Commissioner candidates Wantz, Weaver, Rothstein big winners in Carroll primary

Commissioner candidates Wantz, Weaver, Rothstein big winners in Carroll primary
Voting judge Sandy Rowe, center, of Union Bridge gives an "I Voted" sticker to Sally Ensor after she cast her ballot at New Windsor Community Room on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

With no general election competition in November, incumbent Carroll County Commissioners Stephen Wantz and Richard Weaver, and Republican Ed Rothstein in District 5 were the big winners in Tuesday’s primary.

Rothstein finished ahead of three other Republicans in District 5, where Doug Howard has been commissioner for the past eight years. Rothstein garnered almost double the number of votes the second place candidate, Kathy Fuller, 1,190 to her 695.


“I really first and foremost would like to thank my team and my family for working hard with me on this journey since we decided to do this from mid-November to today,” Rothstein said after the polls closed and the tallies came in. “I could not have done it without any of them, so it really was a team victory.

Dennis Frazier, the incumbent Republican in District 3, narrowly edged challenger Tom Gordon by 59 votes. Pending the counting of provisional and absentee ballots, Frazier will face Democrat Maria Warburton, who won the Democratic primary in District 3.

Republican candidate Christopher “Eric” Bouchat received the highest number of votes in the District 4 field. His general election opponent, Democrat Paul Johnson, ran unopposed.

District 1

Wantz — a retired Baltimore County firefighter and current Pleasant Valley fire company volunteer — beat his Republican challenger Katherine Adelaide, a Taneytown land use consultant and citizen activist, for the District 1 county commissioner seat, 2,423 to 939.

“I’m just, I’m overwhelmed by the amount of support that I saw today when I was out and about,” said Wantz Tuesday night when the count came in.

“And you know, I’m very proud of the fact that the folks that I represent feel that I deserve another four years,” he said. “This seat belongs to the voters, it doesn’t belong to me, so I’m honored to be back in that seat to work for them.”

At the polls Tuesday afternoon, Adelaide said she knew she was underdog, but that she believes no one should run for office unopposed.

“You have to appreciate what we have in America,” said Adelaide. “We live in a free country still and this process is so important.”

District 2

Weaver, a former teacher and farmer, ran unopposed and notched 2,674 votes.

Hampstead resident Adora Allen said she was proud to perform her civic duty at Shiloh Middle School Tuesday, voting for Weaver, even though he was the only name on the ballot.

“He would be our choice even if we had other choices,” she said.

District 3

Frazier, a former teacher and wrestling coach, beat his challenger, Gordon, an antique and collectibles consultant from Westminster, by 59 votes — garnering 1,263 to Gordon’s 1,204.

“I'm glad I won,” said Frazier once the count came in.


“That’s good, but it should not have been that close in my opinion,” said Frazier. “I think [Gordon] ran a very negative campaign — but the fact is it’s a very, very low voter turnout for Carroll County, and when it’s that low anything can happen. I’m glad I won, but I think it’s a lot closer than I thought it was going to be.”

However, absentee and provisional ballots have yet be counted. Election officials said there were 270 provisional ballots filed in Carroll between election day and early voting.

The first round of absentee ballots will be counted Thursday, June 28. The provisional ballot canvas is Thursday, July 5, and the second and final absentee ballot canvas is Friday, July 6.

Gordon did not return calls seeking comment as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.

On the Democratic side, Warburton, an environmental regulatory engineer, won more votes than Doug Mathias, a retired government employee and businessman, 1,004 to 610.

“I think people were well-prepared and had done their research,” Warburton said after the numbers came in. “I’m glad people came out as educated voters and I'm appreciative of the strong support I got.

“I’m just looking forward to keeping the fight going towards the general [election],” she said, “and hope people vote for the person and experience over the party.”

District 4

Bouchat, a business man and multitime candidate from Woodbine won the Republican primary in District 4 with 1,131 votes Tuesday.

The other Republican candidates: Paul Burkett, a retired dentist from Mount Airy; Bret Grossnickle, a former Union Bridge mayor and councilman and current member of the town’s planning commission; and Sean Shaffer, an electronics engineer; earned 885, 412 and 138 votes respectively.

“I’d like to thank all the supporters that came out and backed me and voted for me, and all my fellow candidates in this district,” Bouchat said after votes were counted on election night. “We all ran a real honest campaign on the issues with no personal attacks. We set a real example.

“I think [we] will continue the same way in the general election, he said. “This is my third time running and I'm just very grateful to the voters and candidates. They were all very gracious.”

Bouchat will now face Democrat Paul Johnson, a software engineer from Mount Airy, who ran unopposed in the primary.

District 5

Rothstein, a retired Army colonel and former commander of Fort Meade, won the most votes in District 5’s four-way Republican primary with 1,190.

His opponents Fuller, a former county commissioners aide; Frank Robert, a former Sykesville council president; and David Greenwalt, editor and publisher of the Northern News; received 695, 608 and 130, respectively.

“You know,” Rothstein said, “I feel like we showed a very strong ground game by going to over 2,000 doors and doing the best we can in the community, and I think it paid off. And honestly, I’m very honored and humbled by the results. … Like I said from Day 1: I believe I want to be a leader, continuing to serve. And now I will — hopefully after November — have the opportunity to serve our community and our county.

“So that’s where my head is right now,” Rothstein said. “I feel really good. And I think it’s because of the hard work that my team and my family put into this by my side. I would also like to show a thanks and appreciation to those that also ran against me in this race. We kept this race extremely well-run across the board with all four competitors, and I do applaud them for putting themselves out there to run a hard race as well. And they did it very selflessly, and it showed.”