By Ryan Miner
Two incumbent Republican Washington County commissioners filed for re-election this week.
Washington County Commissioners President Terry Baker and appointed Commissioner Wayne Keefer filed for re-election to the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 13, respectively.
Baker, who is running for his fourth term, was first elected to the Board of County Commissioners n 2006. Keefer was appointed to the Board in 2016 by the Washington County Republican Central Committee when the late Vincent G. “Woody” Spong resigned his seat after Gov. Larry Hogan expressed concerns with Spong’s nomination, asking the Senate Executive Nominations Committee to pull its support.
Earlier this year, there were rumors that Baker, who lives in Clear Spring, was considering a second run for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. Baker ran for CD-6 in 2016, placing 2nd among the eight-person candidate field.
Keefer, who resides in Hancock and operates an antique shop, has aligned himself with the Myers-Baker wing on the county commissioner Board since his appointment.
Baker and Keefer often accompany one another to County events. In August, Baker and Keefer skipped fellow County Commissioner Jeff Cline’s annual fundraising picnic and instead joined the Washington County Democrats at their annual picnic at the Red Man Club in Williamsport.
Maryland’s 2018 primary will take place on Tuesday, June 26.