ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Hagerstown City Councilman Paul D. Corderman to the Maryland General Assembly on Tuesday.
Corderman was recommended last week by the Washington County Republican Central Committee to replace Judge Brett Wilson in the House of Delegates. Hogan appointed Wilson to the Circuit Court for Washington County last month.
“Paul has served his constituents well as a councilman for the City of Hagerstown,” Hogan said in a statement. “I am confident he will continue to work hard for the people of his district as a member of the General Assembly.”
Corderman will represent legislative District 2B, which roughly follows Hagerstown's boundaries.
He was elected to his first term on the city council last year, and has served on the Design Committee for Main Street Hagerstown.
Corderman, a lifelong resident of Washington County, is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.
The central committee chose Corderman on Thursday from among three applicants to fill the vacancy.
Among the other two finalists was Laura Spessard Herrera, a vice president and financial adviser at the Hershey-Fitzsimmons Group, RBC Wealth Management and an at-large board member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
The other finalist was Hagerstown Tea Party President Donald "Donny" Ravas, who is chief executive officer of Dell Transport courier service.
Corderman said Tuesday that his appointment marks "a new commitment" for both Hagerstown and his family, and said he is excited about serving in Annapolis.
"I know the challenges the city is facing, and I look forward to working on the state level to meet them," he said.
Corderman said he plans to meet soon with other members of the county's delegation to the General Assembly to discuss the county's priorities in the upcoming legislative session. The 2018 session begins Jan. 10.
Corderman's pending departure from city government will leave a new vacancy on the Hagerstown City Council.
The council last week appointed Hagerstown businesswoman Shelley McIntire to fill the seat vacated by Councilman Donald F. Munson, who resigned in November.
McIntire is scheduled to take office Tuesday.