Republicans Sweep New Commissioner Board Into Carroll County

… Other races: Getty cruises; Ready, Stocksdale and Krebs win; Harrison back on school board …

By Jim Joyner, Steve Jones and Kevin Dayhoff,

Posted 11/03/10

It was a wave of change that swept in a new Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday — an expansion of the board from three to five seats, a new election of commissioners by district, and no incumbents.

But the more things change, the more some things stay the same.

A board dominated by Republicans will remain that way, as the GOP swept all five seats of the new board in Tuesday’s General Election.

All the figures below are from results after 11 p.m. Tuesday, with 92.5 percent of precincts — 37 of 40 — reporting.

1st District, Commissioner

The only somewhat familiar face on the board come the new term will be Robin Frazier, a former commissioner who lost a re-election bid eight years ago, but rode to victory this week in the 1st District, which stretches from Manchester to Taneytown and Keymar.

“I want to cut taxes and reduce regulation.  We need to prioritize our budget, find private-public partnerships, and reduce regulation,” Frazier said Tuesday night. “That will help small businesses to expand and create revenues that will allow us to balance the budget.”

Frazier soundly defeated her Democrat opponent, Tina Mawhinney.

Frazier had 64 percent (7,414 votes), compared to 24.5 percent (2837) for Mawhinney.

She also turned back a write-in campaign from fellow Republican Steve Reynolds, who had lost in the primary. Write-in ballots recorded 11.5 percent (1,333 votes), though it was impossible to tell if all of them were from Reynolds.

2nd District Commissioner

In the 2nd District, composed of Hampstead and Finksburg, Hampstead mayor and Republican Haven Shoemaker turned back Democrat Charles Bevard, Democrat, by 37 percentage points.

Shoemaker had 8,384 votes, or 68.5 percent, compared to 3,816, or 31 percent, for Bevard.

Shoemaker said he was, “grateful to the citizens of Finksburg and Hampstead for the confidence they’ve placed in me. And I certainly look forward to earning their trust by delivering on my promises: term limits, spending cuts, and tax relief.”

3rd District Commissioner

In the 3rd District, which includes greater Westminster, including the City of Westminster and areas slightly to the north and west, retired Lehigh Cement Co. manager Dave Roush defeated Democrat Doug Mathias in the closest of the five commissioners.

Still, Roush, a Republican, won with a healthy 58.5 percent (6,206 votes), compared to 41.2 percent (4,370 votes), for Mathias, who is a former staffer for U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, and former executive director of the nonprofit Westminster Development Corporation.

4th District Commissioner

Republican Richard Rothschild, a real estate sales professional who hit the campaign trail with his own song, “My Carroll County Legacy,” defeated Democrat Michele Johnson, the executive director of a community leadership program, in the 4th District.

The district includes Mount Airy, Woodbine, New Windsor and Union Bridge.

Rothschild captured 65.7 percent of the tally with 8,166 votes, compared to Johnson’s 34 percent, or 4,236 votes.

5th District Commissioner

And in the 5th District, composed of Sykesville, Eldersburg and Marriottsville, businessman and director of Carroll Area Transit Service, Doug Howard, defeated former federal government executive Hugh McLaurin.

Howard, a Republican, captured 69.5 percent of the vote with a tally of 8,320, while McLaurin, a Democrat, received 3,643 votes, or 30.4 percent.

State Races

In the 5th District Senate, which spans the northeastern section of Carroll County and the northern part of Baltimore County, former state Delegate Joseph Getty, of Manchester, handily defeated C. Scott Stone, of Hampstead.

Getty had a commanding lead in the Baltimore portion of the district with 73 percent (22,051 votes), compared to 26.4 percent (7,955 votes) for Stone.

Getty also had a wide lead in Baltimore County portions of the district.

Getty, who represented District 5A in the House from 1994 to 2002, served as senior policy director for then-Gov. Robert Ehrlich. Stone is a former school board member in Carroll County.

“It’s a great district to represent, with a lot of small businesses and agriculture,” said Getty. “The best thing that I could hope to bring us is a better business climate throughout the state of Maryland.

“Scott (Stone) and I went to North Carroll High School together, and I have great deal of respect for him. He ran a very good campaign,” Getty added. “No matter who would have won, it is an historic event to see the first graduate of North Carroll High School to take a seat in the Maryland State Senate.”

For the District 5A House of Delegates race, which involves two seats in Carroll County, newcomer Justin Ready and longtime delegate Nancy Stocksdale, both Republicans, captured both seats over Democrats Francis Walsh and Sharon Baker.

Ready was the top vote-getter with 20,528 votes (38.6 percent), while Stocksdale won a new term with 18,357 votes (34.5 percent).

“I’m looking forward to serving the needs of Carroll County and our district,” said Ready on Tuesday night.

“We’ve got to get the state budget under control,” he added. “Our state’s tax and regulatory structure is harmful to businesses that want to create jobs.”

Walsh received 7,282 votes, or 13.7 percent; and Baker netted 6,861 votes, or 12.9 percent.

For Stocksdale, it was a return from the near abyss — in the primary, she edged challenger William Niner by 23 votes to advance to the general election, and this time, faced no such drama.

In District 9B, Sykesville and Eldersburg, incumbent Republican Susan Krebs rolled to another term over Democrat Anita Riley.

Krebs, who had also faced a stiff challenge in the primary, from Larry Helminiak, received 73.8 percent of the vote in the general, with 11,992 votes. Riley received 4,205 votes, or 25.8 percent.

In other state races, Incumbent senators David Brinkley in the Carroll/Frederick 4th District and Alan Kittleman in the Carroll/Howard 9th District both won re-election, as did District 4B Del. Donald Elliott. All are Republicans.

Board of Education

With three seats open on the Board of Education, Virginia Harrison of Sykesville and incumbents Barbara Shreeve, of Manchester, and Gary Bauer, of Hampstead, captured the open seats.

For Shreeve and Bauer, the victories give them new terms. For Harrison, the win offers her a return to a seat she held briefly in 2008 when she was named to fill an open seat — but then was not eligible to be on the ballot for election later that year.

This time, she was the top vote-getter, with 23 percent of the vote, while Bauer and Shreeve also made the board with about 22 percent each.

Challengers Jim Doolan and George Harmening fell short with 17.4 and 14.4 percent, respectively.

Other races

County Sheriff Ken Tregoning won a new term without a challenger, as did Register of Wills Paul Zimmerman, Clerk of the Circuit Court Don Sealing II and State’s Attorney Jerry Barnes.

For Judge of the Orphan’s Court, Cathy Reese clung to a narrow lead late Tuesday night, with 29.40 percent of the vote (38,389 votes) over Dorothy Utz’s 29.04 percent (37,931 votes) and Ron Brewer’s 28.09 percent (36,679 votes). A fourth candidate, Phillip Miller, had 13.3 percent (17,410 votes).

Carroll Eagle

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