WESTMINSTER -- Carroll County took the first step toward bringing new faces into its government yesterday, choosing three Republicans and three Democrats to run in November for posts on the board of commissioners.
Westminster-area dairy farmer Donald I. Dell was the top vote-getter in the Republican primary, with the other two slots going to incumbent Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge of Hampstead and Richard T. Yates of Sykesville.
Manchester Mayor Elmer C. Lippy Jr. won the most votes in the Democratic primary, followed by Sharon L. Baker of Westminster and Richard F. Will Sr. of Westminster.
In the most closely watched of the county's legislative races, Westminster real estate broker Larry E. Haines was the upset winner in the Republican primary for Senate in District 5, about 20 percent of whose voters live in Baltimore County.
He defeated incumbent Sharon W. Hornberger, who was appointed to the seat last fall when Sen. Raymond E. Beck became a judge, and high school coach John P. Buchheister. Mr. Buchheister had announced last month that he was dropping out of the contest and supporting Mr. Haines.
In the Democratic primary for that Senate seat, Commissioner J. Jeffrey Griffith, a college English professor just graduated with honors from law school, easily defeated Westminster lawyer Francis X. Walsh.
The House of Delegates races featured a Republican primary for the two seats for District 5A, which lies wholly in Carroll County. Incumbent Richard C. Matthews, chairman of the Carroll County delegation, was nominated for a seventh term with Joseph H. Mettle of Eldersburg.
They will face two Democrats, incumbent Richard N. Dixon and Ellen L. Willis of Westminster, in November's general election.
In District 5B, serving parts of Carroll and Baltimore counties, incumbent Lawrence A. Lamotte trounced Democratic challenger Mark S. Nafziger, a Baltimore County follower of political extremist Lyndon LaRouche.
Mr. Lamotte will face two opponents in November: Republican Brenda Ann Strohmer of Woodstock and independent candidate Albert J. Craemer of Owings Mills.
In District 4B, lying in Carroll and Howard counties, incumbent Republican Donald B. Elliott of New Windsor faces only a general election challenge from Democrat William D. Henley Sr. of Mount Airy.
Sen. Charles H. Smelser, whose District 4 represents parts of Carroll, Howard and Frederick counties, had no opponents in the Democratic primary or for the general election.
In the non-partisan Board of Education race, the four winners were incumbent Robert L. Fletcher of Westminster; retired teacher Joseph D. Mish Jr. of Sykesville; school activist Ann M. Ballard of Mount Airy; and civic activist Michael Fitzgerald of Westminster. They will compete for two seats in the general election.
Most notable in the school board race was the absence of President T. Edward Lippy, who decided not to run after serving on the board for 19 years.