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Hogan asks Senate to reject appointment of Republican Washington County Commissioner

Gov. Larry Hogan is asking a Senate Committee to reject the nomination of a Republican Washington County Commissioner.

In a letter, Appointments Sec. Dennis R. Schrader asked the Senate Executive Nominations Committee to reject confirmation of Washington County Commissioner Vincent G. “Woody” Spong, who was appointed to the seat in April.

“Maryland Law forces the governor against his will to appoint the candidate submitted by the central committee to an interim appointment,” Schrader wrote. “Mr. Spong is not the choice of Governor Hogan and the administration therefore urges the Executive Nominations Committee to vote against this individual and reject his nomination for Washington County Commissioner.”

The letter comes after Spong became the focus of recent criticism over social media posts some have said are racist and complaints that he made offensive comments to a female Washington County School Board member, according to the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.

State law requires that the governor appoint a person nominated by the county Republican Central Committee. That appointment requires confirmation from the state Senate.

“Over the course of his administration, Governor Hogan has instructed his appointments office, as well as every member of his cabinet, seek out candidates for appointment in state and local government who are not only highly qualified but will serve the people of Maryland with distinction,” Schrader wrote.

Spong is scheduled to appear before the Senate committee Monday night and a vote could come late next week.


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