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Sen. Norman tests the waters, applies for Harford County bench

Sen. H. Wayne Norman, R-Harford and Cecil

Sen. H. Wayne Norman, R-Harford and Cecil

If a commission and governor come through for him, Sen. H. Wayne Norman will be leaving the Maryland Senate to become a Harford County Circuit Court judge.

Norman, R-Harford and Cecil, has applied for the seat left vacant by the May 1 retirement of Judge William O. Carr.

To gain the seat in the traditional fashion, Norman will need the Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for Harford County to forward his name to Gov. Larry Hogan, who would then have to appoint him from the list of names submitted by the commission. The governor is free to pick someone whose name is not on the list, but that would be rare.

Norman, who sits on the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, said he is “just testing the waters” with his judicial application.

“I’ve been a lawyer for 36 years and every lawyer thinks about one day being a judge,” said Norman, a Bel Air solo practitioner. “I truly love being a senator, but sometimes you just want to see how you rate with other people on a position like that.”

Norman is one of a dozen lawyers and a judge who have applied for the vacancy. The commission is expected to submit its list to Hogan in mid-June.

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