Commentary

printed 11/09/2018

The reverberations of ringing telephones and vigorously employed door knockers have begun to fade, and residential mailboxes are on their way to recovery from the swelling induced by the reams of campaign literature deposited therein.

And with these things, many Worcester County residents are probably reflecting on the past month or two and saying to themselves and others, “Wow, I’m glad that’s over.”

They would be referring to one of the most hectic, energetic and aggressively fought political campaign seasons in years. From the state level to Ocean City’s municipal elections, candidates seemed to seek every opportunity and means of conveying their message to the public.

That is, of course, exactly what they should have been doing. With one local exception, which would be Ocean City Councilman Lloyd Martin, whose low-key “vote for me or don’t” campaign style continues to work, candidates in all races went out in full pursuit of their objectives.

That approach served Ocean City Councilman Matt James and Councilman-elect Mark Paddack well in the local contest, just as it did most of the Worcester County Commissioners.

But it was the Maryland Senate race between Republican Del. Mary Beth Carozza and Democratic Sen. Jim Mathias that brought out more Worcester County voters than any other battle on the ballot.

More votes were cast in this contest in Worcester than there were for governor, and it was Worcester that put Carozza far ahead of Mathias.

Carozza clearly benefitted from the popularity of Gov. Larry Hogan, who endorsed her. She also was helped by a strong Republican community in northern Worcester County, and by an Ocean City business community still angered by Mathias’ vote for the new paid sick leave law that he managed to tweak, but voted for nevertheless.

But that’s history now and we have to look ahead. In that respect, we wish this election’s victors well, encourage them to stand by their principles when appropriate, seek compromise when it serves their constituents’ interests, and work just as hard on the job as they did on the campaign trail.

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