Repub­li­can in­cum­bents win re-elec­tion in Dis­trict 36

Kent County News - - FRONT PAGE - Kent County News Ed­i­tor Daniel Divilio con­trib­uted to this re­port. By JA­COB OWENS jowens@ce­cil­

ELK­TON — In­cum­bent Repub­li­can State Sen. Steve Her­shey and Dels. Steve Arentz (Queen Anne’s), Jeff Ghrist (Caro­line) and Jay Ja­cobs (Kent) won re-elec­tion Tues­day in Dis­trict 36, eas­ily de­feat­ing their Demo­cratic chal­lengers.

With 31,883 votes, Her­shey had nearly 66 per­cent of the votes cast to earn his sec­ond full term. His Demo­cratic chal­lenger Heather Lynette Sin­clair gar­nered 16,657 votes, or about 34 per­cent.

Her­shey has served in the state se­nate for the past five years, ini­tially be­ing ap­pointed to fill a va­cancy and sub­se­quently win­ning a four-year term. Prior to that, he served as a del­e­gate in Dis­trict 36 for two years. He owns a spe­cialty con­struc­tion com­pany and holds a master’s de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity and a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in civil en­gi­neer­ing from Catholic Uni­ver­sity of Amer­ica.

“My sin­cer­est thanks to the cit­i­zens of the 36th Dis­trict for re-elect­ing me to rep­re­sent them as their State Sen­a­tor,” Her­shey posted on Face­book Wed­nes­day morn­ing. “I am grate­ful to so many of you that called and sent mes­sages of con­grat­u­la­tions. I re­al­ize how blessed I am in read­ing and lis­ten­ing to each one. Rep­re­sent­ing other peo­ple is a tremen­dous re­spon­si­bil­ity and once again, I thank all of you that have en­trusted that re­spon­si­bil­ity in me.”

He said he is proud of the ac­com­plish­ments of the Dis­trict 36 del­e­ga­tion. He said he looks for­ward to four more years of work­ing with “Team 36.”

Mean­while, the Repub­li­can del­e­gates each won about 21 to 23 per­cent of the vote in Dis­trict 36, while Democrats Keirien Tay­lor (Caro­line), Michael Welker (Ce­cil) and Crys­tal Wood­ward (Queen Anne’s) earned be­tween 10 and 12 per­cent each.

Arentz was the top voteget­ter with 28,080 votes, fol­lowed by Ja­cobs with 27,833 and Ghrist at 26,175. Among Democrats, Wood­ward had 15,075 votes, Welker had 13,391 and Tay­lor gar­nered 12,424.

Arentz, a for­mer Queen Anne’s County com­mis­sioner and res­tau­rant owner, has called for re­form to state ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing, health care costs and lo­cal trans­porta­tion fund­ing, among other po­si­tions.

In a Face­book post Tues­day night, he con­grat­u­lated all the win­ners in this year’s elec­tion, say­ing Team 36 had an out­stand­ing night.

Ghrist, a for­mer Caro­line County com­mis­sioner who built a ca­reer in re­tail man­age­ment and real es­tate sales, has stressed a fo­cus on in­creas­ing ac­count­abil­ity of school fund­ing, in­creas­ing ac­cess to health care and drug treat­ment, and boost­ing cleaner en­ergy to pro­tect the Bay, among other is­sues.

Ja­cobs, a for­mer mayor of Rock Hall and a small busi­ness owner, has em­pha­sized a need to ad­dress the de­bris buildup at the Conowingo Dam, re­duc­ing the reach of the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments on lo­cal schools and low­er­ing health care costs.

All elec­tion re­sults are un­of­fi­cial. Ab­sen­tee and pro­vi­sional bal­lots re­main to be counted.


The In­cum­bents in the Dis­trict 36 Gen­eral Assem­bly del­e­ga­tion won re-elec­tion Tues­day. From left are Del. Jay Ja­cobs, R-36-Kent; Del. Steve Arentz, R-36-Queen Anne’s; state Sen. Steve Her­shey, R-36-Up­per-Shore; and Del. Jeff Ghrist, R-36-Caro­line.

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