Ol­szewski wins: New county ex­ec­u­tive is a Dun­dalkian

All lo­cal Repub­li­can in­cum­bents re-elected

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com

Four years ago, in the Edge­mere VFW Hall, John Ol­szewski Sr. stood be­fore a gath­er­ing of his son’s sup­port­ers who were stunned into si­lence by Ol­szewski Jr.’s loss that elec­tion day in the race for state se­na­tor and said:

“The peo­ple of the district have spo­ken. I be­lieve they spoke wrongly ...”

Tues­day night, Ol­szewski Sr. took the podium in a ball­room of the Tow­son Sher­a­ton Ho­tel and ad­dressed hun­dreds of loud, cheer­ing, cel­e­brat­ing peo­ple.

“Hey Team O, how are you do­ing tonight?” he said, as the Black-Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feel­ing” played over the P.A. sys­tem (“I gotta feel­ing that tonight’s gonna be a good night ...”).

John Ol­szewski Jr., his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer prac­ti­cally left for dead that night four years ago, com­pleted a re­mark­able re­vival by be­ing elected Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive.

As of early Wed­nes­day morn­ing, unof­fi­cial re­sults had Ol­szewski Jr., the Demo­cratic can­di­date, de­feat­ing Repub­li­can can­di­date Al Red­mer Jr. 174,406 to 129,209 with 244 of 250 precincts re­port­ing.

“Well, we did it,” Ol­szewski Jr. told the en­thu­si­as­tic crowd. “Are you ready for a bet­ter Bal­ti­more County? I’ve got some good news: it’s al­ready here.

A peo­ple-pow­ered cam­paign that speaks to what’s pos­si­ble in the county.”

“When we started this cam­paign two years ago, po­lit­i­cal in­sid­ers didn’t give us a chance. They wrote us off. But all of you be­lieved in me. And thanks to you, Bal­ti­more County be­lieves in me.”

The man who de­feated Ol­szewski Jr. four years ago, Johnny Ray Salling, also had a good night as he and the three del­e­gates who be­came the first Repub­li­cans to ever rep­re­sent the Dun­dalk area in the state leg­is­la­ture proved their vic­tory in 2014 was no one-time fluke.

Salling was re-elected by an unof­fi­cial count (244 precincts re­port­ing) of 18,941 to 13,427 over Demo­cratic chal­lenger Buddy Staiger­wald.

“We’re very happy,” Salling said. “The peo­ple feel good about what we’re do­ing and what [Gov. Larry Ho­gan) is do­ing.”

The three in­cum­bent del­e­gates, Bob Long (17,760), Robin Gram­mer (17,568) and Ric Met­z­gar (17,321), eas­ily held off Demo­cratic chal­lengers Ni­cholas D’Adamo (12,251), Me­gan Ann Mio­duszewski (11,652) and Diane DeCarlo (11,414).

Lib­er­tar­ian can­di­date Michael J. Ly­den re­ceived 1,400 votes. As with all vote to­tals in this story, these num­bers are unof­fi­cial and based on 244 of the 250 precincts re­port­ing as of early Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

“The things I was hear­ing from vot­ers to­day that they were happy with what they were see­ing from the Repub­li­can Party,” Gram­mer said. “And they were not happy at all with what they were see­ing from the Demo­cratic Party.

“I know that’s a very par­ti­san mes­sage, but that’s what I was hear­ing.”

Gov. Larry Ho­gan be­came the first Repub­li­can in­cum­bent gover­nor to be re-elected in Mary­land since 1954.

“This is a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity for Dun­dalk, Es­sex and eastern Balt­more County,” Met­z­gar said. “It gives us mo­men­tum to con­tinue what we’re do­ing and the work we have started.”

“Our vi­sion will be com­ing into fruition. Great things are hap­pen­ing, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment is go­ing to hap­pen, job cre­ation is go­ing to hap­pen, hous­ing is go­ing to hap­pen and ed­u­ca­tion for our vo­ca­tional young peo­ple is go­ing to hap­pen.”

Ho­gan de­feated Demo­cratic chal­lenger Ben Jeal­ous by an unof­fi­cial to­tal (1,983 of 1,991 precincts re­port­ing) of 1,196,352 to 909,923.

In Bal­ti­more County, Ho­gan de­feated Jeal­ous 187,766 to 113,337.

Ol­szewski Jr. praised his op­po­nent dur­ing his vic­tory speech.

“I com­mend [Red­mer] for his life­time of ser vice, not just for Bal­ti­more County, but the state of Mary­land,” Ol­szewski Jr. said.

He con­tin­ued to stress a “Bet­ter Bal­ti­more County,” a move­ment he started even be­fore he an­nounced his can­di­dacy for county ex­ec­u­tive.

“Pol­i­tics will never get in the way of progress here in Bal­ti­more County,” Ol­szewski Jr. said. “I am so ex­cited for our county’s fu­ture. I know our best days are in front of us.”

Ol­szewski Sr. re­called that night four years ago at the Edge­mere VFW Hall,

“Tonight val­i­dates the be­lief in him,” Ol­szewski Sr. said. “He just worked hard, but the most im­por­tant thing is, he lis­tened to peo­ple, lis­tened to what they felt he could do to make a bet­ter Bal­ti­more County. I could see this day hap­pen­ing two years ago.”

“Four years ago, it was a gutcheck,” said John’s brother, Jor­dan Ol­szewski. “We were de­flated. But tonight we took noth­ing for granted, and we are elated; elated to call John the next county ex­ec­u­tive.”

Ol­szewski Jr. called his de­feat for years ago (after be­ing elected to the House of Del­e­gates in 2006 and 2010) “a good re­minder that life is go­ing to throw chal­lenges your way, and it’s im­por­tant to know you can come back from that and end up in a place where you can do even more.

“We al­ways be­lieved the county’s best days are still ahead, and it’s a mes­sage that res­onated with the peo­ple of the county.”

Other races

In the race for 7th District rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Bal­ti­more County Coun­cil, in­cum­bent Repub­li­can Todd Crandell also demon­strated stay­ing power with a 18,516 to 12,399 vic­tory over Demo­cratic chal­lenger Brian Weir.

(Again, unof­fi­cial num­bers, 244 precincts re­port­ing.)

Sud­denly-for­mer Ch­e­sa­peake High School ath­letic di­rec­tor Rod McMil­lion was elected to rep­re­sent the 7th Coun­cil­manic District on the Bal­ti­more County School Board.

This is the first time the county school board will be com­prised of elected and ap­pointed mem­bers.

McMil­lion, a long­time teacher who must now re­tire (for­tu­nately, he’s past re­tire­ment age), de­feated Wil­liam Feuer by an unof­fi­cial count of 13,286 to 10,671.

In the 2nd Con­gres­sional District, in­cum­bent Demo­crat C.A. Dutch Rup­pers­berger de­feated Repub­li­can chal­lenger Liz Ma­tory 93,541 to 49,072.

Rup­pers­berger was first elected to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in 2002.

Ben­jamin Cardin, the in­cum­bent Demo­crat, was re-elected to the U.S. Se­nate over Repub­li­can chal­lenger Tony Camp­bell 183,663 to 101,086.

R. Jay Fisher, a Demo­crat, was re-elected as Bal­ti­more County Sherif f by a vote of 175,512 to 110,702 over Repub­li­can chal­lenger Carl Magee Jr.

Ea­gle re­porter Char­lene Mayo con­trib­uted to this story. Fol­low me on Twit­ter

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PHOTO BY BILL GATES

John Ol­szewski Jr. ad­dresses his sup­port­ers gath­ered in a ball­room of the Tow­son Sher­a­ton Ho­tel after he was de­clared win­ner of the race for Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

John Ol­szewski Sr. and mem­bers of John Ol­szewski Jr.’s cam­paign staff warm up the crowd while wait­ing for the can­di­date to ar­rive at Tow­son Sher­a­ton Ho­tel.

PHOTO BY CHAR­LENE MAYO

In­cum­bent del­e­gates Robin Gram­mer, left, and Ric Met­z­gar pre­pare to greet sup­port­ers on Elec­tion night at the Pizza John’s restau­rant on Back River Neck Road after they learned they had been re-elected.

PHOTO BY CHAR­LENE MAYO

Ric Met­zger and the District Six team cel­e­brated with sup­port­ers at Pizza Johns in Es­sex.

PHOTO BY CHAR­LENE MAYO

Sen. Salling greets sup­port­ers on Elec­tion Night.

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