Heather DeWees wins contested Republican primary for clerk of Circuit Court

Heather DeWees wins contested Republican primary for clerk of Circuit Court
Ella Jones, 6, stands close to her mother Sarah Jones as she votes at Pleasant Valley Community Fire Department on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

After a close start, Heather DeWees came out ahead in the Republican primary for clerk of Circuit Court, netting 5,589 votes or 41 percent of the Republican vote as of 10:30 p.m. with 35 of 36 election day precincts reported. Uncontested Democratic candidate Terrie Connolly came away with 5,523 votes, 100 percent in her race.

“I’m elated,” DeWees said. “Overall, it was a very close race with some very solid candidates. Both of them ran very good races,” she said.


She “can’t wait” for the general election and will be looking forward to strategizing with other Republicans “to continue the Republican tradition in the county,” DeWees said.

“Unifying the party is very important now as we move into the general election,” she said.

She added that she felt blessed by the fellow candidates and Carroll voters who came out for her. “I really do thank all the people who supported me,” she said.

In the clerk of Circuit Court primaries, Republican voters had three to choose from in DeWees, Robin Bartlett Frazier and Missi Green. Green finished with 34.2 percent of the vote and Frazier had 25.6 percent.

As results rolled in, DeWees and Green were separated by only one vote at times.

DeWees is a secondary education teacher and coach. The Westminster resident is the wife of Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees.

Frazier is a former Carroll County commissioner. The Taneytown candidate is a small business owner and consultant. Her husband, Donald Frazier, is a Taneytown councilman.

Green is the senior supervisor of court operations for Carroll County Circuit Court and a Republican candidate. She resides in Union Bridge.

Connolly is the senior supervisor of court operations of the Criminal, Juvenile and Civil departments. She resides in Westminster.

There is no incumbent for this race. Current Clerk Donald B. Sealing II is seeking a seat on the Orphan’s Court.

The clerk files and processes records pertaining to civil, criminal and juvenile court cases in Carroll County’s Circuit Court. The clerk also maintains land records and issues marriage and business licenses.