Valentine Edged Out in Allegany County Commissioner Race

Incumbent Commissioner Bill Valentine, a member of MACo’s Legislative Committee and Board, finishes fourth in Republican primary for three seats on the Allegany County Commission.  

Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine will not advance to the General Election for County Commissioner this fall. In an eight-way race, two incumbents, Commissioner Jake Shade and Commissioner Creade Brodie, Jr. will advance to the General Elections, along with City of Cumberland Council Member Dave Caporale. The preliminary vote counts reflect the following percentages of top vote-getters:

  • Brodie: 20.7%
  • Caporale: 23.2%
  • Shade: 21%
Commissioner William R. Valentine
Allegany County Commissioner Valentine. Photo Courtesy of Allegany Board of County Commissioners.

During his time in office, Commissioner Valentine has represented county governments on many statewide committees and commissions. His leadership of the MACo Education Subcommittee, along with Montgomery County Council Member Craig Rice, lead to many successful revisions of state education funding law in furtherance of county priorities.

As described in on the Allegany County Board of County Commissioners website,

Commissioner Valentine is a member of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Board of Directors and co-chairs MACo’s Education Subcommittee. He also serves on MACo’s Legislative Committee, and the Initiatives Subcommittee. Commissioner Valentine is one of 25 members of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education. This premier state commission was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 2016 and signed into law by Governor Hogan. Commissioner Valentine is on the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition Board of Directors. He is President of the Tri-County Council for Western Maryland, Inc. and serves on the State of Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Commissioner Valentine is associated with the Western Maryland Consortium (Allegany County One Stop Job Center) and is a member of The Greater Cumberland Committee. Commissioner Valentine was appointed by former Governor O’Malley to serve on the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission. Commissioner Valentine served the entire time this key group was in existence: from July, 2011 to the presentation of the final report in December, 2014.

For more information about the Commissioner’s work see these articles: