Annapolis, MD - Maryland Republican Party Chairman Dirk Haire has issued the following statement:

 

"Sadly, Senator Wayne Norman's sudden passing was not only a tragedy for our state, but also brought to light an oversight of state law related to the replacement of a filed candidate who dies within ten (10) days of the primary filing deadline. The Maryland State Board of Elections and the Attorney General took the position that a replacement on the primary ballot for Senator Norman was required to be submitted to the State Board of Elections by today at 5 PM. The State Board of Elections and Attorney General further took the position that no Republican candidate would be eligible to appear on the primary and general election ballot if no replacement was made by 5 PM today. 

The Maryland Republican Party believes the directives by the State Board of Elections and Attorney General were legally incorrect; however, rather than fight an uncertain legal battle at this tragic time and distract from the legacy of Senator Norman, the State Republican Party agreed to submit a ballot replacement to appear on the Republican primary ballot for State Senate District 35. 

We urge the Maryland General Assembly to fix this insensitive and inappropriate statute immediately. As a result of being forced to take this action today, the State Republican Party designated Jason Gallion to be placed on the Senate District 35 Republican primary ballot."

Maryland Republican Party