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St. Mary's County holds off 'blue wave'

 

Lexington Park, MD - The general election has come to a close, and lest an unprecedented absentee swing in the few close elections, it is reasonably safe to say we know who will be representing St. Mary’s County citizens.

The commissioners’ race was a clean sweep for Republicans, repeating the result of the 2014 midterm election. In true redundant fashion, every incumbent who elected to run won. The St. Mary’s County Board of County Commissioners (SMC BOCC) President will continue to be incumbent Randy Guy, District 2 will be Michael Hewitt, District 3 will be John O’Connor, and District 4 will be Todd Morgan. Guy, Hewitt, and O’Connor will all be serving their second terms as county commissioners. Morgan will be serving his third and final term.

The only new commissioner-elect is Eric Colvin from District 1. Colvin, the Republican candidate, was in a three-way race between Democrat Timothy Ridgell and Roy Alvey who ran unaffiliated. Following his win, Colvin stated that he was “humbled, excited, and thankful for all the support.” Colvin will replace Tom Jarboe, who decided not to seek re-election after serving one term.

Moving on to the State Senate and House of Delegates races for District 29, the results were almost as many expected. District 29’s State Senator will be Jack Bailey who was able to overcome incumbent Steve Waugh during the Republican Primary. Bailey, a former Department of Natural Resources Police officer, won in a landslide victory over Democratic candidate Thomas Brewer, receiving 60.9 percent of the vote. In 29A, Republican incumbent Matt Morgan triumphed over Democrat Roberta Loker, earning 69.9 percent of the vote, and the Republicans were able to secure one more seat in 29C with incumbent  Jerry Clark receiving 57.5 percent of the vote, winning re-election over Democrat Julia Nichols.

Excited that he will be representing 29A for a second term, Matt Morgan stated, “it feels good to win, we stretched out this lead more than we did in 2014. Even though it was a Democratic year, we managed to add on to our vote total there. So, it really shows you that if a conservative comes out that’s reasonable, that speaks about what they believe in, they can be extremely successful.”

In 29B, Democratic candidate Brian Crosby eked out a win over Republican incumbent Deb Rey, receiving 52.6 percent and 47.2 percent, respectively. The result was one that many will consider an upset, and, potentially, the only real surprise in St. Mary’s Tuesday Night. Crosby won by 696 votes, and though the margin may narrow as absentee ballots are counted, it is unlikely that Deb Rey will win. In 2014, an election that Deb Rey won by 76 votes, 411 votes were absentee, so unless there is an increase of greater than 200 absentee voters and they all vote for Rey, Crosby will be declared the official Delegate Elect for District 29B on Thursday.

Tuesday night, a visibly elated Crosby stated that he was, “Just humbled. No delegate in the state of Maryland, no candidate for the House of Delegates, has these many supporters. I’m just humbled, I really am.”

Tim Cameron became the first St. Mary’s County Sheriff to be elected to four consecutive terms. The oldest sheriff’s office in the nation—established in 1637—has had only one other sheriff serve four terms but they were non-consecutive. Receiving 66.8 percent of the vote, Cameron easily defeated opponent Ted Bellavoine.

For more results, visit our article for St. Mary’s county results here.

Contact Jerold at staffwriter@thebaynet.com.

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