State Secretaries Hance, Hutchins Advancing In Calvert Commissioner Race

Two familiar Annapolis figures have advanced in contested primary contests for Calvert County Commissioner – former Agriculture Secretary Earl “Buddy” Hance, and former Delegate and current State Homeland Security Advisor Thomas “Tim” Hutchins. These two will advance to the general election as Republicans, joining incumbent Steve Weems, Mike Hart, and newcomer Kelly McConkey.

Current Commissioner and MACo Board member Evan Slaugenhoupt, Jr. did not seek election to a third term. Incumbent Commissioner Tom Hejl was defeated in the at large primary by Hance.

For the last two terms, Calvert has elected all five Republican nominees.

Tim Hutchins served as a State Delegate from District 28 (Charles County) from 1995 to 2003, after which he joined the Ehrlich Administration. Across the two most recent Republican administrations, he has served in numerous cabinet-level capacities: Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, Secretary of State Police, and currently as Governor Hogan’s Homeland Security Advisor.

Earl “Buddy” Hance served as Secretary of Agriculture from 2009 to 2015 under Governor O’Malley. During the same time, he served on the University of Maryland Board of Regents, and in his Secretary capacity as a leader or member of numerous state-level administrative and governance bodies.

See the Calvert County results from the State Board of Elections website.

MACo’s election coverage and analysis relies, as always, on unofficial results published by the State Board of Elections. Official results will follow, after a full accounting of pending ballots. Given the larger-than-usual expected number of provisional ballots (which would not be included in the unofficial vote total), readers are advised that any close unofficial results are subject to realignment in the days ahead.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties