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After the polls closed Tuesday evening, Calvert County voters elected to send Mike Hart on to face Emad Emil Dides in the General Election in November to vie for the District 1 commissioner seat. Hart defeated Republican challengers incumbent Gerald W. “Jerry” Clark and Joe Chenelly.

Hart, Clark and Chenelly received 2,127, 1,787 and 1,364 votes, respectively, with the results of 23 precincts reporting and early voting. Vote totals are not official and do not include absentee or provisional ballots, which will be counted at a later date.

In District 2, incumbent Commissioners’ President Pat Nutter (R) defeated newcomer Benjamin Krause to square off against former commissioner Democrat Mike Moore and Libertarian Peggy J. O’Donnell in the general election, garnering 3,640 votes to Krause’s 1,363.

Incumbent Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt (R) and his Democratic challenger Kelley McConkey, a current member of the board of education, both cruised to easy victories, as neither was opposed in the primary for District 3. They will square off in the general election in November.

In the remaining two at-large seats for county commissioner, Republicans decided to send incumbent Commissioners’ Vice President Steve Weems (R) and former assistant sheriff Tom Hejl to the general election, with 2,681 and 2,350 votes, respectively. Past commissioner Linda Kelley and newcomer David Gatton failed to make it through the primary, with 2,086 and 1,879 votes, respectively. The winners will face Democrats George Owings III, a former long-time state delegate; Joyce Stinnett Baki; and independent candidate Paul Harrison in the general election.

Board of Education

With about 23 percent of the vote, former Calvert County Board of Education member William J. “Bill” Phalen was the top vote-getter in the primary and will join Pamela Cousins, current board president Eugene “Gene” Karol and incumbent Dawn Balinski in the general election, defeating Billy Saunders. Since only two at-large seats are open on the board, two of these four will fall in the general election.

Full results for gubernatorial selections, congressional and Maryland General Assembly races will be available later this morning.