That's a Wrap! Primary Done: Gear up For the Main Event Nov. 2

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It’s now Sept. 15 and the Primary Election is done with some surprising and some not so surprising results. Winning candidates now gear up for a six-week push toward the General Election on Nov. 2.

In St. Mary’s County, the most surprising outcome was in the County Commissioner’s race in District 1 where political newcomer, Cindy Jones soundly defeated incumbent Kenny Dement. Jones will face educator Elfreda Mathis. In District 2, Democrat Arthur Shepherd will face a tough race against Dan Morris. Commissioner races in the third and fourth districts were set before the Primary voting began with Democrat Mattingly squaring off against Republican Jarboe in District 3 and Washington (D) battling with Todd Morgan (R) in District 4.

The St. Mary’s race for Commissioner President is shaping up to be a tough fight between incumbent and Democrat, Jack Russell and Republican McKay. However, perhaps the most surprising race of all was the lopsided victory of sitting Treasurer, Jannette Norris against retiring Commissioner, Dan Raley.

The Commissioner races in Calvert and Charles Counties are not as clear cut. Both counties use a system that allows voters countywide to vote for Commissioner Candidates in all districts. However the real battle in the General Election may be that of Commissioner President Candidates in Charles County. The Charles Primary saw Candace Quinn Kelly narrowly defeat acting Commissioner President, Edith Patterson. Kelly will face Republican Jack Cheseldine in the General Election.

The Commissioner Races for the four Charles Districts held few surprises with the battle to make it through in District 2, vacated by Patterson in her quest for Commissioner President, having the most competition for the opening. In District 2 Democrat Debra Davis will be facing Republican Richard Campbell in Nov. In District 1 Ken Robinson (D) will face Scot D. Lucas (R). The District 3 race Reuben Collins (D) will square off against perennial candidate Eric Vrem (R). District 4, newcomers Bobby Rucci (d) and Don Derencin (R) took the most votes and will face each other in the General.

In Calvert, the Commissioners’ races are complicated by the fact that the county has three Districts and two ‘At-Large’ Commissioner positions open.

In District 1, Republican Jerry Clark will face Democrat Kimberly Mackall. In District 2, Bill Phalen (D) will face incumbent Susan Shaw (R) in Nov. District 3 saw Democrat Wilson Parran won the primary and will face newcomer, Evan Slaughenhoupt (R) in the General Election. Republican top vote getters Steve Weems and Pat Nutter will continue on with top Democrat vote getters, Barbara Stinnet and Kelly McConkey all continue on to the General Election, surprising incumbent Linda Kelly who was edged out by a few votes.

In the races for State offices, District 27 will see incumbent Sen. Mike Miller (D) run against Veron Hayes (R). In District 29 Incumbent Sen. Roy Dyson (D) will face Stephen Waugh (R)

In the Delegate races, District 29C will see a General Election contest between Republican Tony O’Donnell, Democrat, Chris Davies and Libertarian Shawn Quinn. In District 29A, Democrat and incumbent, John Wood will face Matt Morgan (R) and Incumbent John Bohanan (D) will face Erik Andersen (R) in the General Election in District 29B.

On the statewide level, the race for U.S. Congress will come down to a contest between Rep. Steny Hoyer (D) and Charles Lollar (R) in what is expected to be an interesting race for the Congressional Fifth District. The U.S Senate race saw incumbent Sen. Barbara Mikuls

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