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Several Carroll County incumbents file for reelection

With the 2022 election cycle approaching, several incumbents in Carroll County have already filed for reelection.

Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees is one of them.

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“I filed on the first day that candidates were allowed (on Feb. 23) to make sure county citizens know I was serious about continuing as sheriff,” he said. “I’ve worked hard through unprecedented times to lead an agency that meets the needs of all those that live in and visit Carroll County.”

Jim DeWees, a Republican, took over the agency in 2014 and is in his second term. In the 2018 election, he ran unopposed, garnering 98% of the vote.

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“I’m proud of our accomplishments but we still have more work to do,” he said.

Heather DeWees, current clerk of the circuit court and Jim DeWees’ wife, also filed for reelection in February. She said she is seeking a second term because she has “enjoyed serving the citizens of Carroll County.”

Heather DeWees
Heather DeWees

During her time in the position, she said she has made the clerk’s office more accessible to the public by “tremendously improving” its website, adding a drop-box for circuit court filings in front of the courthouse and making “a lot of security improvements.”

She said she also worked to educate the community about what the clerk’s office can do for them. During the COVID-19 pandemic when the courts were closed, she performed a number of marriages and did what needed to be done to keep official court business going.

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Heather DeWees, also a Republican, ran against Democratic candidate Terrie Connolly in 2018 and secured victory with 65.9% of votes.

Board of Education member Tara Battaglia filed for reelection in the beginning of July.

She first joined the board in 2018, serving one term so far. The terms for board members Ken Kiler, the body’s vice president, and Patricia Dorsey will also end in 2022, however, Battaglia is the only sitting school board member to file for reelection so far.

Carroll County Board of Education candidate Tara Battaglia takes a question in Wednesday's 2018 Carroll County Board of Education Candidates Forum in Westminster Oct. 24, 2018.
Carroll County Board of Education candidate Tara Battaglia takes a question in Wednesday's 2018 Carroll County Board of Education Candidates Forum in Westminster Oct. 24, 2018. (Dylan Slagle)

Other county candidates who filed so far are David Reese Sr. for the county commissioner District 2 seat and State Del. Haven Shoemaker and David Ellin for state’s attorney.

The primary election in Maryland will be June 28, 2022, and the general election on Nov. 8, 2022. Prospective candidates for county office have until Feb. 2022 to file for the primary election.

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