Close County Primaries: Here’s What We’re Watching

With the ballot-counting on a peculiarly extended timetable, a number of close primary races won't be fully called until all the ballot counting has completed. That may take days, or even weeks. Here are the close county races that will need some time. The results are posted on the website of the Maryland State Board of Elections, where each county is listed as potentially having two waves of mail-in ballots. Results below are as of…

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Giordano and Davis Advance from Wicomico Executive Primaries

Republican Julie Giordano and Democrat Ernie Davis will square off as the major party nominees for Wicomico County Executive. Julie Giordano has emerged from a contested primary with sitting Acting County Executive John Psota, holding more than 53 percent of the votes cast and tabulated through election day. Psota had served in the role for part of this term, having been appointed to the acting role following the death of former County Executive Bob Culver.…

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Changes Ahead for MACo Leadership, Following Primary Outcomes

The 2022 primary elections will, as is often the case, drive change in the leadership of MACo - here are the effects on current association officers and board members. MACo's elected leadership, including a slate of officers who guide the operations of the association, will be affected by the results of this week's primary elections. Here are the outcomes for all the current officers. (Friday updates have been added, where the additional returns are meaningful)…

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Two Close Cecil Council Races Will Require Full Count

Two of the three Cecil County Council races being contested in 2022 are close enough to require the full count to ascertain a clear winner - incumbents Bill Coutz and Al Miller both trail narrowly on their races. Cecil County, unique in Maryland for its staggered terms across each even-year election, had three of its five council seats up for election in 2022. Of the three, two of the seats have very close Republican primaries,…

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Carroll Delegate Race May Promote County Commissioner Bouchat

County Commissioner Eric Bouchat holds a slight lead for the final seat in a multi-way primary for District 5 seats in the House of Delegates. A multi-way primary for the three House of Delegates seats in District 5, including most of Carroll County, includes one incumbent and three sitting Carroll County commissioners. As of Wednesday morning, the tallied vote counts show incumbent Delegate April Rose with over 22 percent and Chris Tomlinson with over 18…

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Large Counties’ Next ARPA Reporting is July 31: Here’s the Bottom Line

Larger counties need to report to the federal government by July 31 on their latest efforts with funds made available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) - NACo has assembled guidance for counties to stay in compliance. The following materials were assembled by the National Association of Counties (NACo), who have been tirelessly working to guide and assist counties with all facets of federal fund deployment. = = = = = Here is guidance…

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LGIT Seeking Candidates for Executive Director

The Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) seeks qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Maryland Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) Hanover, MD The Local Government Insurance trust (LGIT) seeks qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director. LGIT was founded in 1987 and serves 164 local government units and 23 sponsored entities. LGIT operates three pools of coverage with a combined net position of over $60 million. Since its founding, LGIT has…

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Free “Water Sector” Webinar: Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Change Impacts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Creating Resilient Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative is continuing its series of free webinars. Webinars are on topics like drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater (water sector) utility owners and operators, as well as other water sector stakeholders in the Mid-Atlantic region. The EPA’s webinar training series, titled “Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Change Impacts for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities,” continues with four webinars on July 19, 21, and 26 and…

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Maryland, Virginia Rein In Crab Harvesting

Citing a worrisome crab population drop in the Bay, Maryland and Virginia officials have instituted new catch limits on crabs for both commercial and recreational harvesters. The drop in the Chesapeake Bay's signature crustacean, the blue crab, has triggered new catch limits. From coverage on the Bay Journal website: In Maryland, tighter restrictions on both commercial and recreational crabbing take effect July 1, with watermen facing first-ever limits on the number of male crabs they…

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Summer #MACoCon Book Club Selection Asks You To “Think Again”

MACo’s “good government” Book Club will renew in August – with a provocative book called Think Again. Join us for the conference and this discussion, with a free advance copy of the book. At the MACo Summer Conference, county officials and other guests can join a discussion on a book affecting public service and best practices as officials, employees, and colleagues. The selection for August is Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't…

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