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Republican leader sees spending as key for governor-elect

State Sen. David Brinkley, left, and state Sen. Joseph Getty, listen during the Joint Republican Caucus' annual pre-session briefing in Annapolis last January.
State Sen. David Brinkley, left, and state Sen. Joseph Getty, listen during the Joint Republican Caucus' annual pre-session briefing in Annapolis last January. (File photo)

The results from the Nov. 4 general election promise an exciting four years ahead, according to Republican incumbent state Sen. Joe Getty, who received more than 78 percent of the vote (36,987 votes) in District 5 to defeat Democrat Anita Riley (10,0435), according to the Maryland Board of Elections website.

"It was a resounding message sent by Maryland voters," Getty said on the election of Republican Larry Hogan, who received more than 51 percent of the vote (866,831) to defeat his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (792,277) and win the race for governor.

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"I think it shocked the Democratic leadership," Getty said on the race, which Hogan won handily in Carroll with more than 82 percent of the vote, according to the state website.

One of the first steps for the new governor will be putting the state's financial needs in order.

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"Governor [Martin] O'Malley's problem was, every time he raised taxes, he raised spending," Getty said. "The first session for Larry Hogan is putting the fiscal house in order. It is a challenge to get the right balance."

Getty will be joined by three fellow Republicans in the General Assembly in representing District 5. Dels. Susan Krebs (35,320) and Justin Ready (34,432) were re-elected with former County Commissioner Haven Shoemaker (33,634) earned the third spot, ahead of Democrats Dorothy Scanlan (11,556) and Zachary Hands (8.095), according to the state elections website,

Transportation will be a big issue, too, Getty predicted.

"O'Malley's priority was mass transit. He has committed to two major mass transit projects," Getty said. "Many of the county and municipal leaders across the state want the state government to return to its commitment of making roads and road improvements."

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Carroll County will be in a good position in the new administration, Getty said.

"During the campaign, Larry Hogan enjoyed visiting Carroll County," said Getty, who hosted a rally for Hogan at the Best Western-Westminster on Oct. 28 during the early voting period. "He always felt a lot of support from the people he encountered here."

Hogan will address the questions of inadequate educational funding across the state, Getty said, especially in Carroll.

Getty also predicted the governor-elect would work with the private sectors to get businesses growing and to get people back to work.

"I think that Larry Hogan's message — pocketbook issues — resonated squarely with the concerns of Carroll County," Getty said. "We're still feeling the effects of the difficult economy."

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