Incumbent delegates secure 'Team Hogan' win in District 5 primary

Incumbent delegates secure 'Team Hogan' win in District 5 primary
First-time voter Benjamin Simmons votes at West Middle School/William Winchester Elementary School on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. He said, "I feel like I did my civic duty, so that is kind of cool" after being asked how does he feel after voting. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Registered voters in Maryland’s 5th Legislative District — most of Carroll County — went to the polls Tuesday, June 26, to vote in the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial primary election.

Republican voters had to choose between keeping incumbent Dels. Susan Krebs, Haven Shoemaker and April Rose — who were endorsed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and took to calling themselves a part of Team Hogan during the campaign — whole, or mix it up by replacing one of the three with challenger David Ellin, an attorney.


District 5 voters chose the incumbents. They chose Team Hogan.

Krebs garnered the most votes with 9,351, Shoemaker got 8,633 and Rose picked up 8,177 votes. Ellin secured 4,086 votes.

“I’m grateful to the people of Carroll County,” Shoemaker told the Times. The impending primary victory “demonstrates that the people here believe we worked well with Gov. Hogan and that we started ‘Changing Maryland for the Better.’”

Ellin told the Times that he knew going into the election it would be an uphill battle. He said he hoped the turnout would be greater. But he was proud of the work his team did for 14 months, running a clean campaign, Ellin said.

“It’s always tough when you’re running against incumbents,” especially when they are backed by the governor and an uncontested state senator, he said. “I liked the challenge.”

Ellin said he was unsure what’s next in regards to a political future, but that he’d be returning to his law practice full-time in the interim.

Emily Shank, an attorney, was the lone Democrat running for a District 5 seat in the House and will move on to face the Team Hogan incumbents in November’s general election. Shank earned 4,575 votes.

The primary race for District 5 state senator was less interesting with the Democratic and Republican candidates running uncontested campaigns.

Incumbent Republican Justin Ready, also endorsed by Hogan, secured 10,514 votes. Democrat Jamie O’Marr got 4,445. They will go head-to-head in the general election.

Voters across Carroll County shared their thoughts on what they’d like to see out of their representatives in the state legislature as they took to the polls Tuesday.

Margaret McMahon voted at South Carroll High School’s gymnasium. She said she wants Carroll County’s representation in Annapolis to be honest, have integrity and not to tweet.

And for most voters that meant sticking with the current delegation.

Sykesville resident Jason Moll voted at Carrolltowne Elementary School Tuesday afternoon. He said he was happy with the incumbent delegation and doesn’t see a need for change. Moll said he wants his senator and delegates to “keep taxes down.”