Ab­sen­tee votes set GOP coun­cil slate

Laura Price locks up last slot af­ter sec­ond can­vass­ing

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRISTINA ACOSTA ca­costa@ches­pub.com

EAS­TON — The sec­ond round of ab­sen­tee bal­lots was counted on Fri­day af­ter­noon, July 6, fi­nal­iz­ing who will con­tinue to the gen­eral elec­tion in Novem­ber.

Af­ter pri­mary elec­tion day on June 26 and the first can­vass­ing of ab­sen­tee bal­lots on June 28, the Repub­li­can race for county coun­cil was the closest in Tal­bot County.

Fol­low­ing the fi­nal count Fri­day, in­cum­bent Chuck Cal­la­han re­mained in first place with 2,706 votes (18.8 per­cent), and in­cum­bent Corey Pack car­ried sec­ond place with 2,457 votes (17.1 per­cent).

Cur­rent Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Jen­nifer Wil­liams fin­ished two votes ahead of chal­lenger Frank Divilio, with 2,323 votes and he with 2,321 votes (both at 16.1 per­cent).

Fin­ish­ing fifth with 2,309 votes (16 per­cent), in­cum­bent Laura Price will ad­vance to the gen­eral elec­tion, while chal­lenger Lisa Marie Ghezzi did not make it to the next round with 2,273 votes (15.8 per­cent).

“I am grate­ful to all the vot­ers of Tal­bot County and hope they know how im­por­tant each one of their votes is and how much it means to me to have the con­fi­dence of vot­ers in the pri­mar y, and look for ward to the fo­rums with my Repub­li­can and Demo­crat can­di­dates when we dis­cuss is­sues of im­por­tance to the vot­ers in Tal­bot County,” Price said. “Tal­bot County is the place to which I hope my two sons will re­turn when they be­gin their ca­reers and their

fam­i­lies, so I want to help keep it the beau­ti­ful place it is and help pre­pare for the fu­ture with sound fis­cal, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal plan­ning.”

On the Demo­cratic ticket for county coun­cil, Keasha N. Haythe led with 2,398 votes (20.5 per­cent), and Pete Lesher came in sec­ond with 2,137 votes (18.2 per­cent). Naomi Hy­man fin­shed third with 2,902 votes (17.8 per­cent), Mau­reen Scott-Tay­lor came in fourth with 1,662 votes (14.2 per­cent), and Ros­alee “Rose” Potter came in fifth with 1,643 (14 per­cent).

Robin Page, with 956 votes (8.2 per­cent), and Do­minic “Mickey” Ter­rone, 833 votes (7.1 per­cent), will not ad­vance to the gen­eral elec­tion.

“I am ex­cited to see the mo­men­tum that we ex­pe­ri­enced in the lo­cal elec­tions,” Haythe said. “I am thank­ful to ev­ery per­son that voted for me and placed me in first place. I look for­ward to work­ing with all the can­di­dates that are mov­ing for­ward to the gen­eral elec­tion. To the can­di­dates that did not move for­ward, I am grate­ful to have had the op­por­tu­nity to be on the same bal­lot with them.”

The dead­line for voter regis­tra­tion and party af­fil­i­a­tion for the Novem­ber gen­eral elec­tion is Tues­day, Oct. 16. Early vot­ing for the gen­eral elec­tion is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thurs­day, Oct. 25, through Thurs­day, Nov. 1, with polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on elec­tion day, Tues­day, Nov. 6.

KEASHA HAYTHE

CHUCK CAL­LA­HAN

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