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Republican Meeting To Discuss County Executive Process

The public is invited to ask questions and speak with potential candidates on Thursday night at the library in Odenton.

The West County Republican Club will host a special meeting on Thursday to discuss the process of appointing a new county executive in Anne Arundel County. The event is open to the public and will start at 6 p.m. Thursday at the West County Library in Odenton.

According to the club's Facebook page, the appointment process will be discussed and there may be an opportunity for candidates to "interact with the public and respond to Republican questions."

The Capital reported attendees will include Sen. Ed Reilly (R-Crofton) as moderator; Kendel Ehrlich, wife of former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.; Del. Steve Schuh (R-Gibson Island) and 2012 U.S. Senate candidate Dan Bongino.

In an email to Patch last week, Bongino said he was "strongly considering applying for the position" to be county executive.

"I was honored to receive a number of very supportive emails and social media communications from supporters and activists asking me to consider applying for the position," Bongino wrote. "There will be a number of extremely qualified Republicans applying as well, and I will be making a decision in the coming days." [Editor's Note: Bongino has since decided against applying for the position.]

Applications for candidates (available here) are due by noon Friday. Applicants must have been registered as a Republican for at least the last 12 months, must be at least 25 years old and have lived in Anne Arundel County for at least four years.

The council will interview candidates and is expected to vote on a new county executive on Feb. 21.

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Amy Leahy February 10, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Seriously we're doing this on Valentine's Day?
Stephen Reigle February 10, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I believe Thursday was the best day open for the candidates and moderators at a good central location.
Sandy Reich February 11, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Stay out of politics Ehrlich!!
Scott Conwell February 11, 2013 at 10:49 PM
On the date, it is about the only time we could get at a good location on short notice. And it turns out that the date ended up working well given that the applications have to be in the next day. I hope that the date doesn't cause too many family arguments; on my end, going to celebrate Valentines day on Friday, the next day, and hope that works :) Scott Conwell, West County Republican Club President
Amy Leahy February 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Your pool just got smaller. Dan Bongino won't be there since he has withdrawn his interest in the position. Will there be an opportunity for questions from the audience? That would be an important part of this process.
Tim Lemke (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Scott, it's the same way in my house. My wife and I can't summon the energy for a romantic dinner in the middle of the week.
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