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No surprises as Carroll County Board of Elections releases final primary election results

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With mail-in, early voting and in-person ballots counted, the Carroll County Board of Elections released the final tallies in the July 19 primary election late Friday afternoon.

With the final votes counted, the result in the county’s hottest race — Carroll County State’s Attorney — did not change. Republican Haven Shoemaker earned a total of 11,530 votes (57.29%), to defeat David Ellin, who got 8,596 votes, (42.71%).


There was no Democratic primary, so Shoemaker will become the next county state’s attorney after the Nov. 8 general election.

The results for the five-member Carroll Board of County Commissioners also have been released.


With the exception of District 3, which includes the only Democratic candidate for commissioner, Zach Hands, the other races were decided in the primary because only Republicans where on the ballot.

This means Republican Joe Vigliotti, 36, mayor pro tem of the Taneytown City Council, won District 1, with 1,917 votes (47.38%). District 1 includes Taneytown and New Windsor and encompasses most of the northwest section of the county. He was followed by Ray Fava with 1,087 votes (26.78%), Thomas E. Irwin Jr., with 696 (17.20%), Sean Shaffer, with 196 (4.84%), and Jesse A. Gibson, with 150 (3.71%).

Representing District 2 on the board will be Republican Kenneth A. Kiler, 71, a member of the Carroll County Board of Education, who won with 2,728 votes (59.25%). He defeated Republican Dave Reese Sr., who had 1,876 votes (40.75%). District 2 encompasses most of the northeast section of the county, including Manchester and Hampstead.

In District 3, which is centrally located and includes the City of Westminster, Republican Tom Gordon, 46, who works in antiques and collectibles, won with 1,710 votes (53.09%), beating , Marsha B. Herbert, who had 1,511 votes (46.91%).

Gordon will face Hands, 28, a legislative and government affairs consultant, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, in the general election.

Representing District 4, which includes Woodbine and part of Mount Airy, will be Republican Michael R. Guerin, 53, a program manager, who won with 2,982 votes (82.40%). His primary challenger, Carl Keener, was a distant second with 637 votes (17.60%).

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In District 5, Carroll County Commissioner Ed Rothstein, a Republican, who had already declared victory, maintained his lead and won with 2,175 votes (56.82%). Kate M. Maerten followed with 1,115 votes (29.13%), and Cathey Allison, earned 538 votes (14.05%).

District 5 is in the southeast portion of the county, and includes Eldersburg and Sykesville.


The final results for the nonpartisan Carroll County Board of Education race also were announced. Three seats on Carroll’s school board are at stake and the top six candidates will advance to the general election in November.

Incumbent Patricia Ann Dorsey is the top vote-getter with 17,220 votes (18.30%), followed by Tom Scanlan with 15,318 (16.28%), Amanda Jozkowski, with 15,024 (15.97%), Steve Whisler, with 14,809 (15.74%), incumbent Tara Battaglia, with 14,402 (15.31%) and James Miller, with 12,269 (13.04%)

Katie Speert, with 3,230 votes (3.43%) and Pat Sands, with 1,820 (1.93%) will not advance to the fall content

Overall, 36,718 of the 127,032 registered voters in Carroll County cast ballots in the primary, according to the election board. Of the 63,517 registered Republicans, 21,573 cast ballots. Of the 33,407 registered Democrats, 12,130 cast ballots, and of the 30,108 unaffiliated voters, 3,015 cast ballots.