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Friday, December 20, 2013
Two vacancies on the twelve member Democratic committee were filled yesterday with the announcement of the selection of Derek Shackleford and Mark Jafari.
Chair of the committee, Myrna Whitworth told me they were pleased to have added two members with such broad experience and community involvement. She added both also indicated they will run for the office next year when the election is held.
Myrna said they advertised the two open positions and after interviewing six applicants, the committee selected Shackelford and Jafari.
Derek Shackelford had just concluded a run for alderman in The City of Frederick, where he fell short of being elected and Mark Jafari was recently named president of the United Democrats of Frederick County.
Shackelford sent me an email saying "It is an honor to be appointed to the Frederick County Democratic State Central Committee. I look forward to serving with the esteemed members as we collectively advance the causes of opportunity, economic vitality, citizen and voter participation."
Myrna Whitworth told me Jafari had recently moved to Frederick County from Georgia, where he had served on their Democratic central committee.
The two positions were filled following the resignations of Dr. Milad Pooran and Stephen Slater. Pooran and his family had moved from Frederick County and Stephen Slater intends to run for Maryland state delegate in district 3-b.
Democratic by-laws require equal gender representation on the 12 member committee, which required two men to replace the two who had stepped down.
The Democratic state central committee members will be elected in the 2014 primary held on June 24, 2014.
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