Editorial: The Carroll County Times' general election endorsements

Election Day is finally here. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The Carroll County Times endorsed several candidates for local, state and federal offices based on our own reporting, responses to candidate questionnaires, attendance at various candidate forums and debates, reporting by our sister publications, and information the candidates themselves have shared on their websites and social media. For readers who may have missed those endorsements, here they are again. For full endorsements as well as other coverage of the election, visit www.carrollcountytimes.com/elections.


Governor and Lt. Governor: Larry Hogan and Boyd Rutherford, Republican

The Carroll County Times endorses Gov. Larry Hogan for a second term for governor because of the moderate mindset he has brought to the office. As such, the Times is also endorsing Republicans Susan Krebs and April Rose to return to the House of Delegates, along with Democrat Emily Shank.

In his four years in office, Hogan has displayed pragmatism and a willingness to stay above the fray. He has made good on his promises to provide some relief for Maryland families from taxes and fees of previous administrations and improve the business climate in the state. The Republican has provided a much-needed counterbalance to Democrat-control in the legislative branch.


Comptroller: Peter Franchot, Democrat

U.S. Senate: Neal Simon, Unaffiliated

Representative in Congress, District 1: Jesse Colvin, Democrat

Representative in Congress, District 8: John Walsh, Republican


In Congress and U.S. Senate, we endorsed candidates who, while lacking in experience, have more moderate mindsets on the issues than the incumbents currently representing us in Washington.

State Senate, District 5: Justin Ready, Republican

State Senate, District 4: Jessica Douglass, Democrat

State Senate, District 9: Gail Bates, Republican

House of Delegates, District 5 (Vote for up to three): Susan Krebs, Republican; April Rose, Republican; Emily Shank, Democrat

House of Delegates, District 4 (Vote for up to three): Barrie Ciliberti, Republican; Ysela Bravo, Democrat; Lois Jarman, Democrat

House of Delegates, District 9A (Vote for up to two): Trent Kittleman, Republican; Warren Miller, Republican

In all of our picks in state legislative races, we endorsed candidates we think bring a more moderate mindset, similar to that of Gov. Hogan, regardless of party affiliation. In District 5, which comprises the majority of Carroll County, we endorsed Krebs, Rose and Ready, who while staying true to their conservative values, have shown a willingness to work across the aisle and have worked well with Hogan over the past four years to help secure additional hold harmless funding for education in Carroll County and bring attention to road projects in Carroll County that have gone too long without funding. In choosing Shank, we are endorsing someone whom we believe will be able to work with the other members of Carroll’s delegation, Hogan and Democrats in Annapolis, and who has a strong understanding of Carroll County values.

County Commissioner District 1: Stephen Wantz, Republican

County Commissioner District 2: Richard Weaver, Republican

County Commissioner District 3: Dennis Frazier, Republican

County Commissioner District 4: Paul Johnson, Democrat

County Commissioner District 5: Ed Rothstein, Republican

In contested local races, the Carroll County Times is endorsing Commissioner Dennis Frazier for District 3, Paul Johnson for District 4 commissioner, Richard Titus for Circuit Court Judge and Terrie Connolly for Clerk of the Circuit Court.

In contested races, Frazier earned the Times’ endorsement base on his experience on the Board of County Commissioners, his deep understanding of the issues before the board, and his tendency to make decisions based on what is best for the whole county, not just his district. Johnson earned our endorsement for the commissioner seat in District 4, demonstrating throughout the campaign and at various forums that he is a principled, independent thinker on local issues. He also has good ideas for economic development in the county, focusing on bringing information technology jobs here. Wantz, Weaver and Rothstein are unopposed

Judge of the Circuit Court (nonpartisan): Richard Titus

State’s Attorney: Brian DeLeonardo, Republican

Clerk of the Circuit Court: Terrie Connolly, Democrat

Register of Wills: Paul Zimmermann, Republican

Judge of the Orphans’ Court (Vote for up to three): Margaret “Peggy” Bair, Republican; Charles Coles, Republican; Charles Harrison, Democrat

Sheriff: Jim DeWees, Republican

In local contested races related to the judicial branch of government, experience was the deciding factor in making our choices. Titus has served honorably since being appointed to the bench in 2016. Connolly has about three decades of experience working in the Maryland court system. Bair, Coles and Harrison are the only candidates for Judge of the Orphans’ Court with previous experience serving in that capacity.

Board of Education (Nonpartisan, vote for up to three): Patricia Ann Dorsey, Kenneth Kiler, Doug Howard

As early voting is set to begin Thursday, Oct. 25, the Carroll County Times has chosen to endorse Patricia Dorsey, Kenneth Kiler and Doug Howard for the three seats on the Carroll County Board of Education.

Dorsey is the only candidate running with extensive experience working inside the Carroll County Public Schools system both as a classroom teacher and in administration as a principal. Kiler brings with him a business acumen from his years of working in the private sector as an executive vice president of two construction companies, his understanding of budgeting during these lean fiscal times will come in handy on the BOE. Based on Howard’s time on the Board of County Commissioners, we think as a member of the school board, he will initiate conversations that haven’t been happening in the public eye the past few years.

At the bottom of their ballots, Maryland voters will be asked to decide on two Constitutional Amendments, one of which regarding education funding, the other regarding same-day voter registration. On these issues, the Times is in favor of the former and against the latter amendments.

Question 1 Constitutional Amendment Requiring Commercial Gaming Revenues that are for Public Education to Supplement Spending for Education in Public Schools: For the constitutional amendment

This is what many Marylanders thought they were voting for when approved casino gaming a decade ago, told by politicians that a majority of the revenues would fund education. Voting in favor of the amendment would bring hundreds of millions in supplemental education funding to state schools.

Question 2 Constitutional Amendment Same Day Registration and voting at the Precinct Polling Place on Election Day: Against the constitutional amendment

Same-day registration may create more headaches than it is worth during what is already a chaotic day for election judges. It’s also unclear how Maryland would implement same-day registration and how much it would cost taxpayers to add same-day registration when there are already so many opportunities to register with ease.

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