Incumbent Zimmerman rolls in register of wills race; Orphan's Court candidates move on

Community members and candidates talk about te 2018 primary election.

Paul Zimmerman is all but assured another term as register of wills after rolling to a lopsided win in Carroll County’s Republican primary election on Tuesday, picking up 78.2 percent of the votes.

Meanwhile, all six Orphans Court judge candidates moved through the primaries to the general election.


Both candidates for register of wills — Tina Mawhinney and Zimmerman — are registered Republicans. There were no Democratic candidates, and Zimmerman will likely retain the seat following the general election.

Mawhinney, of Westminster, is the former owner and operator of Tina’s Deli.

Zimmerman, also of Westminster, has been register of wills for the past 16 years.

He received 9,970 votes to Mawhinney’s 2,780.

Three Republican and three Democratic candidates are running for judge of the Orphan’s Court. Three candidates are permitted to move on in each primary, so all six may potentially vie for the three seats on the bench in the general election.

Republicans Margaret “Peggy” Bair, Charles M. Coles Jr. and Donald Sealing II round out the Republican ballot, while Charles E. Harrison, Frank Henry Rammes and Anita Riley appear as the Democratic candidates.

Bair and Coles are the incumbent judges for the Probate Court, which oversees the settlement of estates and wills.