Board of Carroll County Commissioners Sees Major Overhaul

Several members of the Board of Carroll County Commissioners did not seek re-election, leading to four new members of the body.

Commissioner Ed Rothstein (District 5) is the only incumbent to have sought re-election and won his primary with 54.71 percent of the early and election day vote. No Democrat filed to challenge Commissioner Rothstein.

Incumbent County Commissioners Stephen Wantz (District 1), Dennis Frazier (District 3), and Eric Bouchat (District 4) sought higher office and are amidst a tight primary for State Delegate. Commissioner C. Richard Weaver (District 2) did not seek re-election.

In District 1, Joe Vigliotti appears poised to win the Republican nomination and the seat, with 46.22 percent of the vote and no Democratic challenger. In District 2, Kenneth A. Kiler is the presumptive winner with 60.27 percent of the vote and also with no Democratic challenger. In District 3, Republicans Tom Gordon (52.67 percent) and Marsha B. Herbert (47.33 percent) are locked in a close contest, and the winner will face Democrat Zach Hands, who was unopposed in his primary. In District 4, Michael R. Guerin appears set for the Republican nomination with 83.21% and no Democratic challenger.

Carroll County results are available on the State Board of Elections website.

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Please note that vote counts are incomplete. Election officials still have to count mail-in and provisional ballots. For context, more than 500,000 Marylanders requested a mail-in ballot for this year’s primary, and those remaining votes are likely to be material to many contested races. However, local boards of elections cannot begin to canvass mail-in votes until Thursday, July 21. Therefore, for editorial purposes, MACo coverage will describe any races where the top runner-up remains within 10 percent of the apparent winner(s) as “pending” and those results as “apparent.”

MACo’s election coverage and analysis rely on unofficial results published by the State Board of Elections. Official results will follow after a full accounting of pending votes. Given delays in processing an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots, MACo advises readers that any close unofficial results are subject to realignment in the days ahead.