District 38B: Anderton shocks legislative veteran Conway

In an upset that will be felt from Wicomico County all the way to the halls of the State House in Annapolis, Republican newcomer Carl Anderton unseated veteran Delegate Norman Conway.

A Democrat and dean of the Eastern Shore Delegation, Conway served in Annapolis for 28 years.

Anderton, 41, the mayor of Delmar, Md., won with 53 percent of the vote to Conway’s 47 percent.

The winner Anderton received 5,395 votes, Conway 4,828.

He took a chance challenging Conway, who was firmly established in Annapolis and served as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. A former Salisbury Council member, Conway’s political career began in 1970.

As Appropriations chairman, Conway was considered the third most-important figure in Marland governor. He was known for steering funding for numerous public works project to Wicomico County and District 38B.

Anderton’s only other political experience was serving on the Delmar Town Council.

He said he decided to run after being elected president of Maryland Municipal League and noticing what he called “a lack of representation in Annapolis.”

“I had nobody I could go to talk to about bills and ideas to expand job growth on the Eastern Shore,” he said.

The election took an ugly turn when political mailings went out depicting Conway as a burglar and inmate.

Conway said he was disappointed that no Republican spoke against it, but Anderton said he did object, and that he was not involved or responsible.

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