- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
On key issues the majority of voters in Calvert County were out of step with the majority of voters in the rest of Maryland and the United States.
Mitt Romney won 53 percent of the vote in Calvert. In the state, President Obama won 61 percent of the vote on his way to a nationwide re-election victory.
In the U.S. Senate race, Calvert picked Republican Daniel Bongino. Incumbent Ben Cardin (D) easily won a three-person statewide race with 55 percent of the vote.
In Calvert, 55 percent of voters rejected same-sex marriage, but in a historic outcome, 52 percent of the state’s voters approved marriage equality. That made Maryland the first state in the union to approve same-sex marriage at the ballot box.
Voters here also rejected the Dream Act, which will allow some young, undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition to attend Maryland colleges. It won easily statewide with 58 percent of the vote.
Calvert voters had something in common with the rest of the nation’s citizens. Farther down the ballot, past the president and the U.S. senator, voters elected to go with an incumbent.
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D) cruised to an easy re-election victory with 69 percent of the vote in the 5th District. In Hoyer’s home county of St. Mary’s, Hoyer took 53 percent against Del. Anthony O’Donnell (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s). That was a sharp reversal of fortune for Hoyer; two years ago, against Charles Lollar, Hoyer was held to about 42 percent of the vote in St. Mary’s. He also gained that ground back in Calvert, as he took nearly 50 percent of the vote this time, where he had only 45 percent in 2010.
Two new faces will join the Calvert County Board of Education. Joe Chenelly, a relative newcomer to Calvert County and to Calvert politics, took the seat in District 1, and will replace incumbent Bill Chambers at the end of his term. Chambers did not run for re-election. In District 3, Kelly McConkey unseated current Board of Education President Rose Crunkleton.
Incumbent board member Tracy McGuire took more than 99 percent of the vote in her mostly unopposed race in District 2. A write-in candidate decided to file about two weeks before the election. That was of absolutely no consequence.
A majority of the members of the Chesapeake Beach Town Council — Pat Mahoney, Stewart Cumbo, Valerie Beaudin and Bob Carpenter — will return to their seats. Only one, Julie Spano, was not re-elected. Ingrid Lamb had not sough re-election.
And so, in Calvert, in Congress and in the White House, for all the talk of anger and dissatisfaction with government, this election brings little change in the cast of characters.
This does not mean it was a vote for the status quo. What people want is for the government to get off the dime and start addressing problems that have been allowed to grow and fester because of gridlock in Washington.
Most urgent among these problems is sequestration — the “fiscal cliff’’ looming as tax cuts expire and deep across-the-board cuts in federal spending take effect in January unless Congress acts.
Sequestration is a real and serious threat to the economy of Southern Maryland, which is fueled by federal defense spending. Now that the election is over, Americans are depending on the same people who led us to the cliff to keep from pushing the country over the edge.
Calvert voters agree with the rest of the nation on this. The election is over. It is time for those elected to get to work.