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Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund Endorses Byron for Re-Election

In early December 2013, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a national organization dedicated to  electing committed and qualified LGBT candidates to public office, endorsed Byron for re-election as Register of Wills for Howard County. The Victory Fund previously endorsed Byron in his first race for this office in 2010.

“I am honored and humbled to have the endorsement of the Victory Fund as I pursue re-election this year. This is an organization with a simple mission: ensuring that the LGBT community has a seat at the table. The past three years, I have been a steadfast advocate for equality for LGBT Marylanders. In the years to come, I will continue to give voice to this vibrant community.”

In 2012, Byron was a leader in the ballot referendum on marriage equality, better known as “Question 6.” With the support of fellow Howard County officials like County Executive Ken Ulman, nearly 60% of county voters came out to the polls to support marriage equality, the second-highest vote percentage of any jurisdiction in Maryland.

Fall Fundraiser with County Executive Ken Ulman Draws Big Crowd

On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, joined by Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Byron thanked a large crowd of family, friends, and supporters who came to boost his campaign for re-election. More than 75 guests attended, including State Delegates Guy Guzzone and Frank Turner (District 13), County Council Members Calvin Ball (District 2) and Jen Terrasa (District 3), Sheriff Jim Fitzgerald, candidates for state delegate Tom Coale (District 9B), Clarence Lam and Terri Hill (District 12), and George Zokle (District 20), along with former Democratic Party Chairs Carole Fisher and Tony McGuffin. Below are some photos from the event:

Byron with County Executive Ken Ulman and local blogger Claire Bolden McGill.
Byron with community activist Sherman Howell.
Byron with supporters Andrew Woods, Dan Furman, and Roswell Encina.

Byron Elected President of the Maryland Register of Wills Association

On Thursday, September 17, 2013, Byron Macfarlane was elected President of the Maryland Register of Wills Association. Receiving the unanimous support of his colleagues to take on this leadership post, he was sworn in immediately. The Association’s mission is to form collaborative relationships among the Registers of Wills from Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions, to improve services, establish uniform procedures, advocate for legislation that will benefit the public, enhance services through new technology, and to partner with other government agencies to best serve the public. Byron’s goals for his term include technological advances for the Association and the Registers’ offices, moving the Registers closer to e-filing, and continuing to build relationships with stakeholders across Maryland.

Byron had previously served as Vice President from 2012-2013. He also served on the Personnel and Automation Committees since 2010 and chaired the Legislative Committee from 2011-2013.

Byron being sworn in by Assistant Attorney General David Hayes. To Byron’s right are Karen Lemon (Wicomico County), Loraine Hennessy (Charles County), and Rita Watson (Garrett County), who were sworn in as Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary, respectively.

Register Macfarlane Hosts Legislative Update with Local Attorneys

On May 30, 2013, Register of Wills Macfarlane hosted numerous local estates & trusts attorneys to provide them with an update on legislation enacted by the Maryland General Assembly in its 2013 session. The meeting was held in the Orphans’ Court hearing room, where various changes were discussed at length.

Register Macfarlane began this annual tradition in 2012 to ensure an open and constructive dialogue with local practitioners. He explains how his office will implement new procedures and offers guidance on best practices to ensure efficient and timely administration of estates. He also obtains feedback and input from attorneys on future legislation. As a member of the Maryland Register of Wills Association’s Legislative Committee, of which he is a past chair, Mr. Macfarlane finds these viewpoints extremely valuable in shaping the Association’s legislative agenda. These meetings also fulfill the pledge he made when he ran for Register in 2010 to be active and engaged with community groups across Howard County. He will hold another session in May of 2014.