Election Analysis: Party brands still matter

The so-called conventional wisdom weaving its way around Salisbury on Election Day morning was that Bob Culver would be re-elected County Executive, topping Jack Heath, with John Hamilton trailing far behind. Speculation had the percentages at 45 percent Culver, 40 percent Heath and 15 percent Hamilton. The results, as everyone knows by now, were far […]

Mathias on re-election loss: ‘I’m not bitter’

At midweek, a few days after losing his Maryland Senate seat to challenger Mary Beth Carozza, state Sen. Jim Mathias was on his way to a meeting. Typically upbeat, and with a gentle reminder that he’s still in office until January, Mathias said he has a legislative agenda “that I will move forward and now […]

Heath-Culver essentially tied in election fund-raising

While the election results were lopsided, County Executive candidates Bob Culver and Jack Heath were virtually tied when it came to raising campaign donations for their 2018 efforts. For the election cycle, Culver raised $20,265 to Heath’s $20,060. The figures do not include dollars raised in the final two weeks. Heath’s fund-raising surges came right […]

Who were the top 10 Wicomico vote recipients?

The Top 10 vote recipients in Wicomico County in the 2018 election: Karen Lemon, Register of Wills,  26,377 Mike Lewis, Sheriff, 23,456 Larry Hogan, Governor, 22,107 Kathleen Beckstead, Circuit Court Judge, 21,082 Matt Maciarello, Circuit Court Judge, 20,689 Jamie Dykes, State’s Attorney, 19,093 Mark Bowen, Orphan’s Court, 17,289 Bo McAllister, Clerk of Court, 17,108 Andy […]

Culver wins County Executive’s office again

What was expected to be a close contest between the incumbent County Executive and the sitting Salisbury City Council President ended in a rout Tuesday night. Republican Bob Culver brushed aside Democratic challenger John Hamilton and independent Jack Heath, taking 49.1 percent of the vote in the three-man contest. Culver becomes the second County Executive […]

School board members finally voter-chosen

Don Fitzgerald is a big man with a raspy voice, his voicebox having been damaged by exposure to chemicals while in war service in Vietnam. And though he can be difficult to hear, it’s impossible not to feel his presence and listen closely when he talks about the county’s school children and reveals a deep […]

Cannon, McCain, Kilmer, Dodd, Hastings win contests

Incumbent Wicomico County Council President John Cannon and Bill McCain won the two at-large seats on the Council, with Cannon, a Republican, receiving the most votes, with 14,602. McCain, a Democrat, who formerly served on the council and decided to run again, had 13,189 votes. The two challengers, Julie Brewington and Jamaad Gould, received 12,702 […]

Jamie Dykes wins State’s Attorney’s battle

The election for State’s Attorney was probably decided the day Jamie Dykes publicly announced for the office. Up against suggestions she might be a “light weight” given her experience prosecuting highly emotional cases in the child advocacy arena, as well as the typical sexist suggestions that a woman couldn’t be strong prosecutor, Dykes, a Republican, […]

Delegate Carozza unseats Sen. Jim Mathias

In a tight race, Maryland Delegate Mary Beth Carozza, a Republican, unseated incumbent Democratic Sen. Jim Mathias by a slim margin both statewide and locally. In the three Lower counties, the 57-year-old Ocean City resident won with 53 percent or 24,370 votes. Mathias received 47 percent with 21,530 votes. In Wicomico County, Carozza received 8,488 […]

Voter Guide 2018: Wicomico State’s Attorney

The Wicomico State’s Attorney’s race pits a court-appointed attorney, Jamie Dykes, against a well-known and longtime Salisbury defense attorney, Seth Mitchell. This is a brief narrative summarizing the contenders’ experience and positions. A PAC 14 “One On One” interview is attached through YouTube.