Western Maryland, composed of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties, sees some changes coming to county leadership in light of early General Election results.
Allegany County (three commissioners, elected at-large)
- Incumbents Creade Brodie and Dave Caporale appear set to win re-election of their at-large commissioner seats.
- Republican Bill Atkinson is set to replace current Commissioner Jake Shade, who lost his primary for a State Senate seat.
Garrett County (three commissioners, elected by district)
- Garrett District 3 Commissioner and MACo Board Member Jim Hinebaugh to represent District 1A in the Maryland House of Delegates. Hinebaugh has earned 83.04 percent of the vote according to unofficial early voting and election day results.
- Replacing Hinebaugh as the District 3 Commissioner appears to be Republican Ryan Savage who has so far won over 83 percent of the vote compared to Democratic candidate Erin-Ruth Oxford de Natividad’s 13.2 percent.
Washington County (five commissioners, elected at-large)
- Current Commissioner Terry Baker is set to takeover the State House of Delegates District 1c seat with 76.67 percent of the vote.
- Baker replaces current Delegate Mike McKay, who left his House seat to run for — and seemingly win — the State Senate seat for District 1.
- Incumbent Commissioners Jeffrey A. Cline, Wayne Keefer, and Randall Wagner appear to have won re-election of their seats, based on early returns.
- New to county government appear to be John F. Barr and Derek Harvey for the remaining fourth and fifth at-large commissioner seats. Barr, a former MACo President, had previously served as a Commissioner from 2006-2018, and currently leads all vote-getters, which has historically determined the Commissioners’ leadership for the term.
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. MACo advises readers that any close unofficial results are subject to realignment in the days ahead.