South Carroll voters in a new single-member legislative district appeared to nominate Republican Susan Krebs, president of the school board, yesterday. She would face Democrat Kenneth Holniker, a prominent attorney, in the November election.
In the Frederick-Carroll District 4 Republican Senate primary, Del. David R. Brinkley defeated incumbent Timothy R. Ferguson, who spent $100,000 in his unsuccessful bid for a third term. With 33 of 35 precincts reporting, Brinkley had a 2,500-vote lead. David P. Gray, a three-term Frederick County commissioner, was a distant third.
In South Carroll's new District 9B, Krebs led her nearest rival in the six-candidate GOP field, Larry Helminiak, by 209 votes with all 10 precincts reporting.
Elections officials could not say last night how many of the county's 1,042 absentee ballots, which will be counted Sept. 18, are from 9B voters.
Krebs, who gave up a Board of Education seat to run for the General Assembly, campaigned on a pledge to ease the crunch in the area's schools. She will face Holniker, who bested his only rival by more than 600 votes.
Holniker, 74, who ran on his long years of community service, plans to discuss his strategy during weekly news releases starting Monday.
"I have a lot to say," Holniker said. "I want to show voters the difference."
Krebs, 42, ran on her expertise on education issues with promises to ease the crunch in Carroll's classrooms.
Republican Michael R. Guerin, 33, finished third in his first race for office.
Michael D. Zimmer, a Mount Airy attorney who targeted Krebs in the campaign, finished fourth. Robert L. Tabler Jr., an Eldersburg real estate agent, came in fifth. Richard T. Yates, who won a county commissioner seat eight years ago, finished last.
The only other contested state race - in District 4B - was too close to call. Only six votes separated Democrats Robert Lubitz and Thomas Morrison. The winner will face four-term incumbent Donald B. Elliott.