Special Appeals Appointment Could Impact House

Among Governor Larry Hogan’s judicial appointments today came one that could impact that make up of the Maryland House of Delegates.

Governor Hogan appointed Washington County Circuit Court Judge Donald Beachley to the Court of Special Appeals. Naturally, this creates a vacancy in the Washington County Circuit Court.

Sources close to the situation indicate that one of the appointees for the Circuit Court vacancy will be Delegate Brett Wilson, Republican from District 2B, who is expected to be the eventual appointee. Wilson was quoted in the Herald-Mail article on Beachley’s appointment, noting that Beachley is the first Western Maryland appeals court judge in quite some time.

Wilson’s likely appointment to the Circuit Court would of course create another legislative vacancy in Washington County. Observers were critical of the process that used by the Washington County Republican Central Committee when they nominated  Andrew Serafini to the State Senate to replace Chris Shank and to nominate William Wivell to replace Serafini in the House.

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