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There are only two candidates running for the District 4 seat on the Board of Carroll County Commissioners and both are Republicans, meaning the winner will be decided in the July 19 primary.
District 4 includes Woodbine and part of Mount Airy and is mostly located in the southwest part of the county. Republican Eric Bouchat has represented the district since 2018 and is not seeking reelection. Instead, he is a candidate in District 5 for the Maryland House of Delegates.
The two candidates to replace Bouchat on the Carroll County board are Michael R. Guerin of Mount Airy and Carl Keener of Woodbine.
Michael R. Guerin
Guerin, 53, works as a program manager and is a veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 191 in Mount Airy.
A graduate of South Carroll High School, Guerin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Public Policy at the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs.
Guerin was a candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates in 2002. He served on the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission from 2004 to 2008, and the Carroll County Republican Central Committee from 2006 to 2010.
“I am a lifelong Republican, proud conservative and veteran,” Guerin stated in an email. “I am running for District 4 commissioner because I am concerned about the future of our county.
“The next four years will be challenging ones,” he stated. “Strong leadership, and most importantly, a vision for where we want to take Carroll County will be critically important.
“For far too long we have been on what I call auto pilot, in terms of local government,” he stated. “The past several years have reminded us that local elections matter. And that when we stop paying attention to ... town council, school board and local government elections we are often left frustrated and disappointed in the results.”
Guerin said the failed liberal policies of surrounding counties should be a warning to Carroll.
“The leaders of these counties have forgotten that we the people know what is best for our roads, schools, neighborhoods and tax dollars,” he stated. “There is a reason so many people want to move to Carroll County. I’ll work to preserve it for our children, farmers, grandparents and communities.
“I will never forget that Carroll County must remain the place that families want to move to, not the place they want to move from,” he said.
Guerin’s latest campaign finance report, which covers June 8 to July 3, shows he raised $800, spent $1,506.66 and has a cash balance of $1,333.89.
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Keener, 57, has lived in Carroll County since 1980.
He is currently employed as a data consultant and has worked as a developer, analyst, system troubleshooter and project manager for more than 30 years.
Keener earned an associate degree in data processing and business administration from Carroll Community College, when the school was the Carroll County branch of Catonsville Community College.
Keener went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in information systems from University of Maryland, Baltimore campus, and a Master of Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary’s University.
He has no previous political experience, but stated in an email, that he knows how to work hard and stay focused on problems until they are resolved.
“I decided to run because I like to help people and I want to make sure our tax dollars are spent wisely,” he stated. “Overall, I am a simple, hardworking man, fiscally conservative and socially responsible.”
Keener filed an Affidavit of Limited Contributions and Expenditures on June 24 with the State Board of Elections, meaning that he did not intend to receive contributions or make expenditures in the cumulative amount of $1,000 or more, according to the affidavit.