Twelve new candidates have applied for a vacant Baltimore Circuit Court judgeship after state court officials extended the deadline in an effort to increase the number of applicants.
Now 15 candidates are contending for the $89,000-a-year judgeship, which became vacant last month when Judge Joseph I. Pines retired from the 25-member bench.
Only two candidates had applied for the job at the close of the original Jan. 29 deadline, and another candidate, a Baltimore District Court judge, came from a pool of previous applicants. Gov. William Donald Schaefer ordered state court officials to extend the deadline to March 12 in an effort to draw more candidates.
Several of the new candidates say they weren't aware of the vacancy until the deadline was extended and the job was advertised a second time.
Among the new applicants are Carol E. Chance, a private attorney; Harry L. Chase, an assistant city solicitor; Bonita J. Dancy, city Circuit Court domestic relations master; Michael N. Gambrill, Maryland assistant attorney general; Michael B. Green, a private attorney; and Richard D. Lawlor, juvenile court master for the city Circuit Court.
The other new candidates are William S. Little, a partner in Stark & Little; A. Dwight Pettit, a private attorney; Lee N. Sachs, a partner at Wartzman, Omansky, Blibaum & Simons; Gary I. Strausberg, a partner at Janet & Strausberg; Martin P. Welch, an associate city solicitor; and Edwin O. Wenck, an assistant city state's attorney.
Two candidates had applied before the Jan. 29 deadline. They are John Martin Glynn, head of the Maryland Office of the People's Counsel, and Albert J. Matricciani Jr., a partner with the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor and Preston.
Baltimore District Judge Carol E. Smith was in the pool of candidates for a previous vacancy.