Two districts contested in county council race
CAMBRIDGE — Two districts in Dorchester County will have contested races for county council, with three races uncontested.
District 1 will have a contested race between incumbent Don Satterfield, a republican, and Democratic candidate Jay Newcomb. Also running in District 1 was write-in is Shay Lewis-Sisco, a Democrat. In District 5, Republican incumbent Thomas Bradshaw will be challenged by Libby Nagel, a republican.
William Nichols, a Democrat, will be uncontested in District 2, while Ricky Travers another Democrat will be uncontested in District 3. Republican Lenny Pfeffer is uncontested in District 4.
Don Satterfield is completing his first term on the county council. He has 30 years of experience serving for the U.S. Army., about a decade in the Dorchester County Sheriff’s office and time spent managing the Dorchester County Airport. Satterfield said his goal as a councilman is to continue to bring opportunity to the county.
“For years in the past we missed opportunities,” Satterfield said. “The current council and myself believe we’re making strides . ... Our development all over has improved, our support for infrastructure has improved.”
Newcomb, a Dorchester native, is a graduate of Cambridge-South Dorchester High School. Newcomb also is a lifelong member of Church Creek Volunteer Fire Company. Newcomb also owns and operates Old Salty’s Restaurant and Old Salty’s Seafood.
Newcomb is a strong proponent of education, and said he has been a part of various county budgets as part of his time on the council. Newcomb also said he was focused on diversity and providing inclusivity.
“(I’m) willing to work with the diverse population, from the farmers to the watermen, processing, manufacturing,” Newcomb said.
Lewis-Sisco has spent the previous two years in Workforce Development for Maryland. She also has experience working for the Dorchester County Department of Social Services and Dorchester County Public Schools.
“As an elected official my obligation and commitment is to the reunification of Dorchester County,” Lewis-Sisco said. District 2
Democrat William Nichols will run unopposed in District
2. A graduate of Cambridge High School, Nichols is a member of the parks and recreation board for the county, along with being a member of the Maryland Association of Counties legislative board. District 3
Democrat Ricky Travers, current president of the council, will run unopposed in District 3. Travers is a Cambridge High School graduate and also is owner of Simmons Center Market on Race Street in Cambridge.
Republican Lenny Pfeffer will run unopposed in District
4. Pfeffer is a previous automotive service facility manager and a previous small business owner. Pfeffer is a strong proponent of education, along with building a sustainable budget for the county. District 5
Republican incumbent Tom Bradshaw is currently in his second term. Bradshaw is a co-owner of Reid’s Grove Country Store. Bradshaw also said education was an important priority of the council.
“Our schools are a major priority in this county,” Bradshaw said. “I advocate for better use of the systems we have in place, more classroom teachers, less administrators and taking better care of our properties.”
Republican Libby Nagel will challenge Bradshaw. Nagel lists her experience as an 18 year farmer and land owner, along with being part owner of Win Transport Inc., a transportation broker company.
Nagel also is a strong proponent of education, and said she would encourage the board to have the best resources available for education.
“I would advocate the school board who receives monies from the county for their budget to seek and maintain their excellent teaching staff and insure monies be spent for the safety of teachers and students in all schools in the county,” Nagel said.