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Commissioners race hosts most combatants


Staff writer

With the deadline to file as a candidate in the 2014 gubernatorial election passed, it’s time to look ahead at what’s to come and who the candidates are.

The days leading up to the Tuesday, Feb. 25, deadline were filled with new candidates filing, particularly in the race for the five county commissioner seats.

Recently, there has been a surge of candidates filing for the lone District 1 seat, currently held by Gerald W. “Jerry” Clark (R), who will battle Republicans Joe Chenelly and Mike Hart in the June 24 primary and potentially face one of two Democrats — Emad Emile Dides or Cliff Savoy — in the Nov. 4 general election.

District 2 candidates include incumbent Pat Nutter (R), who is vying for his second term on the board against Benjamin Lee Krause (R), who, on the last day to file, withdrew himself as an at-large candidate and filed for his district. Michael J. Moore is the lone Democrat filed for the District 2 seat. Peggy J. O’Donnell is seeking the nomination from the Libertarian party for the general election.

District 3 seems to be the quietest race with incumbent Evan Slaughenhoupt (R) and Board of Education Vice President Kelly McConkey (D) running against each other in the general election for the seat.

Eight residents, including four Democrats and Republicans each, have filed candidacy for the two at-large county commissioner seats. Several of the candidates have filed in the past few days, including Joyce Stinnett Baki (D), George W. Owings III (D), Nance Pretto Simmons (D), Linda L. Kelley (R), incumbent Steve Weems (R) and general election only candidate Paul Harrison, who is running as an independent. Other at-large candidates include Republicans David Gatton and Tom Hejl.

Two Republicans and two Democrats will be on the ballot for the general election for the two at-large county commissioner seats, following the primary election in June.

Several candidates are also vying for the Calvert County Board of Education’s two at-large seats that are up for grabs this election. Incumbents Dawn C. Balinski and Eugene “Gene” Karol are running against former board member William J. “Bill” Phalen and newcomers Pamela L. Cousins and Billy Saunders.

Candidates for the Calvert County Sheriff’s race won’t battle it out until the general election, when incumbent Mike Evans (R) will face Craig Kontra (D) and unaffiliated candidate Vonzell Ward, who previously has served as sheriff.

Several incumbent candidates are running unopposed for their offices, including State’s Attorney Laura L. Martin (R), Clerk of the Circuit Court Kathy P. Smith (D), and Treasurer Nova Tracy-Soper (R).

Register of Wills incumbent Margaret H. Phipps (D) is running for her 10th term and will face Republican Mark S. Lynch in November’s election.

The race for the Judges of the Orphans’ Court is moot since three candidates – incumbents Thomas Michael Pelagatti (D) and Leslie Downs (R) and newcomer Theodore Philip LeBlanc (R) – have filed for the three open seats.

When it comes to the Maryland General Assembly candidates that represent Calvert, several incumbents have filed for their seats again, including Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. (D) for District 27, Roy P. Dyson (D) for District 29, James E. Proctor Jr. (D) for District 27A, Mark N. Fisher (R) for District 27C and Anthony J. O’Donnell (R) for District 29C. None run unopposed.

Jesse A. Peed (R) will be running against Miller in the general election, as is Sue Kullen (D) running against Fisher, Len Zuza (D) against O’Donnell and Joe Crawford (R) against Proctor.

Dyson’s opponent will be determined in the primary election when three Republicans — Larry Jarboe, Cindy Jones and Steve Waugh — battle it out.

The race between party candidates might be tight in Calvert this election season with the total number of registered Republican and Democratic voters being within about 99 registered voters of each other, according to certified 2012 general election results. Of the total 58,864 registered voters in the county as of the 2012 election, 23,448 are registered Republicans, and 23,349 are registered Democrats. Voters who are registered as unaffiliated or with another party account for 12,067 of the county’s registered voters as of 2012.

Registering to vote

Applicants may call the Calvert County Board of Election office at 410-535-2214 or 301-855-1376 to request a Voter Registration Application or visit the office in the lower level of the Community Resources Building, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick, to complete one in person. They also may obtain an application from any post office in the county, the Social Services office or the MVA. Persons with a valid Maryland Driver’s License may register online at Applications must be received three weeks before each election.

Governor/ Lt. Governor


Anthony G. Brown, Ken Ulman

Doug Gansler, Jolene Ivey

Ralph Jaffe, Freda Jaffe

Heather Mizeur, Delman Coates

Charles U. Smith, Clarence Tucker

Cindy A. Walsh, Mary Elizbeth Wingate-Pinnacchia


David R. Craig, Jeannie Haddaway

Ron George, Shelley Aloi

Larry Hogan, Boyd Rutherford

Charles Lollar, Ken Timmerman

Brian Charles Vaeth, Duane Gerald Davis


*Shawn Quinn, Lorenzo Gaztanaga

Maryland General Assembly candidates

Senate District 27

+Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. (D)

Jesse A. Peed (R)

Senate District 29

+Roy P. Dyson (D)

Larry Jarboe (R)

Cindy Jones (R)

Steve Waugh (R)

House District 27A

+James E. Proctor Jr. (D)

Joe Crawford (R)

House District 27C

Sue Kullen (D)

+Mark N. Fisher (R)

House District 29C

+Anthony J. O’Donnell (R)

Len Zuza (D)

Board of Education at-large candidates

+Dawn C. Balinski

Pamela L. Cousins

+Eugene “Gene” Karol

William J. “Bill” Phalen

Billy Saunders


Craig W. Kontra (D)

+Mike Evans (R)

•Vonzell Ward (Unaffiliated)

State’s Attorney

+Laura L. Martin (R)

Clerk of the Circuit Court

+Kathy P. Smith (D)


+Nova Tracy-Soper (R)

Register of Wills

+Margaret H. Phipps (D)

Mark S. Lynch (R)

Judge of the Orphans’ Court

+Thomas Michael Pelagatti (D)

+Leslie Downs (R)

Theodore Philip LeBlanc (R)

County Commissioner Candidates

District 1

Emad Emile Dides (D)

Cliff Savoy (D)

Joe Chenelly (R)

+Gerald W. “Jerry” Clark (R)

Mike Hart (R)

District 2

Michael J. Moore (D)

Benjamin Lee Krause (R)

+Pat Nutter (R)

•Peggy J. O’Donnell (Libertarian)

District 3

Kelly McConkey (D)

+Evan K. Slaughenhoupt (R)


Joyce Stinnett Baki (D)

George W. Owings III (D)

Nance Pretto Simmons (D)

David Gatton (R)

Tom Hejl (R)

Linda L. Kelley (R)

+Steve Weems (R)

•Paul Harrison (Independent)

+Indicates incumbents

•Indicates general election only candidates

2014 election calendar

Tuesday, June 3: Deadline to register to vote or change party affiliation for the primary election

Thursday, June 12, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Early voting for the primary election begins

Thursday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Early voting for the primary election ends

Tuesday, June 24, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Primary election

Saturday, Sept. 20: Deadline for the local election boards to distribute absentee ballots to certain voters

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 9 p.m.: Deadline to register to vote for the general election

Thursday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Early voting for the general election begins

Tuesday, Oct. 28: Deadline for a registered voter to request a mailed or faxed absentee ballot

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 5 p.m.: Deadline for write-in candidates to file a Certificate of Candidacy

Thursday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Early voting for the general election ends

Friday, Oct. 31: Deadline for a registered voter to request an electronic absentee ballot

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Gubernatorial general election day

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 8 p.m.: Deadline for the local boards to receive an absentee ballot

Friday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.: Extended deadline for the local boards to receive an absentee ballot by mail

Friday, Nov. 14: Deadline for local election boards to certify the results of the general election