No question the citizens of Carroll County have issues with their elected officials from time to time. Discontent shows up occasionally in public meetings and quite frequently on social media, ramping up during political campaigns. By and large, however, if we learned one thing from the four municipal elections held Tuesday night it’s that Carroll countians are pretty satisfied with those who represent them.

Incumbents were retained at a 100% clip in the Hampstead, New Windsor, Union Bridge and Westminster elections, with the two sitting mayors easily winning re-election and all seven current council members also holding onto their seats. Several of the issues that created significant debate, in some cases dividing communities, didn’t seem to be much of a factor when people went to the polls.


For example, in Hampstead, the proposed Hampstead Overlook development has engendered passionate arguments against it. And the Main Street revitalization process clearly inconveniences commuters and business-owners. But far from holding any of that against the town’s elected officials, the voters instead sent a message that they are happy with where things are going.

Hampstead Mayor Chris Nevin wound up with 410 votes to 179 for his challenger, newcomer Zach Tomlin. That’s about 70 percent of those who turned out to vote saying they were satisfied. More than that, it’s a mandate for Nevin as well as incumbent councilmen Jim Roark and Dave Unglesbee, who received 392 and 390 votes respectively while the other three council candidates combined earned 332.

“It was gratifying to see that with Jim and Dave we were all close in vote total, so the people recognized the team and the work we’re doing,” Nevin told us. “They liked the direction we’re headed in.” Added Roark: “I’m just very encouraged that the people … believe in what we’re doing and we have their support.”

It’s hard to argue with any of that. Or the fact that Union Bridge is similarly satisfied with its top elected officials.

Mayor Perry Jones won with 76 votes, solidly ahead of challenger Bret Grossnickle, who finished with 44 votes. Meanwhile, councilmen Donald Wilson and Edgar Wentz also easily won re-election. Wilson finished with 79 votes, and Wentz had 78. Their two challengers, combined, picked up 73. Considering Jones earned a fifth term as mayor and that Wentz has already served three terms on the council yet he’s only half as tenured as Wilson, Union Bridge voters clearly wanted to stay the course. “I’m very humbled that the good people chose to elect me again for another four years,” Jones told us.

Neither New Windsor nor Westminster had mayoral races. Between them, they had three incumbent council members running for re-election. In New Windsor, David Hoffman and Kimberlee Schultz both earned another term in a five-person race for three seats, the third of which went to newcomer Terry Green.

In Westminster, there appeared to be no backlash whatsoever to the Monday night passing of an ordinance making the city just the third municipality in Maryland to ban single-use plastic bags. Greg Pecoraro, the lone incumbent running and the co-sponsor of the bag ban, had no problem retaining his seat on the Common Council, finishing second in the voting to former councilman and Mayor Kevin Dayhoff. Ann Thomas Gilbert also won her way onto the council in a six-way race. They, too, had favored the bag ban. The lone candidate who was not in favor of the ordinance finished fifth.

The voters have spoken — at least the ones who bothered, an appallingly low 5.7 percent of those registered in Westminster but far higher elsewhere — and they are more than happy with the status quo.