CENTREVILLE — Six citizens applied to fill the vacancy on the Queen Anne’s County Commission by the midnight May 25 deadline set by the county’s Republican Central Committee.

The applicants include former Commissioner Philip Dumenil of Grasonville, Sudlersville Town Commission President William “Bill” Faust III of Sudlersville, Eugene “Gene” Legg of Chestertown, Centreville Town Councilman Timothy McCluskey of Centreville, Kenny Rhodes of Sudersville and Jack Wilson of Centreville, announced Republican Central Committee Chairman Tim Kingston.

County Commissioner Paul Comfort resigned effective May 10 to accept the post of head of the Maryland Transit Administration. Comfort was the commissioner elected from District 1. Voters elect one commissioner from each of four residency districts and one commissioner at large.

Kingston said he was pleased with the interest shown.

“I think we got good representation all the way around, and the two previous candidates applied,” he said, referring to Legg and Wilson who lost to Comfort in the primary.

The Republican Central Committee earlier announced it would only accept applicants who are registered Republican voters residing in District 1, so Dumenil, who lives in District 3, and McCluskey, who lives in District 2, will not be considered.

Interviews will be conducted by appointment on June 6 at Church Hill Elementary. Preference will be given to qualified candidates who can demonstrate support for the Republican values of limited government, lower taxes and fiscal responsibility, Kingston said.

“The central committee wants the process to be as transparent and professional as possible,” he said. Interviews will be open to the public, but no questions will be taken from the audience.

The central committee is accepting comments by email only at qarepublicans@gmail.com. Comments will be shared by all committee members.

“The QACRCC will not be making any public comments on any of the applicants. We wish all of the applicants the best in all of their lives,” Kingston said in a statement.

The central committee will submit the name of its chosen nominee to Gov. Larry Hogan on June 9. The governor then has 15 days to make the appointment and is not bound by the central committee’s recommendation but usually follows it

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