Repub­li­can in­cum­bents win in Caro­line

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­[email protected]­o­line­times­record.com

DEN­TON — It was a good Elec­tion Day for in­cum­bents in Caro­line County, as ev­ery can­di­date seek­ing re-elec­tion was vic­to­ri­ous.

Repub­li­can in­cum­bents Larry Porter and Wil­bur Le­ven­good Jr. won their third terms as Caro­line County com­mis­sion­ers, while the third Repub­li­can in­cum­bent, Dan Franklin, won his sec­ond.

Caro­line County Sher­iff Randy Bounds was re-elected to his third term. Caro­line County Cir­cuit Court Judge Jonathan Newell was elected to his first full 15year term on the bench. He was ap­pointed to the judge­ship in 2016 by Gov. Larry Ho­gan, but had to be con­firmed to a full term by vot­ers. Caro­line In­terim State’s At­tor­ney Joe Ri­ley won his un­op­posed race.

Porter, Franklin and Le­ven­good had 7,151, 6,204 and 6,200 votes, re­spec­tively, de­feat­ing lone Demo­cratic can­di­date Nevin Crouse, who gar­nered 3,417 votes.

“Cer­tainly it’s al­ways an honor to win and to have peo­ple show their sup­port,” Porter said. “I prob­a­bly did less cam­paign­ing this time. I let peo­ple know if they’re sat­is­fied with what I’ve done over the last two terms, I’d ap­pre­ci­ate their vote, and if not, they have other op­tions.”

“I asked the cit­i­zens to give me an­other term, and I look for­ward to serv­ing them,” Le­ven­good said. “That’s all I’ve done my en­tire adult life, is work for the cit­i­zens of Caro­line County.”

Le­ven­good said the com­mis­sion­ers have a lot of de­ci­sions to make over the next four years. He hopes to con­tinue grow­ing the county’s econ­omy, bring in more jobs and com­plete ma­jor con­struc­tion projects in the pipe­line, like the new sher­iff’s of­fice build­ing and new el­e­men­tary school in Greens­boro.

“Be­ing re­elected to a sec­ond term by the vot­ers is very sat­is­fy­ing, and hope­fully a mea­sure of how vot­ers feel about the job that we’ve done,” Franklin said. “I’m very proud and ex­cited about my sec­ond term, and def­i­nitely look­ing for­ward to it. There are a lot of things in the works that we wanted to see through.”

Porter said he was a lit­tle sur­prised all three in­cum­bents were re­elected.

“I thought there might be a change only be­cause some­times peo­ple just want change,”

Porter said. “We made a gen­tle­man’s agree­ment a long time ago about how to con­duct our­selves and our meet­ings. I cer­tainly hope peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate that we try to be civil to each other and work to­gether.”

“There’s a lot to be said for know­ing the peo­ple you’ve been work­ing with,” Le­ven­good said. “The ground rules are al­ready set so we know what to ex­pect of each other.”

“I’m happy we kept the team to­gether,” said Franklin.

Porter com­mended the rest of the can­di­dates who ran for com­mis­sioner.

“It’s im­por­tant for peo­ple to re­al­ize how dif­fi­cult it is to run, to put your­self out there, spend the time and al­ways be pre­pared to an­swer ques­tions,” Porter said. “I hope in the fu­ture peo­ple won’t be dis­cour­aged to put their hat in the ring. There will be empty seats in the fu­ture and I hope to see good peo­ple fill them.”

Newell, who had served as Caro­line County’s state’s at­tor­ney since 2002 un­til his ap­point­ment, de­feated chal­lenger Den­nis Fa­rina,

a 33-year Den­ton at­tor­ney.

Newell got 5,978 votes to Fa­rina’s 4,662. ”It feels a lit­tle strange, af­ter two years of cam­paign mode, to have it all done,” Newell said, cred­it­ing his fam­ily for their help dur­ing the cam­paign. “But I’m ob­vi­ously very happy with the re­sults, and I’m look­ing for­ward to serv­ing for the next 15 years.”

Since he is no longer a can­di­date judge, Newell said he will not be able to at­tend po­lit­i­cal events, but he plans to still go out and sup­port other com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions as much as pos­si­ble.

”I ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one’s con­fi­dence,” Newell said. “I look for­ward to main­tain­ing that con­fi­dence.”

Bounds got 7,127 votes to win a third con­sec­u­tive term, hold­ing off a chal­lenge from Steven Bid­dle, a 23-year vet­eran of and se­nior deputy in the Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, who re­ceived 3,916 votes.

Caro­line County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion mem­ber James New­comb will serve his third term as the elected mem­ber from the county’s ed­u­ca­tional

vot­ing District 3, as his 2,178 votes were enough to de­feat chal­lenger Sherone Thomp­son, who re­ceived 925 votes.

New­comb, of Fed­er­als­burg, is also a for­mer ap­pointed mem­ber of the county’s hy­brid board, and has ser ved a to­tal of 11 years.

Caro­line County Reg­is­ter of Wills Jim Phelps re­ceived the most over­all votes in the county (9,212) and won a third term, run­ning un­op­posed, and Ri­ley, who Newell ap­pointed the county’s ad in­terim state’s at­tor­ney af­ter Newell’s own ap­point­ment, ran un­op­posed in the gen­eral elec­tion to win his first elected term as state’s at­tor­ney.

The only new face in of­fice in Caro­line County will be that of Terry Lord, who was elected clerk of the cir­cuit court.

Lord has worked for 30 years in the of­fice. She has been chief deputy since 2011, un­der long­time Clerk of the Cir­cuit Court Dale Min­ner, who an­nounced last year he is re­tir­ing af­ter 36 years in of­fice.

Lord de­feated Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Missy Gal­lagher, 7,838 votes to 3,202.

TERRY LORD

JOE RI­LEY

RANDY BOUNDS

DAN FRANKLIN

JONATHAN NEWELL

LARRY PORTER

WIL­BUR LE­VEN­GOOD

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