Anne Arundel County Republicans are looking for people interested in filling a vacant seat in the Maryland House of Delegates.
Michael Malone is resigning from the House of Delegates, effective at 4 p.m. Friday, as he prepared to be sworn in as an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge. Gov. Larry Hogan announced in August that he was appointing the Republican lawmaker and lawyer to the bench.
“I have enjoyed the debates and discussions with colleagues across the aisle as well as within my own party over the past seven sessions,” Malone wrote in his resignation letter in late September. “While working on the Judiciary Committee, various work groups and several subcommittees, I have learned much and grown as a person.”
Malone’s official resignation now kicks off a replacement process.
The Anne Arundel County Republican State Central Committee will accept applications from prospective delegates through Oct. 12. For the next 10 days after that, committee members plan to review the applications and accept public comments.
A tentative special meeting to interview applicants and vote on a recommended replacement is planned for Oct. 25.
The central committee’s pick will be forwarded to Hogan, who has the final say on who is appointed to fill the seat. Hogan must pick from among the nominees sent to him by the central committee.
“This is one of the highest-profile, important decisions that the committee makes,” said James Appel, chair of the Republican central committee. “We’re looking forward to carrying out the process in a fair and equitable manner.”
Malone represented legislative District 33, which includes portions of central, western and southern Anne Arundel County. Some of the neighborhoods in the district are parts of Severna Park, Arnold, Broadneck, Crownsville, Crofton, Odenton and Davidsonville.
Applicants must be a registered Republican living in the district for at least six months and in the state for at least one year. Applicants must be at least 21 years old. Applications will be posted online at aagop.org.