QA citizens vote against Question A
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.