CENTREVILLE — It was a Republican sweep in Queen Anne’s County Tuesday night, Nov. 6, as voters elected all GOP candidates for every race from county commission through judge of Orphans’ Court. The General Election saw a 61.87 percent turnout with 22,057 of the county’s 35,648 registered voters casting their ballots.
Incumbent County Commissioners Jim Moran (At Large), Jack Wilson (District 1) and Steve Wilson will be joined on the board by Phil Dumenil (District 3) and Chris Corchiarino (District 4). Moran was first appointed to the county commission in December 2013 to finish out the term of Steve Arentz, who had been appointed as state delegate, then went on to win election in his own right in 2014; this will be his second full term. Jack Wilson was appointed in June 2015 to fill the seat vacated by Paul Comfort, who resigned to take a position with the state, so this will be Wilson’s first full term. This will be the second term for Steve Wilson. This also will be Dumenil’s second term as county commissioner; he previously served from 2010 to 2014. Corchiarino is the only completely new face on the board.
Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary Hofmann will return for a fourth term. He received 14,457 votes to Democratic challenger Kevin Rhodes’ 7,097.
On the Orphans’ Court, incumbent judges Kimberly Jean Cascia, Thomas Walsh and Eric Wargotz were re-elected by wide margins.
State’s Attorney Lance Richardson, Clerk of Circuit Court Katherine Beane Hager and Register of Wills Laura Nan Cook, all Republicans, all ran unopposed and were re-elected.
The red tide extended to state and national races too. The only Democratic candidate to win in Queen Anne’s County was State Comptroller Peter Franchot, who received 11,879 votes to 9,382 for his Republican challenger Anjali Reed Phukan.
In the non-partisan Board of Education races, Tammy Harper beat Mary Ellen Walker for the At Large seat, 10,240 votes to 6,403, and Carrie Lee O’Connor beat Dick Smith, 10,688 to 5,728, in District 2. In District 1, Michele Lynn Morrissette ran unopposed and received 15,016 votes.
Local voters were split on the ballot questions. An overwhelming number supported the Constitutional Amendment to require commercial gaming revenues for public education to supplement spending for education in public schools, 17,398 for to 2,803 against. A narrow margin opposed the Constitutional Amendment to allow Election Day registration with 10,010 for to 10,445 against.
Out of 1,028 absentee ballots requested, 715 have been returned so far. Ballots had to be mailed by 8 p.m. on Election Day, so more may be coming.
There were also 278 provisional ballots cast in the county.
Neither absentee nor provisional votes are included in the totals reported here.