- The Enterprise
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The local Fraternal Order of Police lodge is endorsing St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph M. Stanalonis in an upcoming circuit court judgeship election, according to a statement the organization issued Wednesday night.
Stanalonis and David W. Densford, a private practice attorney appointed to the judgeship, appeared individually last week before members of the lodge at their building in Great Mills, where law officers questioned the two candidates. They both will be on the Democratic and Republican primary ballots on April 3 as they seek election to a 15-year term on the bench.
Active members of the organization, sworn law enforcement personnel, took part in voting through a secret ballot that ended at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and the lodge’s executive board of directors announced the endorsement of Stanalonis, according to a statement issued that evening by lodge President Edward B. Evans. He wrote that the FOP No. 7 political action committee will make a campaign contribution to Stanalonis.
Densford was appointed last month by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) to the judgeship previously held by C. Clarke Raley, who retired last spring. If either Densford or Stanalonis wins both primaries in April, the race would be over. If each candidate wins a primary, the race would be decided in the November general election.