The Garrett County Election Board announced Thursday that Republican candidate Bob Gatto won a write-in campaign to serve on the County Board of Commissioners. Gatto succeeds the late Dennis Glotfelty for District 3 Commissioner. The Washington Examiner reports
Glotfelty was a Republican whose name remained on the ballot despite his death. Local GOP officials initially urged people to vote for Glotfelty so the party could nominate his successor after the election.
The party later endorsed write-in candidate Gatto, the runner-up in the GOP primary. Glotfelty’s family says that was what Glotfelty wanted.
Gatto got more than 4,000 votes, Democrat Bill Welch got about 2,600 and Glotfelty got nearly 1,800.