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Carroll commissioner Frazier unruffled by primary defeat


The morning after she lost her bid for re-election to the board of county commissioners, Robin Bartlett Frazier stood proudly on the steps of the County Office Building and participated in a ceremony honoring the victims of Sept. 11.

She delivered an inspirational reading filled with religious references she found appropriate to the event. Afterward, she graciously accepted hugs and condolences from county employees and other supporters.

But, she did not linger. She had a full day of work planned in her office.

"I am commissioner until December and there are many projects I want to complete," she said in an interview Wednesday. "I will try to make sure nothing falls through the cracks."

Frazier, a 42-year-old mother of three from Manchester who is a former loan officer, said she plans no second-guessing of her campaign - even though she finished sixth in a field of 10 candidates. She was one of two conservative commissioners to lose, as voters chose moderate candidates.

"I am not going to analyze this election - that is not important," she said. "I am at peace with this. It was hard work, but everybody worked hard and someone is going to win and someone is going to lose."

At the Republican gathering Tuesday in Westminster, when the tally showed she trailed eventual winners Dean Minnich, incumbent Julia Walsh Gouge and Perry Jones by more than 2,000 votes, Frazier kept her composure.

"All through the evening, several candidates shed tears, but not Robin," said Del. Carmen Amedori, a Westminster Republican. "She means it when she says that she is at peace."

Amedori, who was unopposed in the primary, said Republican conservatives - the backbone of Frazier's support - must have stayed home Tuesday.

"If the core conservative base had turned out, Robin would not have lost," Amedori said.

Robert Wolfing, chairman of the county Republican Central Committee, said, "Conservatives are alive and well in Carroll County. Frazier is a decent, honest person but voters decided they wanted a change at her level of office. Her political career in this county is not over."

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