Councilman Merdon is a candidate for Kittleman Senate seat

September 23, 2004|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

Howard County Councilman Christopher J. Merdon, an Ellicott City Republican, announced yesterday that he is a candidate to replace the late state Sen. Robert H. Kittleman.

"I've represented much of Senate District 9 for the past six years in my role as a member of the County Council and feel the Senate job would be an excellent fit with my experience," Merdon said.

Merdon has served on the council since 1998 and served as an aide to former state Sen. Christopher J. McCabe before that.

Del. Gail H. Bates, who was appointed to Kittleman's old House of Delegates seat in 2002 and then won a full four-year term later that year, is also a candidate, said county Republican central committee Chairman Howard Rensin. Donald Sealing II, of the 7500 block Gaither Road, Sykesville, also has submitted a resume, Rensin said.

It is still unclear whether Trent Kittleman, the senator's widow, or County Councilman Allan H. Kittleman, his son, are interested in the appointment.

The Howard County state central committee is to meet Wednesday to choose someone to recommend to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. for the post.

A 22-year member of the General Assembly, Robert Kittleman died Sept. 11, after battling leukemia for months.

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