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— The Harford County Board of Elections will sponsor a candidate information forum on Wednesday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday, March 13, at 10 a.m., at the election office, located at 133 Industry Lane in Forest Hill.

According to Elections Director Jim Massey, this forum will provide information to the public for those who may be considering filing for public office, both political and nonpartisan. Topics for discussion will include the procedure to file, eligibility requirements and required forms. Although candidates for state offices must file at the State Board of Elections in Annapolis, the Harford County election office can assist candidates with questions and additional information.

This forum may also be helpful for citizens interested in running for a an elected position on the Harford County Board of Education. Three board members will be elected in 2010 to represent Councilmanic Districts A (Edgewood and Joppatowne), B (Fallston and Abingdon), and D (North Harford). Six board members will be elected in 2014 to represent all councilmanic districts. One elected member will be elected from each of the six councilmanic districts only by the voters of that councilmanic district. Board of Education candidates must run as nonpartisan but will be elected in the gubernatorial General Election. If more than two candidates file for a board of education seat, candidates will run in the primary election. Beginning in the 2010 Primary Election, registered voters, who are not affiliated with the Republican or Democratic parties, may also vote for candidates for the nonpartisan elected school board positions.

For further information about this candidate information forum or to make a reservation, call the Election Office at 410-638-3565.

— Longtime Harford County Register of Wills Harry L.W. Hopkins has officially endorsed Republican candidate Derek Hopkins. The announcement took place in Bel Air on Feb. 24.

“I have come to know Derek as a mature and capable person who possesses the high quality of character it takes to be Register of Wills," Harry L.W. Hopkins said in a press release issued prior to the endorsement by the Derek Hopkins campaign. "His knowledge and experience as an auctioneer and appraiser will assist him with the position of Register of Wills.”

Harry L.W. Hopkins is completing his sixth term as register of wills and has announced his retirement. Although he and Derek Hopkins are not related, Harry Hopkins said he has known Derek Hopkins for 30 years.

Derek Hopkins is a lifelong resident of Harford County. He is a graduate of the Missouri Auction School and the three-year Certified Auction Institute Program at Indiana University. He has been a full-time auctioneer and appraiser with a focus on estate services for the past 10 years and a third generation real estate agent for the Harry Hopkins Company.

To learn more about Derek Hopkins, visit www.derekhopkins.org.

— The Young Democrats of Harford County and the Cecil Young Democrats, in concert with the Health Care for America NOW coalition, are sponsoring a bus to the "Congress Must Listen to Us, Not the Insurance Companies"" protest in Washington on Tuesday, March 9.

The bus, along with a box lunch, will be provided at no cost, leaving the Aberdeen area around 8 a.m. on Tuesday the 9th. All Health Insurance Reform advocates from Cecil and Harford counties (and the surrounding area) are encouraged to attend. Contact Russ Kovach at Russell.Kovach@gmail.com or confirm attendance on Facebook.

Protesters will assemble at Dupont Circle and march to the protest at the Ritz Carlton. The bus will depart by 4 p.m. on March 9 for the return trip to Aberdeen.


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