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Prince George’s Democratic Central Committee poised to replace Alston, Ross

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Prince George’s Democrats are poised to replace two members of the House of Delegates who have stepped aside in recent weeks.

On Nov. 2, the county’s Democratic Central Committee will interview candidates and select a replacement for Del. Tiffany Alston (D-Prince George’s), who was suspended from office for misconductearlier this month after being accused of using campaign money to pay some of her wedding expenses. In June, Alston was found guilty of misconduct in office and of stealing $800 from the General Assembly to pay an employee of her law firm.

Under Maryland law, the county’s Democratic Central Committee had 30 days from her suspension to recommend a temporary replacement . Alston and her attorney have said she hopes to return to office at some point if her record is cleared. She represents the mid-county 24th District.

Delegates are considered parttime, are paid $43,500 annually and are permitted to hold other jobs.

The meeting to replace Alston begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the City of Glenarden Municipal Center – Goldroom, 8600 Glenarden Parkway, Glenarden.

Legislative District 24 residents interested in being considered for appointment to the vacancy must submit a letter of interest and resume to the PGCDCC no later than 11:59 p.m., Oct. 31; applicants must include a copy of their voter registration card. Only registered Democrats will be considered for the vacancy; provide evidence of residency in District 24, such as a copy of utility bill and copy of apartment lease or copy of property tax bill or record. Applicants should bring 24 copies of the complete package and also e-mail, fax or mail the information to the following:

· Via e-mail to: Nora E. Carmichael (nec872@aol.com); Alonzo T. Washington (atwashington@gmail.com) and Terry L. Speigner (terry@ngen.com)

· Via regular mail delivery: PGCDCC | 4725 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, 20746

· Via fax: 301-531-9722

On Nov. 15, the central committee will convene to interview candidates and select a replacement for Del. Justin Ross (D-Prince George’s), who stepped down, citing the demands of family and work. Ross is from the county’s 22nd District in the northern sector. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Hyattsville Municipal Building, Second Floor Prangley Room, 4310 Gallatin St., Hyattsville.

Applicants must provide the same information as above, except the proof of residency must show residency in District 22.

The deadline to apply for Ross’s seat is no later than 11:59 p.m., Nov. 13.

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