Deputy court clerk plans to run for register of wills

April 27, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

The second-highest ranking official in the Carroll Circuit Court clerk's office said he plans to announce his candidacy for county register of wills today.

Donald B. Sealing II, chief deputy clerk under Clerk Larry W. Shipley since 1988, confirmed his candidacy yesterday.

He said he wants to bring "new blood" to the register of wills office, which has been held since 1966 by fellow Republican Reese L. Starner.

"I can't say anything bad about Reese," Mr. Sealing said yesterday of the 77-year-old incumbent he will be challenging in the Sept. 13 primary election. "But it's time for a change, for some new blood around here. We need to modernize the office a bit, to use technology."

Mr. Sealing, 43, of Sykesville said that he was instrumental in introducing computers to the Carroll Circuit Court and that he would like to "use the latest technology" as register of wills.

The register of wills -- whose salary is $50,000 -- is responsible for keeping records on estates and is the clerk for the Orphans Court, where three judges hear probate cases two days a week. The register of wills handles about 450 estates a year in Carroll County.

Mr. Sealing has worked for circuit courts in Maryland for 21 years. Before coming to Carroll, the Howard County native worked in the Circuit Court there.

Mr. Sealing, who has a degree from Catonsville Community College, is a member of the Maryland Circuit Court Clerk's Association and the Carroll County Domestic Violence Council.

He also is active in community activities, including Maryland 4-H and the Carroll County Football League.

He will remain in his clerk's job until the election.

"If I'm unfortunate enough to lose the election, my job will still be here for me," Mr. Sealing said.

So far, one Democrat has announced for the office.

Suzanne W. Albert, 66, of Westminster declared her candidacy earlier this month. She also wants to modernize the office.

A 29-year state employee, she is a member of the Rape Crisis Intervention Service and the League of Women Voters.

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