(Dec. 28, 2018) The 2018 election brought new and familiar faces to represent the people of Worcester County.
The area has a new senator: Mary Beth Carozza, a Republican who defeated incumbent Democrat Jim Mathias in the race for District 38. Carozza had a 2,287-vote margin over Mathias, 12,330 to 10,043.
Carozza won 53 percent of the total votes to Mathias’ 46.9 percent, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections.
Carozza, who had been this district’s member of the House of Delegates, returns to Annapolis in the senior house.
Elected to fill her place in the House of Delegates was Republican Ocean City Councilman Wayne Hartman, who faced only write-in competition in the general election for District 38C.
Also representing a portion of Worcester County will be incumbent Del. Charles Otto, Republican, in District 38A. He defeated Democratic challenger Kirkland Hall. Otto won by 2,631 votes in Worcester County. Otto got 59.5 percent of the vote compared to Kirkland’s 40.4 percent.
Also notable about the election was that it was the first time the voters in District 38, Worcester, Somerset and part of Wicomico, elected to send an all-Republican delegation to the General Assembly.
At the county level, three incumbent county commissioners, Bud Church, Ted Elder and Chip Bertino, were re-elected. Church defeated Berlin Town Councilman Zackery Tyndall in the race for District 3 (2,302 votes to 1,182), Ted Elder held off former commissioner Virgil Shockley in District 4 (1,586 votes to 1,367) and Chip Bertino won against Judy Butler in District 5 (2,516 votes to 1,451).
Out of seven county commissioner seats, there is only one new member: Democrat Joshua Nordstrom, who defeated Republican Merrill Lockfaw, 1,321 votes to 1,138, in the District 1 race.
As for the Register of Wills contest, Terri Delaney Westcott, a Republican, won against Democrat Nicole Caudell 13,790 votes to 7,550.
Worcester County also joined the rest of the state to deliver a landslide victory to incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan, the first Republican governor to be re-elected since 1954.
Locally, Hogan won 76.3 percent of the vote to Democrat Ben Jealous’s 22.7 percent.