Newcomb elected to Dorchester County Council
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.