Republican incumbents win re-election in District 36
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.