November 3, 2010

Election Roundup Part 2 — Local races

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Some of these stories were reported in this morning’s roundup of other races.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
SCHOOL BOARD: It looks like all nine incumbents on the Montgomery County Board of Education have been re-elected, and will face the challenge of choosing a new superintendent, reports The Post’s Michael Birnbaum. The story goes on to take a look at the Prince George’s County Board of Education race, which will have at least four new members, and lots of financial challenges. The Gazette’s Andrew Ujifusa says that this clearly shows the county’s preference for incumbents.

COUNTY COUNCIL: Del. Craig Rice is the apparent winner of the District 2 council race, meaning he’ll be moving his office from Annapolis to Rockville, reports The Gazette’s Danielle Gaines and Meghan Tierney.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTYCOUNTY COUNCIL: Democrat District 4 Councilwoman Ingrid Turner handily defeated her challenger, 18-year-old Fiona Moodie, reports The Gazette’s Virginia Terhune. The other eight members of the new council won in the primary election and were unopposed.

SCHOOL BOARD: The Board of Education will be getting some young blood — quite literally. Eighteen-year-old Edward Burroughs III beat a retired educator for the District 8 seat, reports The Gazette’s Liz Skalski.

BALTIMORE COUNTY

KAMENETZ WINS: Democratic County Councilman Kevin Kamenetz defeated Republican rival Ken Holt in the Baltimore County executive race, and this election also results in the most thorough overhaul of the County Council in years, Arthur Hirsch and Raven Hill report for the Sun. Five of seven seats on the County Council will change hands; four members departed, leaving open seats, and one incumbent was defeated in the primary State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger led challenger Steve Bailey in a rematch of their 2006 contest.

Steve Schuster of the Towson Times reports that, in declaring victory, Kamenetz said, “I am grateful to have a spirited race with Ken Holt and have a great discussion of ideas and now I welcome everyone to come together … for a better Baltimore County,”

COUNCIL CHANGES: Two major shifts occurred in the Baltimore County Council, according to the Arbutus Times. For one, the council has gone from six Democrats and one Republican to five Democrats and two Republicans. And, for the first time in years, the council now has a female member.

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

NEW COUNCIL: Voters ushered in a new class of County Council members, including five new faces to help govern county’s affairs, Ben Weathers and Pamela Wood report for the Capital.

STATE’S ATTORNEY: Scott Daugherty of the Capital writes that according to preliminary numbers based on 98.5 percent of precincts, State’s Attorney Frank Weathersbee held a slight, 3,929 vote lead over Eric Gannon. More than 180,000 votes were cast in the race, though.

FREDERICK COUNTY

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: Republicans sweep the Frederick County Commissioners race, reports The Frederick News-Post’s Meg Tully. Results are here. Democrat Kai Hagen was the only incumbent to lose, reports The Gazette’s Sherry Greenfield.

BOARD OF EDUCATION: Jean Smith is the lone incumbent elected to the four open seats on the board, The Frederick News-Post’s Marge Neal reports. Results are here. Walkersville High softball coach Brad Young received more votes than anyone else, reports The Gazette’s Margarita Raycheva.

COURTS: All three Republican candidates for Orphans Court will be sitting on the bench, Clerk of Courts Sandra Dalton wins re-election by a landslide, and the unopposed candidates for register of wills, sheriff and state’s attorney coasted to easy victories, writes the Frederick News-Post’s Stephanie Mlot.

CARROLL COUNTY

COMMISSIONER BOARD: And Carroll’s first five-member County Commission will consist of all Republicans, the Carroll County Times reports.

HOWARD COUNTY

ULMAN WINS: With only 8,000 absentee and provisional ballots yet to be counted, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and all five members of the County Council were re-elected, some by better than 2-to-1 margins, Lindsey McPherson, Kellie Woodhouse and Larry Perl of the Columbia Flier report.

COURTHOUSE: Howard County’s courthouse will greet a few new faces in 2011 and welcome back at least three incumbents who together have served the county’s circuit court for 36 years. But the future of one courthouse office, register of wills, remains in doubt, Kellie Woodhouse reports for the Columbia Flier.

HARFORD COUNTY

CRAIG STAYS AS EXEC: County Executive David Craig claimed a second election victory, with more than 80 percent of the vote. District 34 incumbent Sen. Nancy Jacobs narrowly lost to Art Helton in Harford voting, but appeared to retain her seat with strong Republican returns in Cecil County. Across the district, she held a double-digit lead just before 11:30 p.m, Aaron Cahall reports for the Dagger.

BANE LEADS: Kristen Dize and Allan Vought of the Aegis report that incumbent Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane apparently won re-election by 2,556 votes, with 4,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted.

SOMERSET COUNTY:Somerset County residents made history by electing their first black county commissioner and re-electing a popular sheriff to a seventh term. They also voted out the state’s attorney and two incumbent commissioners, report Liz Holland and Deborah Gates of the Salisbury Daily Times.

WICOMICO COUNTY: Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt withstood a strong challenge from Republican Joe Ollinger and has been elected to a second term in office, Greg Latshaw of the Salisbury Daily Times reports.

The county’s next state’s attorney will be Matt Maciarello, a 36-year-old Republican who won in a landslide over Seth Mitchell.

WORCESTER COUNTY:In a tight race and before absentee ballots were counted, challenger Beau Oglesby had an edge over veteran prosecutor Joel Todd in the race for Worcester County State’s Attorney, writes Charlene Sharpe for the Salisbury Daily Times.

WASHINGTON COUNTY

COURTS: Democrat Jason Malott will be the new register of wills, succeeding the retiring John Bloyer, and the three Republicans running for Orphans’ Court judges were elected to the bench, reports The Herald-Mail’s Don Aines.

SHERIFF: Incumbent Sheriff Douglas Mullendore held a commanding lead over challenger James Woods, but did not declare victory on Tuesday night out of an abundance of caution, reports The Herald-Mail’s Dave McMillion.

COMMISSIONERS: Incumbent Kristin Aleshire — the only Democrat in the race — appears to have been ousted from the commission, reports The Herald-Mail’s Heather Keels. Incumbents Terry Baker and John Barr lead with the most votes.

SCHOOL BOARD: Retired teacher Karen Harshman, a first-time candidate, received the most votes, reports The Herald-Mail’s Julie Greene. Incumbent Paul Bailey and former school board member Jacqueline Fischer were also elected.

ALLEGANY COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS: Republicans Mike McKay, Creade Brodie, and Bill Valentine appear to have earned the spots on the county’s governing board, reports the Cumberland Times-News’ Matthew Bieniek.

SHERIFF: Craig Robertson, who was only challenged by a write-in candidate, easily won election to be the county’s new sheriff, reports the Cumberland Times-News.

CITY OF CUMBERLAND: Brian Grim, a former city councilman, was elected mayor. New members on his city council are Nicholas Scarpelli, David Kauffman and Butch Hendershot, reports The Cumberland Times-News’ Michael Sawyers.

SCHOOL BOARD: Political newcomers Sara-Beth James and Michael Llewellyn received the most votes for school board, reports The Cumberland Times-News’ Kristin Harty Barkley. They and two other new members ousted board president Karen Treber, and will join incumbent Jeff Metz.

ST. MARY’S COUNTY

GENERAL ASSEMBLY: All of the county’s incumbents held onto their seats in the General Assembly, though it was a close call for some — especially District 29A Del. John Wood and state Sen. Roy Dyson, reports The Enterprise’s Jay Friess.

SCHOOL BOARD: Incumbent Sal Raspa kept his District 1 seat on the school board, though it was a close contest, reports The Enterprise’s Jesse Yeatman.

STATE’S ATTORNEY: Incumbent Richard Fritz defeated a Democratic challenger who had previously been indicted by Fritz’s office — but not convicted, writes The Enterprise’s John Wharton.

CONGRESS: Although Democratic incumbent Rep. Steny Hoyer won re-election by a wide margin, voters in St. Mary’s County cast more ballots for his Republican opponent, Charles Lollar, reports The Enterprise’s Jeff Newman. For sister paper The Independent, Newman writes about Lollar’s defeat.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: Four Republicans will be the county’s commissioners, but the last seat — either going to Republican Thomas McKay or Democrat Jack Russell — will be decided by absentee votes, reports The Enterprise’s Jason Babcock.

CHARLES COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS: All four of the newly elected county commissioners are Democrats, reports The Independent’s Meredith Somers.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Democratic candidates easily won election to represent Charles County in Annapolis, writes The Independent’s Jeff Newman.

SHERIFF: Incumbent Rex Coffey toppled Republican challenger Tim Crawford, with Coffey getting 70 percent of the vote, reports The Independent’s Bethany Rodgers.

CALVERT COUNTY: Voters selected Republicans to represent them in nearly every local, state and federal office, reports The Recorder’s Meghan Russell.

DISTRICT 27: Republican Mark Fisher ousted Democrat incumbent Del. Sue Kullen from her District 27B seat, reports The Recorder’s Meghan Russell. Other results from House of Delegates elections are further down in this story.