Two incumbents ousted in Carroll commissioners race

With school funding one of the top issues in the Carroll County Commissioners’ race, Republican candidates who received the backing of the local teachers’ union won in four of the five districts, ousting two incumbents in the process.

But conservative incumbent Richard Rothschild — who lacked the union’s support — was the leading voting-getter among all commissioner candidates with nearly all the precincts reporting. Rothschild held off a challenge from Barbara Biller, who had a slim lead after early voting was tabulated. But Rothschild was stronger at the polls on Election Day.

Like Rothschild, incumbent Doug Howard turned back a primary challenge from Cathey Allison. Rothschild and Howard will be unopposed in November’s general election, essentially earning re-election to the board.

Joining them will be Richard Weaver, who garnered more than half of the votes in District 2, defeating opponents Brian DiMaggio and William Niner. Weaver will also run unopposed in November.

Steven Wantz ousted incumbent Robin Bartlett Frazier in District 1. In a crowded District 3 primary, Dennis Frazier emerged as the leader, ahead of incumbent Dave Roush.

Dennis Frazier will face Democrat Maria Warburton, who was unopposed in the primary, and possibly unaffiliated candidate Mae Alexander, who has filed a petition to appear on the general election ballot, for the seat on the board.

Wantz, the District 1 Republican winner, will face Democrat Jackie Jones, who was unopposed in the primary, in the general election.

Meanwhile, Carroll County will have a new state’s attorney after challenger Brian DeLeonardo ousted five-term incumbent Jerry Barnes in the Republican primary. DeLeonardo will run unopposed in November’s general election. DeLeonardo is a private attorney with offices in Baltimore County.

In the Carroll County Sheriff race, Jim DeWees, a Maryland State Police captain, ran away with the Republican nomination, putting him well ahead of opponents Phil Kasten and Chris Fiora. DeWees will face Democrat Vince Pacelli in November’s general election. Pacelli ran unopposed in the primary.

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