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Rowe files as write-in candidate for District 4 commissioner

Jim Rowe's rally cry to Carroll County Commissioner District 4 residents voting in November's general election is to "bring back sanity!"

Rowe, of Union Bridge, filed as a write-in candidate with the Carroll County Board of Elections Tuesday. Rowe will face incumbent Richard Rothschild in the general election.

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Rothschild defeated Republican challengers Barbara Biller and Sean Shaffer in the June primary election and had been running unopposed in November's general election.

Rowe, a registered nurse, part-time teacher and owner of the Buttersburg Inn, said he switched from being a registered Democrat to a registered Republican so that he could support Biller. After she lost, Rowe said he decided to run as a write-in candidate.

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"My district has gotten nothing in four years except frivolous lawsuits and a frivolous waste of taxpayer dollars," Rowe said. "I'm tired of this craziness. I want to bring sanity back."

Rowe said his campaign platform includes fully funding public education, addressing senior citizen concerns, advocating community health, expanding local farming and promoting self-sufficiency.

As a write-in candidate,voters will have to write Rowe's name in when they cast their ballots.

Gail Carter, director of the Carroll County Board of Elections, has said that the chances of winning a race as a write-in are slim to none. She could not remember any write-in candidates ever winning office in Carroll during her 27-year-career in the county.

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Rowe said, however, he's up for the challenge.

"Let me tell you, I'm a pit bull," Rowe said. "When I bite you ... I don't let go."

Reach staff writer Christian Alexandersen at 410-857-7873 or christian.alexandersen@carrollcountytimes.com.

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