Queen Anne’s County vot­ers go all Repub­li­can

Record Observer - - NEWS - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — It was a Repub­li­can sweep in Queen Anne’s County Tues­day night, Nov. 6, as vot­ers elected all GOP can­di­dates for ev­ery race from county com­mis­sion through judge of Or­phans’ Court. The Gen­eral Elec­tion saw a 61.87 per­cent turnout with 22,057 of the county’s 35,648 reg­is­tered vot­ers cast­ing their bal­lots.

In­cum­bent County Com­mis­sion­ers Jim Mo­ran (At Large), Jack Wil­son (Dis­trict 1) and Steve Wil­son will be joined on the board by Phil Du­me­nil (Dis­trict 3) and Chris Corchiarino (Dis­trict 4). Mo­ran was first ap­pointed to the county com­mis­sion in De­cem­ber 2013 to fin­ish out the term of Steve Arentz, who had been ap­pointed as state del­e­gate, then went on to win elec­tion in his own right in 2014; this will be his sec­ond full term. Jack Wil­son was ap­pointed in June 2015 to fill the seat va­cated by Paul Com­fort, who re­signed to take a po­si­tion with the state, so this will be Wil­son’s first full term. This will be the sec­ond term for Steve Wil­son. This also will be Du­me­nil’s sec­ond term as county com­mis­sioner; he pre­vi­ously served from

2010 to 2014. Corchiarino is the only com­pletely new face on the board.

Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann will re­turn for a fourth term. He re­ceived 14,457 votes to Demo­cratic chal­lenger Kevin Rhodes’

7,097.

On the Or­phans’ Court, in­cum­bent judges Kim­berly Jean Cas­cia, Thomas Walsh and Eric War­gotz were re-elected by wide mar­gins.

State’s At­tor­ney Lance Richard­son, Clerk of Cir­cuit Court Kather­ine Beane Hager and Reg­is­ter of Wills Laura Nan Cook, all Repub­li­cans, all ran un­op­posed and were re-elected.

The red tide ex­tended to state and na­tional races too. The only Demo­cratic can­di­date to win in Queen Anne’s County was State Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot, who re­ceived 11,879 votes to 9,382 for his Repub­li­can chal­lenger An­jali Reed Phukan.

In the non-par­ti­san Board of Ed­u­ca­tion races, Tammy Harper beat Mary Ellen Walker for the At Large seat, 10,240 votes to 6,403, and Car­rie Lee O’con­nor beat Dick Smith, 10,688 to 5,728, in Dis­trict 2. In Dis­trict 1, Michele Lynn Mor­ris­sette ran un­op­posed and re­ceived 15,016 votes.

Lo­cal vot­ers were split on the bal­lot ques­tions. An over­whelm­ing num­ber sup­ported the Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ment to re­quire com­mer­cial gam­ing rev­enues for pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion to sup­ple­ment spend­ing for ed­u­ca­tion in pub­lic schools, 17,398 for to 2,803 against. A nar­row mar­gin op­posed the Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ment to al­low Elec­tion Day regis­tra­tion with 10,010 for to 10,445 against.

Out of 1,028 ab­sen­tee bal­lots re­quested, 715 have been re­turned so far. Bal­lots had to be mailed by 8 p.m. on Elec­tion Day, so more may be com­ing.

There were also 278 pro­vi­sional bal­lots cast in the county.

Nei­ther ab­sen­tee nor pro­vi­sional votes are in­cluded in the to­tals re­ported here.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Work­ing the Mat­a­peake El­e­men­tary School polling place pro­vi­sional vot­ing ta­ble, from the left, Lynne Kilby Ge­orge, Michelle Girvin, chief judge An­thony Hatcher, and Michele Kir­win. Hatcher re­ported there were 28 vot­ers wait­ing out­side when the polls opened there at 7 a.m., and within the first hour they had pro­cessed 129 vot­ers to­tal.

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