One day after Dr. Aris T. Allen was laid to rest, Anne Arundel County Republicans said they will fill his House of Delegates seat quickly.
Laura Green Treffer, chairman of the Anne Arundel County Republican State Central Committee, said yesterday the panel will choose Allen's successor March 2.
"We are acutely aware of the need to move quickly due to the factthat District 30 has only one delegate representing its residents," Treffer said.
Allen, 80, a civil rights pioneer, apparently killedhimself Feb. 8 after learning he had terminal prostate cancer. District 30 Delegate John Astle, a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves, reported for military duty yesterday.
Allen mailed instructions to central committee members, asking them to appoint Dallas Evans,
a prominent black businessman and chairman of the County Planning AdvisoryBoard.
But Treffer said any registered Republican -- who is at least 21 years old and has been a District 30 resident at least six months -- will be considered.
The 13-member GOP central committee will accept applications until Feb. 21, interview the candidates March 1, and chose a suc
cessor March 2 by secret ballot. The governor then will have 15 days to approve the appointment.
Five Republicans have expressed an interest, Treffer said.
Two central committee members from District 30, Joan Beck and Stuart Morris, have said they willapply. Evans, Patrick Ogle and Phillip Bissett will, too .
Ogle, a former county police officer, ran in the GOP primary for the CountyCouncil seat held by Maureen Lamb, D-Annapolis. Bissett, a Mayo warehouseman, ran for one of three District 30 delegate seats in November.
Astle, D-Annapolis, said the GOP committee should choose a representative from the black community, about 35 percent of the district's population.
Committee member Mary Sellman Jackson disagreed: "Dr. Allen did not consider himself a black Republican. He was a Republican. It's a party seat, not an ethnic seat."