Absentee votes set GOP council slate
Laura Price locks up last slot after second canvassing
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.