Mark your calendar for the primary election on Tuesday June 26, 2018. This is your first change to select a new Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). It is critical that we choose commissioners who are in line with our desire to protect the quality of life we currently enjoy AND carefully allow managed growth that our roadways, facilities and schools can accomadate.
The BOCC selects the members of the Planning Commission (PC), Huntingtown Architectural Review boards as well as other boards and commissions. Therefore their views on everything will affect our daily lives! In basic terms, the BOCC’s views will shape the length of the backup on your commute home, how many apartments and what size stores will be built and how many children will be in your son or daughter’s classroom. Will Huntingtown Town Center be expanded across MD Rt 4 at Cox Rd? How many dwellings units can be build per acre? How many transfer development rights (TDR) are needed for each dwelling unit? Will the “sunsetting” death of the TDR program begin? Is the construction of a new county government office complex the best use of our money and resources at this time?
Click here to find out more about registering to vote from the Maryland Board of Elections. (In order to vote in the primary, you must be registered as a Republican or Democratic.) Read more for a summary of the candidates from an editorial in the March 2, 2018 Calvert Recorder newspaper.
“The race for county commissioner, however, is bursting with eager candidates — 20 total — an indication, perhaps, of where citizens feel the most need to get involved and effect change this year. With numerous last-minute additions and a dropout, the commissioners’ race heading into June is as follows:
• Patrick Flaherty, Earl “Buddy” Hance and Bill Heine will challenge incumbents Tom Hejl (R) and Steve Weems (R), while Matt Bennett, Greg Brown, Joe Johnson and Duwane Rager face off as Democrats, with two candidates from each party moving beyond the primary to compete for the two at-large seats;
• Emad Emile Dides and incumbent Mike Hart (R) will go head to head in June, with Democrats Tricia Powell and Ted Haynie also squaring off, in District 1;
• Lone Democrat Susie Hance-Wells will wait to see whom she will face in November, as Republicans Mark Arness, David Gatton, Bruce Henkleman and Tim Hutchins vie for the District 2 seat in the primary;
• And with no one else competing on the primary ballot, Democrat Holly Heintz Budd will face Republican Kelly McConkey in the general election in District 3.
In state races, running to represent Calvert:
• Philip Parenti will take on Michael Thomas in the Republican primary to decide who will face incumbent Del. Michael Jackson (D-Calvert, Prince George’s) in November;
• Democrat Jason Fowler will square off against incumbent Del. Mark Fisher (R-Calvert) in the general, with neither facing a primary opponent;
• Del. Gerald W. “Jerry” Clark (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s) is up against Democrat Julia Nichols in the general, again with neither having a primary contender;
• Sen. Steve Waugh (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s) faces Republicans Jack Bailey and Daniel Geary, with the primary winner taking on Democrat Thomas Brewer in November; and
• Incumbent Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s) and Tommi Makila head into the Democratic primary, while Jesse Allen Peed and Roussan “Rou” Etienne Jr. square off on the Republican ticket.”