QA cit­i­zens vote against Ques­tion A

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@ches­pub.com

CENTREVILLE — A highly de­bated topic for Queen Anne’s County on elec­tion night was Ques­tion A. The non-bind­ing straw poll asked if four county com­mis­sion­ers should be elected only by the vot­ers of the dis­trict in which the can­di­date re­sides. The fifth com­mis­sioner would re­main elected at large.

The votes were split 54.9 per­cent against and 45.1 per­cent in sup­port of vot­ing by dis­trict. If the leg­is­la­tion is en­acted, the voter would have two county com­mis­sioner rep­re­sen­ta­tives — one from the dis­trict in which the voter lives and the at-large com­mis­sioner.

Votes against Ques­tion A to­taled 13,087, with 10,763 sup­port­ing the straw bal­lot to vote by dis­trict.

The re­sults of the straw poll are not bind­ing, and it will fall to the cur­rent county com­mis­sion­ers to de­cide whether or not to ask the state Gen­eral As­sem­bly to change the way Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers are elected.

Com­mis­sioner Steve Wil­son said Tues­day evening he was happy to hear the peo­ple had the knowl­edge and fore­sight to vote ap­pro­pri­ately.

“This keeps the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the county avail­able to all the peo­ple,” Wil­son said.

When asked if the cur­rent county com­mis­sion­ers would act on the re­sults

of the straw bal­lot, Wil­son said the ma­jor­ity of the com­mis­sion­ers did sup­port the ma­jor­ity vot­ers on their

rec­om­men­da­tion that vot­ing not be rel­e­gated to elec­tion by dis­trict.

“We are ready to go ahead and sign that let­ter,” Wil­son said Tues­day night.

County Com­mis­sioner Jim Mo­ran and Church Hill Town Com­mis­sioner Char-

lie Rhodes have ad­vo­cated for the change. County Com­mis­sioner Steve Wil­son and Kent Is­land Her­itage So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent Jack Brod­er­ick cam­paigned against the change.

Mo­ran did not re­turn a phone call for com­ment.

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