition to hold onto her position as Maryland’s treasurer.

Three people and Kopp have applied to be the state treasurer, a job that entails overseeing the state government’s finances and investments.

The treasurer also holds a seat on the three-member Board of Public Works, a powerful committee that includes the governor and comptroller and which approves government contracts and activities on public lands.

Kopp confirmed she has reapplied for the position she has held since 2002, but state officials are not permitted to reveal information about the other three people who have applied.

A joint committee of delegates and senators are scheduled to interview the four applicants during a public meeting on Tuesday.

The full General Assembly — 141 delegates and 47 senators — will vote on Feb. 19 during a joint session of the House of Delegates and the state Senate to select the treasurer.

Kopp, a Democrat, is a former state delegate who was appointed to the position by state lawmakers in 2002. She was elected to four-year terms in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.

The position paid $149,500 last year, according to state records.

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