New­comb elected to Dorch­ester County Coun­cil

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@ches­

CAM­BRIDGE — Demo­cratic chal­lenger Jay New­comb will re­join the Dorch­ester County Coun­cil af­ter de­feat­ing District 1 in­cum­bent Don Sat­ter­field in the gen­eral elec­tion Tues­day, Nov. 6.

District 1

New­comb, in a close race, re­ceived 1,565 votes, or 53.3 per­cent of the vote, while Sat­ter­field re­ceived 1,355 votes, or 46.1 per­cent.

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 owns and op­er­ates Old Salty’s Res­tau­rant and Old Salty’s Seafood. He pre­vi­ously served on the Dorch­ester County Coun­cil un­til he was beaten by Sat­ter­field.

Sat­ter­field had just com­pleted 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.

Demo­crat Shay LewisSisco, who re­ceived 17 to­tal votes, 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.

Sat­ter­field said he felt the county would go back­wards with New­comb as a coun­cil­man.

“We have worked hard to bring Dorch­ester County for ward and now we’re go­ing back­wards. The cit­i­zens have made a de­ci­sion and that’s the way the sys­tem works,” Sat­ter­field said. “I be­lieve, un­for­tu­nately, we’ll go to a sys­tem that says no to ev­ery­thing when they had a sys­tem that was will­ing to work with them.”

District 2

Demo­crat Wil­liam Ni­chols ran un­op­posed in District 2 and re­ceived 1,381 votes.

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, ran un­op­posed in District 3 and re­ceived 2,159 votes.

Travers is a Cam­bridge High School grad­u­ate and also is owner of Sim­mons Cen­ter Mar­ket on Race Street in Cam­bridge.

District 4

Repub­li­can Lenny Pf­ef­fer ran un­op­posed in District 4 and re­ceived 1,729 votes. Other or write-in votes to­taled 99.

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

Libby Nagel won the sec­ond con­tested race for Dorch­ester County Coun­cil, re­ceiv­ing 1,709 votes. The Dorch­ester County Coun­cil had not re­leased who the write-in votes, of which there were 323, be­longed to as of press time Tues­day, Nov. 6.

Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Tom Brad­shaw cur­rently is in his sec­ond term for Dorch­ester County Coun­cil. Brad­shaw is a co-owner of Reid’s Grove Coun­try Store.

“I swerved with honor and dig­nity to the best of my abil­ity to the cit­i­zens of Dorch­ester County for the last eight years — I did the best I could,” Brad­shaw said.

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. She was un­avail­able for com­ment as of press time Tues­day, Nov. 6.


Sher­iff James Phillips Jr. was re­elected, re­ceiv­ing 7,329 votes, or 63.9 per­cent of the vote. Chal­lenger Gre­gory Rob­bins re­ceived 4,116 votes of 35.9 per­cent of the vote.

“I just ap­pre­ci­ate all the sup­port from all my friends and fam­ily,” Phillips said. “I wouldn’t be suc­cess­ful in any­thing I do with­out my fam­ily’s sup­port.”

Phillips be­gan his ca­reer at the Dorch­ester County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in 1977 as a dis­patcher. He worked his way up through the ranks be­fore be­ing elected sher­iff in 2002. He is mar­ried and has two chil­dren.

Rob­bins has over 25 years of fed­eral, state and lo­cal law en­force­ment ex­pe­ri­ence, and also is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. He lists hav­ing thou­sands of hours of con­tin­u­ous train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion in law en­force­ment.

Rob­bins was un­avail­able for com­ment as of press time Tues­day, Nov. 6.

Regis­ter of Wills

Doris Keene Lewis will be Dorch­ester County’s regis­ter of wills, re­ceiv­ing 6,979 voter, or 60.4 per­cent of the vote. Chal­lenger Richard Col­burn re­ceived 4,568 votes, or 39.5 per­cent.

Col­burn served as the Mid­Shore’s Repub­li­can sen­a­tor in District 37 from 1995 to 2015, a seat he held longer than any Eastern Shore sen­a­tor dur­ing his ten­ure. He served as chair­man of the Eastern Shore Del­e­ga­tion.

He lost to cur­rent Sen. Ad­die Eckardt in the 2014 pri­mary elec­tion. Prior to hold­ing a seat in the state Se­nate, Col­burn was a state del­e­gate be­tween 1983 and 1991.

“The sun came up this morn­ing and life will con­tinue,” Col­burn said Nov. 7. “I’m back at work at the Mary­land Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture serv­ing Gov­er­nor Hogan and the cit­i­zens of Mary­land . ... I gave the vot­ers a real choice on the regis­ter of wills.”

Lewis first was elected in 1974. Prior to her elec­tion, she worked in a law of­fice for 17 years that spe­cial­ized in pro­bate, cor­po­rate and real es­tate law.

Both candidates were un­avail­able for com­ment.

States At­tor­ney

Demo­cratic In­cum­bent Wil­liam Jones ran un­op­posed for state’s at­tor­ney in Dorch­ester County. He re­ceived 6,683 votes or 97.7 per­cent of the vote. Write-in votes tal­lied 212 votes, or 2.3 per­cent.

Jones ran on a di­verse back­ground, work­ing in con­struc­tion, as well as spend­ing time in the county sher­iff’s of­fice as a deputy.

Clerk of Court

Amy Craig ran un­op­posed for clerk of court in Dorch­ester County. She re­ceived 9,571 votes, or 97.6 per­cent of the vote. Write-in votes tal­lied 236, or 2.4 per­cent.

Craig is is the first fam­ily sup­port ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor for the cir­cuit court, serv­ing un­der cur­rent Cir­cuit Court Judge Brett W. Wil­son. She has been suc­cess­ful in de­vel­op­ing the court’s fam­ily sup­port ser­vices pro­gram through de­vel­op­ment of and ac­cess to ser­vices for those seek­ing as­sis­tance in fam­ily mat­ters need­ing court in­volve­ment.

Or­phans’ Court District 1 & 2

Three democrats ran un­op­posed for or­phans’ court judges in the first and sec­ond district, Ge­orge Ames Jr., Carolyn Todd and Calvin Travers, re­spec­tively.

Ames re­ceived 3,272 votes, or 98.5 per­cent of the vote. Write-ins con­trib­uted 51 votes, or 1.5 per­cent.

Todd re­ceived 4,719 votes, or 49.6 per­cent of the vote. Travers re­ceived 4,689 votes, or 49.3 per­cent.

Board of Ed­u­ca­tion

LeOtha Hull and Sheri Hub­bard both will claim seats on the Dorch­ester County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, re­ceiv­ing 1,225 and 1,555 votes, re­spec­tively.

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