Carroll County voters choose incumbent Republicans for Maryland General Assembly

Pictured with Carroll Community College students in Annapolis on Student Advocacy Day in Annapolis, Dels. April Rose, Haven Shoemaker and Susan Krebs (top row, left to right) and Sen. Justin Ready, far right, won re-election Tuesday.
Pictured with Carroll Community College students in Annapolis on Student Advocacy Day in Annapolis, Dels. April Rose, Haven Shoemaker and Susan Krebs (top row, left to right) and Sen. Justin Ready, far right, won re-election Tuesday. (Joshua McKerrow, staff / Carroll County Times)

Voters resoundingly elected incumbent Republican lawmakers in the three legislative districts that touch Carroll County, with the exception of the state Senate in District 9, where the race was a dead heat with provisional and absentee ballots still to be counted.

In District 5, Republican Sen. Justin Ready, and Delegates Susan Krebs, Haven Shoemaker and April Rose labeled themselves “Team Hogan,” parading endorsements from popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.


Ready earned more than 70 percent of the Senate votes, while Krebs paced the incumbent Delegates, earning 31 percent. Rose and Shoemaker secured almost 27 percent each.

Susan Krebs
Susan Krebs (Submitted art)

“We look forward to continuing to work with Gov. Hogan been a real advocate for rural counties,” Krebs told the Times after emerging victorious.


The Carroll County Delegation “is very in tune with our community,” Krebs said. “We don’t just show up at election time.”

The Hogan-endorsed incumbents turned back challenges from Democrats Jaime O’Marr for senator and Emily Shank for delegate.

Many touted the Republican governor influencing their vote at the polls Tuesday.

“I know a lot of people vote to change things,” said 20-year-old Emily Peck, of Mount Airy. “But for me, I’m voting to keep things the same.”


A college student in Baltimore County, Peck said she’s seen people get fired up by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous. As a Hogan supporter, Peck said she worries Hogan voters might become complacent because of the governor’s popularity, she said. That’s what compelled her to take to the polls.

Democrats Emily Shank and Jaime O'Marr are running to represent Maryland's 5th Legislative District in the state House of Delegates and Senate. Republican incumbent Sen. Justin Ready is seeking reelection. The candidates discussed state and local issues at a Community Media Center candidate forum.

The three District 5 incumbent delegates cited tax relief as a top priority in campaign questionnaire submitted to the Times.

“[I] will continue to work with Gov. Hogan to ensure that Maryland taxpayers are protected from potential State and local tax increases inadvertently resulting from the Federal Tax Overhaul,” Krebs wrote.

Rose and Shoemaker differed from Krebs in electing to highlight their support of the Second Amendment in their questionnaire responses.

Haven Shoemaker
Haven Shoemaker (Submitted art)

“Presently, there’s a concerted effort to trample on law-abiding folks’ constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms,” Shoemaker wrote. “I have been an outspoken defender of our citizens’ rights in this regard.”

Rose chose to highlight her legislative record as it relates to gun rights.

April Rose
April Rose (Submitted art)

“I have sponsored and co-sponsored over 25 pieces of pro Second Amendment legislation during my time in office,” she wrote.

Shank ran unopposed on the Democratic side. She earned roughly half the amount of votes garnered by Krebs in the June primary.

The civil litigation lawyer and activist cited health care and education among her top three priorities in the Times questionnaire.

“We need to ensure that every Marylander has access to affordable health care coverage,” Shank wrote. “We must address our failing healthcare system. The options in Maryland are thin, and costs continue to skyrocket.”

She pointed to potential changes to school funding resulting from the findings of the Kirwan Commission — a panel dedicated to changing how Maryland funds its public schools —and a casino revenue school fund lock-box.

“There will be the opportunity to bring home more school funds to Carroll County, to allow our schools to fulfill their promise — but only if we have leadership ready and willing to fight for (them),” she wrote.

Over in Maryland’s 4th Legislative District, which touches part of southwestern Carroll County while encompassing mostly Frederick County, incumbent Republican Sen. Michael Hough cruised to victory over Democrat Jessica Douglass with more than 65 percent of the vote in the general election.

Voters in District 4 went all Republican in the House of Delegates race, with incumbent Barrie Ciliberti, along with Dan Cox and Jesse Pippy winning comfortably over their three Democratic opponents.

In Maryland’s 9th Legislative District, which covers Howard County and also includes a sliver of southern Carroll County, the race for state Senate was narrowly in favor of Democrat Katie Fry Hester, with 50.1 percent of the vote to Republican incumbent Gail Bates’ 49.8 percent. That race will likely be decided by provisional and absentee ballots. Bates was the overwhelming favorite in Carroll, garnering more than 3,000 votes more than her opponent.

Incumbent Republican Dels. Warren E. Miller and Trent Kittleman, who were unopposed in the primary, were the top vote-getters for the House of Delegates District 9A, holding off Democratic challengers Natalie Ziegler and Steven Bolen.

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